• October 26, 2012

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    RSVP Now for Webinar on Sweeping Changes in Cardiology Coding

    RSVP NOW for this free, web-based educational program designed to prepare you and your billing staff for major changes coming to cardiology coding in 2013. In an effort to protect the valuations for your bread-and-butter procedures, the House of Cardiology had to initiate a complete restructuring of the codes and coding conventions for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and ablation procedures.

    November 28, 2012 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Webinar: 2013 Coding Update: the House of Cardiology Prepares You for Sweeping Changes in Cardiology Coding Coming in 2013

    Registration: FREE for SCAI Members

    » RSVP NOW

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    New York Times Publishes Letter to Editor from SCAI President on CAS

    “Can You Do Too Much to Prevent a Stroke?”, a New York Times column published last week, quotes specialists representing only two-thirds of approaches to preventing stroke, excluding interventional cardiologists.  In her column exploring the role of medical therapy, carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting in stroke prevention, Jane Brody offers quotes such as, “Cardiologists have no business messing with carotid arteries.”

    Troubled by such unbalanced reporting, SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, submitted a letter to the editor. In the letter, Dr. Marshall points out that carotid artery stenting is recognized by Medicare as a safe and effective treatment for some patients with symptomatic carotid blockages and goes on to write “doctors who perform carotid stenting should not be criticized for working to expand stroke treatments to patients who might otherwise have limited treatment options.”

    Read Dr. Marshall's Letter to the Editor

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    Spectrum Health on ACE Accreditation's Unexpected Benefits: Helping Cath Labs with AUC

    In this month’s issue of Cath Lab Digest, Anne Beekman, BSN, RN, manager of the Kresge Cardiac Cath Labs at the Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute in Grand Rapids, MI, cites ACE accreditation as a valuable resource in elevating the performance of the Cath Lab. “We were surprised to gain the unexpected benefit of improved  physician documentation of clinical care on quality abstraction,” wrote Ms. Beekman, “A disconnect was revealed and quantified during our ACE review.” 

    Achieving quality patient care means validating methodologies to regulatory bodies and payers in the accountable care environment. “The reality of value-based purchasing is here and the ACE review process can help mitigate that risk and cost to your organization,” said Ms. Beekman. “No matter how well you think your cath lab is performing, ACE provides quality metrics, resources and direction that will lead to improved performance and best practices.”

    Earning ACE accreditation will distinguish your cath lab by certifying that it is ahead of the curve in meeting AUC. Ms. Beekman   explained:  “If we had had to create our own accreditation process, it would have taken us 1 year to do what ACE did in 90 days, assuming we could get unbiased feedback and actionable results. In addition, we would have spent as much or more as the cost of ACE accreditation.”

    With benefits you would expect and those you might not, ACE accreditation takes your cath lab from good to great.

    “This is a dynamic, ongoing process,” said Ms. Beekman. “Another unexpected benefit is that after the accreditation process was finished, ACE continued to work with us to be sure we are up to date on all the quality indicators used to measure AUC.”

    Read the Article in Cath Lab Digest

    Read the Press Release

    Contact ACE to Learn How Accreditation Takes Cath Labs from Good to GREAT

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    SCAI Initiative Emphasizes the Value of Quality of Life After Angioplasty

    With an initiative launched last week, SCAI is focusing on the quality of life benefits many patients experience following interventional therapies. Watch as SCAI President Dr. Jeff Marshall discusses survey results that found 4 out of 5 heart disease patients say their lives have changed for the better following angioplasty.

    Learn more about the survey,  including SCAI’s infographic (a visual poster showcasing the survey results)

    Read SCAI’s consensus paper:  "Effect of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on Quality of Life: A Consensus Statement from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions"

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    ELM Advancing Tomorrow's Interventional Leaders in Private Practice

    SCAI's Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program in formal partnership with Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) is encouraging the best and brightest early-career interventionalists to step up as our next generation's leaders by applying for its 2013-15 cycle.

    This includes the brightest young interventional stars in private practice such as ELM Fellow Thomas M. Tu, MD, FSCAI. Click here to learn about his ELM experience!

    The 10 applicants selected to be ELM Fellows will participate in six training sessions and be assigned a mentor specifically chosen to match their interests and aspirations. They will also be encouraged to, and assisted in, identifying opportunities for committee service and faculty assignment with committee/program chairs at SCAI and partnering organizations.

    Apply Now - Applications Due November 15

    Find Out How Everyone Wins (Even When They Don't Win)

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    SecondsCount: Free Webinar on TAVR in Children a Resource for Your Patients

    Mended Little Hearts and SCAI's patient education resource, SecondsCount.org, are pleased to announce a free webinar for the families of children with congenital heart defects. Featuring SecondsCount Associate Editor-in-Chief Dennis Kim, MD, PhD, FSCAI, this educational program will explain how the transcatheter valve replacement works, its benefits and risks, who is eligible, and how the procedure is viewed by insurance companies. The webinar will include plenty of time for questions as well as interactive discussion between Dr. Kim and attendees.

    Please share this information with your patients' families!   

    Date:  Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

    Time:  8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    Speaker:  Dennis Kim, M.D., Ph.D., FSCAI, of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and SecondsCount.org

    » Register Now

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    Taking the Pulse of Today's Job Market? Start With SCAI's Job Bank!

    Whether you are actively exploring current interventional/invasive cardiology job opportunities or just want to take the temperature of today's job market, SCAI's Job Bank is the place to start. In the past few days alone, we've had openings listed in Colorado, Michigan, Virginia and more.

    Job seekers benefit from:

    • Interventional and Invasive Cardiology Job Openings Across the U.S.: Search by location, specialty, keyword or company name.
    • Conference Connection: An improved way to network at SCAI events.
    • Resume Posting: Introduce yourself to hundreds of employers.
    • Job Alerts: Register for email updates about positions that match your qualifications and interests.

    Start Your Search at the SCAI Job Bank Now!

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