• Recent News Releases

    March 31, 2014

    As Part of Choosing Wisely® Campaign: SCAI Issues List of Tests and Treatments to Avoid

    The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) today issued a list of five specific, evidence-based recommendations that should be avoided in the care of patients who have, or are at risk for, cardiovascular disease. SCAI’s list was developed as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, to help physicians and patients make wise decisions together about the most appropriate care based on individual situations.
    March 28, 2014

    Pennsylvania Recognizes ACE Accreditation for Cath Labs Without Onsite Surgical Backup

    This winter, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) recognized Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) as the Commonwealth’s only approved accreditation agency for Pennsylvania cardiac cath lab facilities that wish to provide elective PCI services without onsite open-heart surgery programs. ACE has been providing expert guidance to state regulatory departments on standard criteria for cardiac catheterization laboratories since 2010.
    March 28, 2014

    Real-World Coding: Are Pre-procedure Evaluation & Management Services Reportable in Addition to the Procedure?

    Can our physicians bill for the Evaluation & Management (E&M) services if they are performed on the same day as a procedure? What if the physician work-up is over and beyond what is considered pre-operative? Is it still considered to be included in the minor procedure?
    March 28, 2014

    State of Advocacy: Evergreen State Members Partner with SCAI to Protect Patient Access to Stent Care

    Is Washington State’s cost-containment process for medical technology the proverbial canary in the coal mine for interventional cardiologists? Absolutely, say Robert M. Bersin, M.D., MPH, FSCAI, medical director of Structural Heart Services and Endovascular Services at Swedish Heart and Vascular in Seattle, and Larry S. Dean, M.D., FSCAI, director of the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center in Seattle and a SCAI past president.
    March 28, 2014

    ACC, AHA, SCAI Publish Structured Reporting Initiative to Standardize and Improve Patient Care

    The cardiovascular community has come together to develop clinical standards for how to report a variety of cardiac catheterization procedures and improve patient care by making clinical data more timely, accessible, consistent and useable.
    March 28, 2014

    Demand for SCAI’s Transradial Education Continues; New Programs Announced

    As use of transradial interventions continues to climb, SCAI members want more opportunities to learn both basic and advanced techniques as well as how to integrate their new skills into cath lab programs. To fulfill these needs, SCAI will hold three Transradial Interventional Programs (TRIP) in 2014 and will continue to offer TRIP Online, which provides CME to participants who complete the program.
    March 17, 2014

    Expert Consensus Document Outlines Recommendations to Improve Quality and Safety as Increasing Number of PCIs Are Performed Without On-Site Surgical Backup

    The increasing number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) being performed at low-volume centers without on-site cardiac surgery backup has driven the need for new safety and quality protocols, according to an expert consensus document released today and written by a committee representing the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The document outlines steps hospitals can take to provide the safest possible environment for PCI when the facility does not provide cardiac surgery as a backup should complications occur.
    February 04, 2014

    New Strategy for Next Phase in Healthcare Reform Redefines Value

    Achieving real quality improvement and reducing costs means reevaluating what constitutes value, according to a new paper e-published today in the journal Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI). A new formula to define value, as presented in the paper, equates “real value” with appropriateness – already a widely used cost-effectiveness tool – together with clinically defined outcomes and patient-expected outcomes relative to costs.
    January 10, 2014

    SCAI-Quality Improvement Toolkit: New Tool Supports Optimal Coordination of Patient Care Across Providers

    SCAI has just published “Care Coordination with Referring Physicians,” the newest addition to the Society’s highly regarded Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT). The Care Coordination tool is an informative slide deck addressing a range of topics concerning patient care before, during, and after cardiac interventions. Like all of the tools in SCAI-QIT, the Care Coordination resource is available for free download, and is aimed at fueling discussion and supporting efforts to improve the quality of care delivered to patients with cardiovascular disease.
    January 10, 2014

    CHD Registries: Leveraging Big Data to Improve the Care of Little Hearts

    Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect, affecting about 40,000, or 1 percent, of American births annually. One of the most ambitious recent undertakings in treatment of CHD has been to harness data about critical procedures through both global and regional online registries. This is important work, experts say, because outcomes data in pediatric interventional cardiology are scarce compared to other fields.