• SCAI This Week
  • October 5, 2012

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    Registration Now Open for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions in Orlando!

    If YOU can only attend one Interventional Cardiology education program this year, shouldn't it be the Best of the Best?

    Shouldn't it be SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions?

    Start planning now to join SCAI, colleagues and friends in celebrating 36 years of the Best of the Best in Interventional/Invasive Cardiology Education in Orlando on May 8-11, 2013.

    With an unparalleled focus on advances in interventional and invasive cardiology, SCAI 2013 will feature cutting-edge research, taped cases from around the world, case reviews, interactive workshops and more presented by the field's foremost thought-leaders and teachers all serve one goal - helping you optimize patient care.

    Some of this year's exciting additions include a devoted Quality Improvement Track and a can't-miss opening general session.

    Ever wish you could attend two simultaneous sessions? Be sure to upgrade to premium

    You can now and more with the introduction of Premium Registration at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions, which includes a free subscription to SCAI 2013 On Demand for only $100 more than regular registration.

    SCAI 2013 On Demand guarantees you don't miss any sessions, allowing you to view slides and listen to audio from sessions you missed on site at the meeting, as well as from your office, home, etc. 24/7 through May 1, 2014.

    Register for SCAI 2013 Now - Be Sure to Upgrade to Premium

    More Information on SCAI 2013

    Take Advantage of the Tremendous Room Rate at the Peabody

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    "Cardiology at Hand" App Offers CCI and Other Wiley Cardiology Titles

    Access SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) and 10 other Wiley cardiology journals on your Android, iPhone, iPad, or Blackberry now with the all-new Cardiology at Hand App.

    With the rapid publication of news and research articles it's harder than ever to stay focused on the most relevant and useful content. Download the Cardiology at Hand App for your mobile device and access instant updates from the field of cardiology, including cutting-edge article abstracts, news and details of upcoming events.

    Simple and easy to navigate, Cardiology at Hand presents an optimized reading experience for your mobile device. You can easily tag content for convenient reading and share with your friends and colleagues through email, Twitter, Facebook, and more!

    Download the Cardiology at Hand App, Featuring CCI Content

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    Members Discuss Physicians' Perspective on Healthcare Environment

    At AdvaMed’s 2012 annual conference this week, a panel of physicians, including several SCAI members, discussed issues impacting the global healthcare environment.

    “Change is here to stay,” said Covidien Chief Medical Officer Mark A. Turco, MD, FSCAI, who organized and moderated the panel. He asked panel members Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FSCAI, Peter J. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, Michael R. Jaff, DO, FSCAI, Aaron V. Kaplan, MD, FSCAI, William C. Mackey, MD, J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, and Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FSCAI, to comment on a wide variety of issues with short-and long-term implications for the delivery of health care. Among topics discussed:

    • the sustainability of physician-owned practices, considering the growing trend toward physicians seeking hospital employment;
    • consolidation under accountable care organizations;
    • the growing role of value analysis committees;
    • care redesign; and
    • the future of innovation.

    Throughout the wide-ranging discussion, panelists expressed concerns about some of the specific challenges facing healthcare in the United States and worldwide, but they were united in their excitement about the future. In particular, they were enthusiastic about opportunities to leverage the enormous troves of data already or soon to be “at our fingertips”; to improve outcomes by encouraging “informed consumer-driven” healthcare decision making; and to spawn “amazing innovation” from the “chaos” that Medicine is experiencing today.

    “Here’s how I look at it,” said Dr. Jaff in concluding remarks that the other panelists cheered. “There’s a world out there counting on us to take care of them. We have to re-invent ourselves so that we can take care of them. And we will. It’s exciting!”

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    SecondsCount.org: Want to Help Your Patients Get Moving?

    In addition to in-depth information on cardiovascular conditions, tests, and treatment options, SecondsCount.org features helpful information on why physical activity benefits your  heart, strategies for getting started with an exercise program (and sticking with it), and helpful tools for making  it fun, such as the SecondsCount Calendar of Fun Physical Activities. Please check out SecondsCount and share the site with your patients!

    SecondsCount Guide to Physical Activity

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    eLearning Spotlight: SCAI-QIT Webinars Focus on Job #1 - Quality

    Quality is job #1 as the interventional cardiology community focuses on tackling continuous quality improvement in the cardiac cath lab by getting involved in SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT).

    SCAI-QIT's Library of Webinar Archives makes it even easier to focus on quality improvement, by providing cardiovascular professionals and interventional/invasive cardiologists with FREE, 24/7 access to several webinars focusing on guidelines, peer review conferences, random case selection, national database participation, pre-procedure checklists, data collection, inventory management, and more.

    Here's what some webinar attendees have had to say about the series:

    "Excellent webinars - like the links provided - easier to access when content fresh in mind- thank you!"

    "Excellent source of useful information, Thank You!"

    "Very Informative and put together very well"

    "Great webinar. Look forward to sharing this information and implementing more Quality Improvement components."

    Access the Archive of Past SCAI-QIT Webinars

    Visit SCAI's eLearning Library

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