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    SCAI Responds to CMS National and Local Plans for Prepayment Audit of Claims

    SCAI is very concerned about plans by CMS and its contractors to engage in prepayment review of charts for appropriateness through the Recovery Audit Program Prepayment Review demonstration and carrier-specific programs. In Florida, the Medicare Administrator Contractor (MAC) Firstcoast will be focusing on prepayment review of 15 DRGs, including stent implantations, PCI procedures without stents, other vascular and circulatory-system procedures, as well as ICDs, pacemakers, and a few noncardiovascular procedures.
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    December 09, 2011

    SCAI Responds to CMS National and Local Plans for Prepayment Audit of Claims

    SCAI is very concerned about plans by CMS and its contractors to engage in prepayment review of charts for appropriateness through the Recovery Audit Program Prepayment Review demonstration and carrier-specific programs. In Florida, the Medicare Administrator Contractor (MAC) Firstcoast will be focusing on prepayment review of 15 DRGs, including stent implantations, PCI procedures without stents, other vascular and circulatory-system procedures, as well as ICDs, pacemakers, and a few noncardiovascular procedures.
    October 27, 2010

    SCAI’s Regional Public Education Program Sparks Discussion About Future of U.S. Healthcare

    Healthcare providers, patients and their families, journalists and others gathered in Pittsburgh last week for the latest in SCAI’s Know What Counts regional public education programs. Focused on the potential impact of healthcare reform, the event brought together speakers representing many of the decision-makers who influence healthcare outcomes, including Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato, representatives from the health insurance industry and academic medical center administration, interventional cardiology, and preventive cardiac nursing. A special highlight was the testimonial given by a local patient who has survived three heart attacks and worries about how health reform could affect his access to specialty care in the future.
    October 01, 2010

    SCAI Speaks on Medicare Data for Performance Measurement

    SCAI and its partners in the Alliance of Spcialty Medicine offered feedback earlier this week on Section 10332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to make claims data available to qualified entities for the evaluation of the performance of providers on measures of quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and resource use. In comments to CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick, the Society reiterates its support of efforts to help physicians better understand the quality and cost of their care and to provide them with tools that will allow for the continuous improvement of care. However, the Society cautions CMS to move carefully in implementing programs that result in public reporting of performance data and that rely solely on claims data to make such determinations.
    May 13, 2010

    Revisions Offered for CMS' Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

    SCAI recently expressed its concerns over CMS' Electronic Health Record Incentive Program to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
    April 06, 2010

    SCAI, Alliance Support Efforts to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board in Reform Package

    SCAI, Alliance recently expressed support for Representative Phil Roe's efforts to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board in Health Care Reform package.
    April 01, 2010

    SCAI Provides Health Care Reform Timeline to Help Answer Member Questions

    Have questions about when and how the recently passed Health Care Reform package will affect you? SCAI has summarized and condensed details of the health care reform implementation timeline to assist members.
    March 19, 2010

    SCAI Urges Congress to Vote NO on Health Care Reform Package

    In an Alliance of Specialty Medicine letter being distributed to members of Congress today, SCAI and its specialty medicine partners reiterate their opposition to the Senate passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) and the newly released Health Care Education Affordability Reconciliation Act (HR 4872).
    March 12, 2010

    Senator John McCain Cites SCAI Letter on Health Care Reform

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) read SCAI's letter on Health Care Reform into the Congressional Record on Thursday, March 11, citing concerns by the Society and its Alliance of Specialty Medicine partners regarding the Senate approved health care reform bill. The letter was originally distributed on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 10.
    March 04, 2010

    SCAI Program on Capitol Hill Focuses on Health Care Disparities

    SCAI was on Capitol Hill this week, hosting an educational program that drew a diverse audience of approximately 100 attendees, including House of Representatives staff, physicians and other health care providers, patients, and other members of the public. The latest in SCAI’s series of Know What Counts regional education programs was directed by SCAI Trustee Mark Turco, M.D., FSCAI, and cosponsored by the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Mended Hearts, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. The event assembled an esteemed group of speakers, including U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), to examine racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in health care and discuss how to address these issues.
    February 24, 2010

    SCAI Offers Health Care Reform Recommendations to President

    With President Barack Obama's new Health Care Reform proposal expected to be out early next week, SCAI has written to President Obama recommending changes in existing Democratic Health Care Reform proposals.