• Recent News Releases

    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.
    June 12, 2014

    Second in SCAI Appropriate Use PAD Series Provides Guidance on Treatment for Blocked Arteries Above the Knee

    New appropriate use expert consensus documents developed by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) provide guidance on treating the most common form of peripheral artery disease (PAD), namely blockages that affect arteries above the knee. The paper e-published today in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions is the second in a series of PAD treatment recommendations released by SCAI. The series is aimed at helping physicians determine treatment options for the growing number of patients impacted by PAD.
    May 30, 2014

    Real-Time Radiation Monitoring Reduces Patient and Interventional Cardiologist Exposure

    Las Vegas, Nev. (May 30, 2014) – A real-time monitoring device that beeps in the presence of high doses of radiation can help reduce patient and interventional cardiologist exposure to radiation during cardiac catheterization, according to results of the RadiCure study presented today as a late-breaking clinical trial at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2014 Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas.
    May 30, 2014

    Sanding Away Calcium in the Coronary Arteries Improves Stent Deployment and Long-Term Outcomes

    LAS VEGAS (May 30, 2014) – After one year, patients treated with orbital atherectomy, a procedure to sand away calcium in the coronary arteries prior to stenting, were less likely to require a repeat procedure to reopen their vessel or suffer a heart attack or death compared to other published trials in patients with heavily calcified arteries. The new results from the ORBIT II study were presented today as a late-breaking clinical trial at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2014 Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas.