• Recent News Releases

    August 19, 2014

    SCAI Statement on New Report Showing Heart Disease Deaths Dropped Significantly in Past Decade

    Efforts over the past decade to improve the quality of care for cardiovascular disease patients and increase the use of evidence-based treatments have led to a significant drop in the rate of hospitalizations and deaths, according to a new study released today in the journal Circulation. The results are welcome news and emphasize the value of recent efforts by the cardiovascular community to support the delivery of timely, high-quality care to patients. Today’s news also underscores the need to remain committed to efforts to improve outcomes and access to appropriate heart disease care.
    August 19, 2014

    SCAI Publishes Expert Consensus Recommendations for Treatment of Renal Artery Stenosis

    Renal artery stenting to open blockages in the kidney arteries may benefit patients who have historically been excluded from modern clinical trials, according to new recommendations e-published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions today by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).
    August 05, 2014

    SCAI President's Message: Summer Update

    This is a busy and exciting time at SCAI, and I wanted to provide you with an update on your society. These messages will be my way to ensure I stay in touch with you throughout my presidency.
    July 28, 2014

    SCAI Rallies House of Cardiology Around MOC Reform

    In response to member dissatisfaction with the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, SCAI has formed a physician-led working group to develop an action plan to spur MOC reform. “We believe that maintaining physician competence is of the highest importance,” explained Alan Yeung, MD, FSCAI, SCAI MOC Working Group chair. “It is the current process and products for facilitating maintenance of board certification that are not acceptable.”
    July 28, 2014

    Changing New York's State of Mind

    SCAI Advocates for Medicaid Patients’ Access to Cardiovascular Care: As healthcare costs continue to rise, policymakers and payers are searching for new ways to curb costs. Cardiovascular interventions, like many other procedures, are facing increasing scrutiny. However, when policymakers inappropriately apply cost-cutting measures, SCAI mobilizes its advocacy team to watch for potentially negative impacts on patients’ access to quality care.
    July 28, 2014

    SCAI’s Quality Improvement Apps Boost AUC Scores, Support Discussion About Risk

    Since coronary revascularization appropriate use criteria (AUC) were released, hospitals across the country have worked to improve their AUC scores. Now two busy cath labs have achieved real-world success using SCAI’s quality improvement tools. One of the most helpful: SCAI’s easy-to-use software app that transforms the 25-page AUC document into simple dropdown menus and, with just a few mouse clicks, provides real-time information to help interventional cardiologists determine whether a PCI would be considered appropriate.
    July 28, 2014

    Coarctation of Aorta: Coding Strategy for Congenital Case

    Q: Which codes are applicable for repair of coarctation of aorta? A: The short answer to this question is that this case would be reported with codes 33881, 93531 and 75957. To understand why, it is necessary to review a procedure description and summary of the angiography performed. Readers should note that, due to publication space limitations, only the basics from the real-world procedure report are presented. References to product names have been removed as appropriate. While accurate coding requires review of all procedure reports in their entirety, we have highlighted keywords that support the coding decisions discussed here.
    July 28, 2014

    10 Tips for Your First Cath Lab Case

    You’ve finished your interventional fellowship year(s). You may have been the rock star of your class, but now you are the small fish in a big pond. How will you succeed? How will you get through that all-important first case? Here are some suggestions compiled from the experiences of SCAI’s Interventional Career Development Committee.
    July 28, 2014

    SCAI Members Showcase Success Using SCAI-QIT

    SCAI’s ongoing dedication to quality is embedded in all Society activities, and SCAI 2014 was no exception. The successful Quality Improvement Track was packed with well-attended sessions featuring practical information on improving and maintaining quality and how to get there.
    July 18, 2014

    SCAI Publishes Expert Consensus Recommendations for Treating Below-the-Knee Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

    The incidence of obesity and diabetes is increasing, and with them the number of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) – or blockages in the arteries of the limbs. A new series of expert consensus recommendations developed by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) will help physicians determine the best course of action for patients whose blockages reduce blood flow to their limbs, putting them at risk for gangrene and amputation. The third paper in the series, e-published today in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions, outlines recommendations for treating infrapopliteal (IP), or “below-the-knee,” arterial disease.