• February 9, 2012

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    Miss this Week's Webinar on Revascularization AUC? Archive Now Online

    Over 200 interventional and invasive cardiology professionals attended this week's SCAI-QIT webinar on newly revised appropriateness use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization. If you were unable to attend find out what you missed by accessing the webinar archive at your convenience.

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    SCAI Vice President Fields Media Query on TAVR vs. Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Responding to a query about PARTNER sub-analysis presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual meeting last week, SCAI Vice President Dr. Ted Bass discussed with TCTMD a possible "early safety signal" from a comparison of TAVR to minimally invasive surgery. The study found TAVR was as effective as minimally invasive surgery and possibly safer in the short term (30 days). Dr. Bass said it is appropriate for this finding to be explored further but pointed out the key take-away may be related to technique selection: "Do what you're good at and what you do often. If you're not doing many of your aortic valves via a minimally invasive approach, maybe the message is either get more training or stick with what your quality numbers are," he said.

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    SCAI Past President Talks to Media About Updated Revascularization AUC

    Last week SCAI Past President Dr. Gregory J. Dehmer fielded interviews on the newly updated appropriate use criteria (AUC) for revascularization. He was quoted by MedPage Today on how new data, such as from the SYNTAX trial, were key to the updated determinations of appropriate, uncertain, or inappropriate for some of the clinical scenarios. "Results indicated that PCI was a viable option in patients with low-burden complex disease," said Dr. Dehmer.

    He also addressed the term "uncertain," which has been misinterpreted by some. Wrote MedPage Today: "It's important to realize, Dehmer said, that the classification of 'uncertain' merely means that more research and patient information is needed to classify the indication definitively. In fact, the document points out that 'the writing group, technical panel, AUC Task Force, and clinical community do not believe an uncertain rating justifies denial of reimbursement for revascularization'. ... So the classification of 'uncertain' allows for clinical judgment on an individual basis. It also identifies areas where more focused research needs to be done, he said."

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    SCAI 2012 Now Accepting Late-Breaking Clinical Trials

    Why should you present your late-breaking clinical trial at the Best of the Best in Interventional Education?

    • Your Results Will Be Heard Loud & Clear
      Accepted late-breaking trial submissions will be presented at the main session of SCAI 2012 and also presented during press conferences scheduled on the same day.

      SCAI will promote your results extensively to mainstream and trade media. LBCT’s presented at SCAI Scientific Sessions have been prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, L.A. Times and more!
    • A Focus on Interventional Cardiology
      SCAI’s attendees are exactly those you want your results to reach and they
      won’t be distracted by headliners from other subspecialties or general cardiology.
    • Easy To Navigate
      SCAI 2012 is just the right size to foster collegial education, dialogue and collaboration. You’ll find yourself discussing your findings long after your presentation.

    The submission deadline is March 19.
    For more information visit www.SCAI.org/SCAI2012LBCT.

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    National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week Starts Feb. 12

    Encouraging Cardiac Rehab After PCI: Physician Referral Predicts Enrollment

    The 2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guideline for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention includes a Class I (level of evidence: A) recommendation for referral to cardiac rehabilitation, based on studies that demonstrate significant reductions in all-cause mortality and cardiac mortality in patients who attend, compared to those who do not. Unfortunately, less than one-half of eligible patients are referred to rehab and less than one-third actually enroll.

    Because strength of physician referral is one of the most powerful predictors of enrollment, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is providing SCAI members with tools to facilitate referral of appropriate patients to cardiac rehabilitation. These tools include:

    Multiple studies have shown that a systematic approach to cardiac rehabilitation referral improves participation. AACVPR is encouraging SCAI members to use these tools to remind their patients and staff that cardiac rehabilitation is a key component of secondary prevention following percutaneous intervention.

    SCAI thanks AACVPR for providing members free access to these tools and for its ongoing support of SecondsCount.org and the Know What Counts-Heart Smarts public education programs.

    For more information about AACVPR, visit www.aacvpr.org.

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    SCAI Members in the News: Bonnie H. Weiner, MD, FSCAI

    The Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) garnered press coverage when Excela Health announced it had earned accreditation from the program jointly sponsored by SCAI and ACC. Excela Health, which faced allegations of overstenting in 2011, held a press conference last week to share with local media how it had rebuilt its cath lab "from the ground up with the singular focus of providing the safest, highest quality, evidence-based care possible," said Dr. Howard P. Grill, medical director of Excela's cardiac cath lab. Excela Health sought ACE accreditation to confirm it had met the most rigorous requirements for delivering quality care. ACE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Weiner is quoted in much of the coverage, including a story by the Pittsburgh Business Times, which noted ACE accreditation is "expected to become the Good Housekeeping Seal for medical centers that have catheterization labs."

    Read other reports:

    MedPage Today

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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    Have YOU Weighed in Yet on the Member Poll About SCAI Webinars?

    When are you most often available to attend SCAI webinars? Early in the morning? During the lunch hour? Perhaps later in the evening?

    SCAI wants to know more about your preferences when it comes to participating in webinars. Let us know, by logging in at www.SCAI.org. Once you are logged in the poll will appear below your MySCAI login - see image above.

    Members have already begun weighing in on the SCAI member poll on the scheduling of SCAI Webinars with 60% reporting a preference for scheduling these 5-8 PM ET, followed by 25% of respondents indicating NOON-2 PM ET works better.

    If you haven't participated yet, we want to hear from you. Let us know what time frame works better for you by logging in at www.SCAI.org. Once you are logged in the poll will appear below your MySCAI login - see image above.

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