SCAI Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act
June 28, 2012
SCAI respects the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act; however, we believe the decision will not have a major impact on the care interventional cardiologists provide for patients. As angioplasty and stenting is recognized as the gold standard for treatment of heart attack, interventional cardiologists treat patients who require immediate care. In these scenarios, opening blocked heart arteries is an emergency, and no time can be lost to check the patient’s insurance status.
“Interventional cardiologists are on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, prepared to perform urgent angioplasty and stenting at any time – whenever a patient is having a heart attack,” said SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, M.D., FSCAI. “With or without a legal mandate, our focus has always been to provide the best possible quality care to each patient, and that almost always means within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival at the hospital.”
As health reform evolves, SCAI will continue its efforts to improve the quality of care patients receive in the U.S. healthcare system – always with a focus on providing the best possible care at reasonable costs. To that end, SCAI is the founding sponsor of the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) program, the premier credentialing organization for cath labs, whose task is to review cath labs, ensuring high-quality, appropriate and guideline-driven care is delivered. In addition, across the United States, the Society’s Quality Champions are using tools in the SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) to help cath labs continuously improve their processes and patient outcomes. Through innovative undertakings such as these, as well as educational activities and advocacy initiatives, SCAI will continue making every effort to work with legislative, regulatory and administrative bodies to develop policies and programs that support optimal patient care.