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    SCAI Fellows Take Interventional Cardiology’s Messages to Capitol Hill

    This week, SCAI President Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI, and members of the Society’s Advocacy Committee spent two days talking with policymakers, including a number of elected officials and their staff.
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    July 10, 2014

    SCAI Fellows Take Interventional Cardiology’s Messages to Capitol Hill

    This week, SCAI President Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI, and members of the Society’s Advocacy Committee spent two days talking with policymakers, including a number of elected officials and their staff.
    June 18, 2014

    National Quality Forum Opens Public Comments for Cardiovascular Measures

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) has announced a public comment period between now and June 25 regarding 12 measures. Many of these measures were developed in collaboration with SCAI, ACC, AHA, AMA-PCPI, NCQA, and Mended Hearts.
    May 29, 2014

    CMS Grants Physician Specialty Designation for Interventional Cardiology

    SCAI has received official confirmation that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted SCAI’s request for a new physician specialty designation for Interventional Cardiology. This recognition of our field as a distinct physician specialty is a major achievement because it will enhance our ability to represent our profession and our patients.
    March 21, 2014

    SCAI Fights to Reverse New York State Policy That Misuses AUC, Potentially Limits Medicaid Patients' Access to Care

    This week SCAI communicated objections to a policy recently enacted in New York State that would recoup Medicaid payments to physicians and hospitals for elective percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) deemed "rarely appropriate" based on the state's interpretation of the 2012 appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization.
    December 01, 2013

    CMS 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Ruling Released

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. The rule sets the payment rates for all services paid to physicians for Medicare patients in 2014. An initial review shows that the net impact of the rule will be a +1% increase for cardiology as a whole (see page 1286). CMS also withdrew proposed reductions of up to 40% in payments to peripheral procedures done outside of hospitals.
    September 13, 2013

    SCAI Opposes Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Reductions

    In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule, SCAI voiced strong opposition to CMS’s attack on reimbursement rates for some peripheral procedures performed outside of a hospital.
    September 13, 2013

    Society Teaming With ASH on Severe & Resistant Hypertension Workshop

    SCAI is teaming up with the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) for an interactive workshop, "Detection, Evaluation, and Management of Severe & Resistant Hypertension," targeted at health care providers, academia, industry, regulators and payors.
    September 13, 2013

    Society Expresses Concerns Over CMS's 2014 Outpatient Proposals

    SCAI is voicing serious concerns over CMS’s 2014 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System(HOPPS) proposed rule. SCAI opposes the proposed establishment of comprehensive, “super” bundled ambulatory payment classifications (APCs) for device-dependent procedures, specifically for APCs involving the new percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) codes that went into effect on January 1, 2013. In comments submitted late last week, SCAI points out that CMS does not have the necessary data needed to accurately set comprehensive APC payment rates for these procedures.
    September 13, 2013

    Tools Available to Simplify Revised HIPAA Rules Going Into Effect Sept. 23

    A new toolkit released by the AMA can help physicians navigate sweeping new revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. Physicians must comply with them by Sept. 23.
    September 13, 2013

    Attendance is Limited: Alliance/CMS to Host QRUR Webinar on Sept. 26

    The Alliance of Specialty Medicine is partnering with CMS to host a webinar to engage interventional and invasive cardiologist and other specialty physicians in groups of 25 or more eligible professionals on how to download their PY2012 Quality and Resource Ue Reports (QRURs).