• SCAI This Week
  • May 31, 2013

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    Society Weighs in With Senate Finance Committee on Replacing SGR

    SCAI answered the Senate Finance Committee's call for input from the physician community on replacing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) on Thursday, suggesting that while time is an important factor in assessing the relative value of work, it is far from the most critical. 

    In comments submitted to the Committee, the Society points out that additional necessary training, skill and stress involved in trying to save the life of someone with an acute myocardial infarction, makes angioplasty vastly more valuable to patients and vastly more work for physicians than a series of office visits that take just as long.

    SCAI also recommends that any new reimbursement system reward physicians for adhering to their professional guidelines rather than sanction those in the forefront of performance measurement as has been done with two-thirds of the hospital readmission penalties being based on cardiovascular disease in 2013.

    Find Out What Else SCAI Recommended to Senate Leaders on Replacing SGR

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    June Issue of CCI Compares DES in High Risk Populations and More

    The June 2013 issue of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is now available online. Headlining this issue is an Editor's Choice article examining the differential long-term outcomes of zotarolimus-eluting stents compared with sirolimus-eluting and paclitaxel-eluting stents in diabetic and nondiabetic patients in the ZEST randomized trial.

    This is part of a greater focus throughout the issue on examining the performance of drug-eluting stents in diabetic and other high-risk populations.

    Also, be sure not to miss encouraging results from the ORBIT I trial in the use of an orbital atherectomy system (OAS) in treating de novo calcified coronary lesions, a pair of fascinating case reports on experiences with the new GORE® septal occluder as well as a core curriculum document on the current status of transradial peripheral interventions and much, much more.

    Member Login to Access the June Issue of CCI

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    SCAI Answers Questions on Preventing Contrast Induced Nephropathy

    The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) is currently developing a technology assessment on ways to reduce contrast induced nephropathy (CIN).

    On Tuesday, SCAI submitted comments on AHRQ's initial plan of work and the Society hopes to work closely with the Agency as it finalizes the report. "It is important that the Agency uses the very best evidence in developing these recommendations," said SCAI President Theodore Bass, MD, FSCAI. "SCAI plans on supporting the Agency by pointing out the right balance between the risk of CIN and the benefits of of procedures using contrast agents."

    Read the SCAI Comments on Preventing Contrast Induced Nephropathy

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    "You and Your Stent" Video Now Available for Patient Education

    Just posted on SCAI.org is “You and Your Stent,” a new video resource developed to help interventional cardiologists and their healthcare colleagues teach stent patients about coronary artery disease, angioplasty and stenting, and why adherence to medical therapy and lifestyle changes is key to living a heart-healthy life. The unbranded video was developed by Daiichi Sankyo/Eli Lilly in partnership with SCAI and editors of SecondsCount.

    Patients and their families can view the 10-minute video in its entirety or view by chapter here, and healthcare providers are invited to download the full video or specific chapters here. Each chapter answers questions often asked by patients, with accompanying full-color animations and narration in English.  

    The chapters are as follows:

    Chapter 1:  Introduction
    Chapter 2:  The Heart and Its Arteries
    Chapter 3:  Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
    Chapter 4:  Your Procedure and Your Stent
    Chapter 5:  Precautions to Take
    Chapter 6:  What Happens Now

    Take a few minutes now to watch and download the video, and then begin using it to help your patients understand their condition, how they were treated, and why following your instructions is vitally important for ongoing cardiovascular health. You can download on to a PC or Mac, iPad or other tablet, or smartphone.

    Coming soon ... SCAI members based in the United States will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of 10 free video players. About the size of a tablet, the video player will come loaded and ready for easy use at a patient’s bedside, in your exam room or waiting room, or anywhere your team teaches patients about their procedure, their stent, and what happens next. 

    Watch for details about eligibility to win and how to enter the drawing. Or email your questions to Kathy David at kbdavid@SCAI.org.

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    SCAI 2013: News Coverage and Social Media Highlights from Orlando

    The research and education from the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions put Interventional Cardiology in the headlines in numerous influential publications, strengthened relationships with journalists, and bolstered the Society's position in the social media landscape.

    Reporters from major cardiovascular trade publication covered SCAI 2013. They generated approximately 50 original articles and millions of media impressions, with additional coverage still forthcoming. Quoting SCAI leaders and study investigators, the coverage focused on conference highlights, including the meeting's late-breaking clinical trials, new multi-society competency recommendations, numerous abstracts and interventional cardiologists' ongoing efforts in quality improvement. The new Quality Improvement Track was the subject of many articles.

    SCAI 2013 Expands to Twitter

    In addition to traditional media coverage, SCAI tapped in to the power of social media to disseminate conference news, generate discussion and increase engagement among attendees. Tracking the #SCAI2013 and #qualitysuperhero hashtags, SCAI estimates there were well over 400 tweets and retweets from attendees and media covering the sessions. And the conversation continues, as media coverage of the meeting continues, so does the Twitter chatter. Follow @SCAI and @SCAINews for updates. Also, be sure to participate in the SCAI Social Media Survey so we can better understand our membership's interest and engagement in social media.

    Making News

    Here is a small sample of SCAI 2013 headlines:

    Cardiovascular Business: “SCAI: Quality improvement track mirrors reform goals”

    Medpage Today: “Cardiologists to Focus on Quality of Care at SCAI”

    Cardiac Interventions Today: “Societies Update Clinical Competency Criteria for Quality Coronary Interventions”

    Cardiology Today: “Rates of obesity, smoking, hyperlipidemia high in precocious ACS”

    Cardiology Today Intervention: “Societies update clinical competencies needed for performing PCI”

    theheart.org: "In vivo, VERITAS: Live case TAVR just as safe as closed-door procedures"

    TCTMD: "POSEIDON: Sliding-Scale Hydration Prevents CIN, Adverse Events at 6 Months"

    Physician’s Weekly: “SCAI 2013: Length of Stay After Outpatient PCI”

    Cardiovascular Business: “SCAI: Model projects renal denervation’s benefits at 10 years”

    Cardiology News: “Panel cuts coronary-intervention case load for competency”

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    Dr. Amelia Young Selected as 2013 Gregory Braden Fellow of the Year

    The 2013 Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award was presented to Amelia Young, MD, in recognition of her outstanding performance as an interventional cardiology fellow-in-training. Dr. Young, of the University of California-Los Angeles, is the fifth recipient of this award honoring the career and legacy of Dr. Braden, former SCAI Trustee, innovator, and educator. Dr. Young was nominated by her fellowship director and mentor, Jonathan Tobis, MD, FSCAI.

    The award, which is sponsored through a fund established at the Forsythe Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC, was presented to Dr. Young in a special presentation by Dr. Braden’s family during SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions.

    The next stage of Dr. Young’s career will be a structural heart disease fellowship at Evanston Hospital in Chicago, where she will be trained by SCAI Past President Ted Feldman, MD, FSCAI. “I’m looking forward to learning more about aortic valve replacement and of course the use of the MitraClip device.”

    While at SCAI 2013, Dr. Young discussed what the award symbolizes for her and her plans for the future with SCAI Past President Steven R. Bailey, MD, FSCAI, who chairs the award program selection committee.

    Watch this Discussion Between Drs. Bailey and Young

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