• SCAI This Week
  • July 9, 2012

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    SCAI-QIT Webinar to Answer Your Questions on Diagnostic Cath AUC

    Have questions about how recently released Appropriate Use Criteria for Diagnostic Catheterization should be utilized in the cardiac cath lab in determining when to perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization?

    Wouldn't it be great to actually ask the authors of this document?

    Now you can. Be sure to join SCAI on Wednesday, August 15 at 1 PM ET for a special webinar on this topic with Diagnostic Catheterization Writing Group Co-chairs Manesh Patel, MD, FSCAI and Steven Bailey, MD, FSCAI, as part of its Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) Webinar Series.

    More Info on This Webinar Including Registration

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    Sign Up Now to Become a Quality Champion at Your Cath Lab!

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    Cardiac Interventions Today Features SCAI Members, Staff on TAVR

    SCAI Senior Director for Advocacy and Guidelines Wayne Powell joined Ted Feldman, MD, FSCAI, and Peter C. Block, MD, FSCAI, in an informative conversation about the recently announced national coverage decision for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Hosted and published by Cardiac Interventions Today, the discussion focuses on how the decision will impact cardiovascular practices and their patients as well as practical issues related to starting a TAVR program, reimbursement, and how registry data will be used.

    Read the Story

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    Don't Miss the July 2012 Issue of CCI — Check it Out Online!

    Featuring an assortment of original studies, editorial comments, and case reports in congenital heard disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and valvular and structural heart diseases, the July 2012 issue of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is now online.

    Login at SCAI.org and Catch Up With CCI Now

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    SCAI Members React to Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Reform

    With the recent ruling to uphold nearly all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many media outlets sought perspective from in-the-trenches healthcare providers on the law's impact. A number of SCAI members responded to journalists' queries.

    For a Round-up, Check Out theheart.org's Compilation of Quotes

    And don't miss Cardiology Today's feature story, wherein SCAI 2013 Program Co-director Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FSCAI, points out the tremendous impact of cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 years. "We've reduced mortality, improved longevity and quality of life and we are, in the field of interventional cardiology in particular, the poster child for looking at outcomes and subjecting ourselves to the scrutiny of everybody else, including the media, and trying to improve ourselves." The ACA is ultimately good for patients because it will facilitate access to care, he said, "[W]e just have to make sure we streamline health care so we keep the good things we have, which allow us to continue to innovate and improve as we have done over the past several years."

    Read the Cardiology Today Story!

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    New SecondsCount.org Video Shows How PCI Restores Quality of Life

    A new video just posted on SCAI's public education website tells the story of Ruth Garrett, an 85-year-old woman who was sidelined from the dance floor by angina symptoms. Her interventional cardiologist treated her with PCI and got her dancing again. SCAI thanks Washington Adventist Hospital for sharing this video with us and urges you to share the link with others.

    Go to SecondsCount.org to See How PCI Put the Spring back in Ruth's Step

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