February 28, 2015 / President's Message
I’m writing to share news about some important new resources that you’ll want to take advantage of. First, just posted on SCAI.org is a brand-new FAQ tool that addresses the questions that you and your billing staff may have about CMS’s new specialty designation for Interventional Cardiology. In case you missed it, this is a big step forward for our specialty because, once you change your designation in the CMS database, your Medicare claims will be less likely to be denied as “duplicates” of services provided by other physicians in your practice who are not interventionalists. The new designation should also help all of us improve how our services are perceived with regard to resource utilization and outcomes. By identifying ourselves as Interventional Cardiologists (rather than as Cardiologists) we help eliminate apples-to-oranges comparisons with other physicians whose work is less intense and whose patients are often less complex. Keep reading.
February 23, 2015 / Press Release
Today the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced the selection of 12 early-career interventional cardiologists to participate in the 2015-17 Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program, a collaborative program developed in 2010 by SCAI in partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). These promising young physicians will participate in an intense, hands-on, two-year mentorship program to improve and refine their skills as leaders in medicine, ambassadors for their specialty and advocates for their patients. Find out who made the cut.
February 17, 2015 / Press Release
– Increasingly, physicians and scientists are discovering the complex connections among genes in the body that influence disease. These discoveries will enable personalized treatments in an emerging area of science known as network medicine. In his upcoming Mullins Lecture at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2015 Scientific Sessions, “Network Medicine: A Systems Approach to Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosis and Management,” Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Physician-in-Chief of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will discuss how advances in big data are enabling the new field of network medicine to uncover the complex pathways that influence disease. Continue reading.
February 11, 2015 / President's Message
A package of articles in today’s US News & World Report, “Are Doctors Exposing Heart Patients to Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures?” raises pointed questions about the number and variation in rates of cardiac catheterizations for procedures such as angioplasty and stent implantation performed in centers outside major urban areas across the country. Citing Medicare and billing data, it highlights the record of a single practitioner in rural Louisiana who performed a high number of procedures, though it clearly states he hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing. Continue reading.
February 3, 2015 / President's Message
Today the ABIM announced major changes to its maintenance of certification (MOC) program and apologized for launching programs that “weren’t ready” and that “didn't deliver an MOC program that physicians found meaningful.” SCAI recognizes its members for their voice and support of SCAI in these efforts to initiate necessary changes. The ABIM should also be recognized for listening and making positive changes. Over the next few days we will be in contact with the ABIM to learn more about their plans and to reiterate concerns we have raised that do not appear to be addressed in today’s message. Continue reading.
January 30, 2015 / President's Message
An article in today’s The New York Times, “Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs,” focuses on increases in peripheral arterial stenting. SCAI is concerned about several of the claims in the article. In particular, we question the journalists’ conclusions about the use of peripheral arterial procedures when it appears that the vast majority of the increase in procedures has occurred with venous procedures. Continue reading.
January 5, 2015 / Press Release
New clinical research is essential to the development of hospital quality measurement, public reporting and pay-for-performance programs, according to Robert Harrington, MD, FSCAI, chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, who will present the SCAI 2015 Scientific Sessions Hildner Lecture, "The Future of Clinical Research in Interventional Cardiology: Challenges and Opportunities," on Friday, May 8, in San Diego. In his upcoming lecture, Dr. Harrington will argue that simplification of larger trials, better early-phase investigations and the use of electronic health records can ease the path to new research. Continue reading.