• June 7, 2013

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    It's Not Too Late to Register for Next Weekend's CTO Atlanta Course

    Don't wait! SCAI's CTO Training Program in Atlanta is next weekend, taking place on June 15.

    Space is limited - RSVP now!

    Can't make CTO Atlanta? Purchase SCAI 2013 On Demand and catch up with the CTO Mini Symposium presented in Orlando.

    "This course will provide attendees an opportunity to gain the skill set and knowledge of new tools and paradigms to go back and perform these complex procedures and build programs to manage patients at their institutions," said Program Co-Chair William L. Lombardi, MD, FSCAI.

    'This one-day training programs will provide interventional cardiologists, fellows-in-training, and cath lab nurses and techs with what they need to know to, focusing on:

    • Procedures;
    • Equipment;
    • Program development;
    • Consent issues;
    • Practical approaches; and
    • Resources for continued education in this area

    The CTO course will feature basic and advanced information relating to setting up a CTO program, retrograde problem solving, developing a "CTO toolbox," and case-based problem solving. In addition to gaining a stronger understanding of CTO case selection and management, attendees will learn the key decision-making strategies and recognize the hardware necessary for successful case management.

    Register Now for CTO Atlanta


    This program is supported, in part, by educational grants from Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific, and Terumo Interventional Systems.

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    SCAI Comments on EPA Radiation Safety Document for Cath Labs

    On Monday, SCAI submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggesting improvements to the agency's draft "Radiation Protection Guidance for Diagnostic and Interventional X-Ray Procedures: Federal Guidance Report No. 14," which would regulate radiation safety in interventional cardiology labs.

    Charles Chambers MD, FSCAI and James Goldstein MD, FSCAI drafted the Society's response encouraging the EPA to pay additional attention to the safety of the physicians and staff in the cardiac catheterization lab and more clearly recognize in the document that interventional cardiologists along with radiologists are properly trained in the appropriate use of ionizing radiation.

    Read the Society's Comments to the EPA on this Radiation Safety Document

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    Alliance Submits Testimony to Energy & Commerce Committee on SGR

    On Wednesday The Alliance of Specialty Medicine — of which SCAI is a member — submitted detailed testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for their hearing entitled, "Reforming SGR: Prioritizing Quality in a Modernized Physician Payment System".

    Testimony highlights include the Alliance pointing out:

    • Any system that replaces the SGR should incentivize participation in quality programs rather
      than reward or punish physicians based on flawed ranking systems;
    • The proposed quality measure development process remains vague;
    • Requirements to develop core competencies appears unnecessary and duplicative of current requirements of the certifying boards;
    • The timeline for solicitation of public quality measure input and finalizing measure sets remains undefined.

    The Alliance also urges the Committee to embrace the following principles:

    • Repeal of the SGR, followed by a minimum 5-year period of stability in Medicare physician
    • Positive financial incentives for higher quality care rather than penalties and withholds;
    • Physician-led quality improvement that allows the medical profession and medical specialties to determine the most appropriate and clinically relevant quality improvement metrics and strategies for use in future quality initiatives;
    • Flexible criteria that allow physician participation and engagement in delivery and payment
      models that are meaningful to their practices and patient populations, including FFS;
    • Legal protections for physicians who follow clinical practice guidelines and quality improvement program requirements;
    • Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB); and
    • Allowing for voluntary private contracting between physicians and Medicare beneficiaries.

    Congressional staff have requested a meeting with the Alliance, including SCAI staff, next week to discuss these concerns and potential improvements to the Bill.

    Read the Alliance of Specialty Medicine's Testimony on SGR

    More Information on the Alliance

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    What's New on SecondsCount.org? Great Tools for Patient Education!

    SCAI’s public education website, SecondsCount.org, is expanding all the time, thanks to the efforts of the SecondsCount Editorial Board. Recent additions include downloadable information sheets addressing questions that come up in SCAI members’ interactions with patients and their families as well as handy checklists to help patients track their symptoms, organize their questions for appointments, and tools for healthy living.

    Members and their cath lab teams are invited to print information sheets and other SecondsCount tools for distribution in their practices. A few examples you don’t want to miss: 


    SCAI has undertaken the SecondsCount public education initiative with its own resources as well as support from Abbott Vascular, AstraZeneca, Boston Scientific Corporation, Cordis Corporation, Covidien, Daiichi Sankyo/Eli Lilly, Edwards Lifesciences, and Medtronic CardioVascular. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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    Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology Profiles Transradial @ SCAI 2013

    An article reviewing the major themes of the SCAI 2013 sessions on transradial access was published last week by Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC). Jeffrey M. Schussler MD, FSCAI (pictured right), of Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, and Texas A&M, Health Science Center, College of Medicine, responded to SCAI’s request for bylined articles to be submitted to various trade news publications, including DAIC.

    Dr. Schussler served as one of a few member-reporters, writing about key learnings from specific sessions. Dr. Schussler covered all of Wednesday’s Radial Symposium, summarizing recommendations related to obtaining transradial access, reducing radiation exposure to operators, tranradial access in treatment of acute myocardial infarction as well as peripheral artery disease, strategies for patients on anticoagulation therapy, and the future of transradial therapies.

    Read Dr. Schussler's article in DAIC!

    Miss the Radial Symposium @ SCAI 2013? Catch Up With On Demand!

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    In Case You Missed It: SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month for June

    In case you missed it earlier this week, below is the SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month for June:

    The NCDR CathPCI Registry Quarterly Report at first glance appears daunting, but it can serve as a powerful tool for Quality Improvement initiatives. In addition, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can be utilized to verify clinical thought process and the appropriateness of procedures. These are two powerful and complementary resources. When used effectively, they can improve your documentation and support better patient care.

    The SCAI-QIT team has developed a slide deck to help you sort through and organize these important resources — download it now. For more quality-improvement tools, access SCAI-QIT and the SCAI-QIT AUC Calculator.

    Download the Slides Now


    The SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit was developed with support from founding supporter Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC and AstraZeneca. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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