• May 3, 2013

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    UnitedHealthcare to Begin Requiring Preauthorization for Diagnostic Cath

    SCAI is urging UnitedHealthcare (UHC) to reconsider a recently announced policy that it will begin requiring preauthorization for their Commercial Plans for diagnostic cardiac catheterization and other cardiovascular procedures beginning on July 1. Currently, UHC mandates pre-notification for these procedures for the payer’s Medicare Advantage plans. Pre-authorization can be obtained through its vendor, CareCore National. UHC will not reimburse for any service not pre-authorized.

    Review the UHC Notice and Program Terms

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    May Issue of CCI Features Comparison of TAVI/R Mortality Risk Models

    The May 2013 issue of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is now available online. Headlining this issue is an Editor's Choice article examining the performance of different risk models in evaluating mortality in TAVI/R patients, "Is EuroSCORE II better than EuroSCORE in predicting mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation?"

    Also, be sure not to miss a fascinating case report on use of the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve as a "covered stent" to repair conduit perforation during pulmonary valve implantation and accompanying editorial comments as well as a handful of original studies on STEMI.

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    SCAI 2013: Onsite Registration in Orlando Opens Tuesday at Noon

    If you can only attend one interventional/invasive cardiology education meeting this year, shouldn't it be the Best of the Best? Shouldn't it be SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions?

    For those planning to register onsite in Orlando, the SCAI 2013 Registration Desk will open at noon on Tuesday at the Peabody Rotunda.

    Onsite registration hours are as follows:

    Tuesday, May 7 NOON - 6:00 PM
    Wednesday, May 8 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thursday, May 9 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday, May 10 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday, May 11 6:30 AM - NOON

    Find Out More About SCAI 2013

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    SCAI 2013: Array of Satellite Symposia Offers Added Educational Value

    An exciting array of Satellite Symposia will be offered at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions. Please be advised that these symposia are not part of the official Scientific Sessions. Space is limited for many of these events – so please plan ahead!

    The full list of satellite symposia is below – click on the colored Satellite Symposia boxes for more information on each program.

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    Can't Make it to Orlando? Keep Track of News from #SCAI2013 on Twitter

    If you can't make it to Orlando next week, you can still keep track of news from #SCAI2013 on Twitter.

    To stay up to date on what SCAI and other attendees are discussing on Twitter at this year’s conference, follow the hashtag #SCAI2013 and be sure to join the conversation by including #SCAI2013 in your own posts.

    Attending SCAI 2013? Don't miss the all-new session, "An Insider's Guide to Social Media Success in Cardiovascular Medicine," which includes a how-to presentation on Twitter. Moderated by SCAI ELM Fellow Herbert Aronow, MD, FSCAI, the program will take place on Friday at 2:00 PM ET in Celebration 5-6.

    Not sure what you should share on Twitter? Here are a few ideas:

    • Tell us what sessions and workshops you’re attending
    • Share interesting and helpful take-aways from sessions
    • Share links to online resources that other attendees might also find useful
    • Post photos from the sessions, exhibit hall or other social gatherings of you and your colleagues
    • Share news stories about the conference or other relevant topics

    Follow @SCAI on Twitter

    Find Out More About SCAI 2013

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    Attendees are Calling SCAI CTO Series a Practice-Changing Experience

    Thinking about registering for SCAI's CTO Atlanta on June 15?

    Here's what some attendees had to say after SCAI's recent CTO Phoenix program, co-chaired by David Kandzari, MD, PhD, FSCAI and William Lombardi, MD, FSCAI:

    "Now I am very encouraged to start a CTO program at my hospital since most of these patients are denied invasive treatment due to lack adequate expertise.”

    "I will proceed with creating a CTO program at my hospital."

    "I will increase the number of CTO cases I perform using the antegrade approach."

    "As a result of attending this program I'll treat more CTO's"

    Similar to the popular SCAI TRIP series, SCAI's CTO Regional Training Series features a combination of didactics and case presentations that allow participants to recognize the elements of CTO PCI case management, strategy, and program development. A flexible agenda accommodates audience participation and allows faculty to field questions and interact with attendees.

    The CTO course features 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 learn the key decision-making strategies and recognize the hardware necessary for successful case management.

    Register Now for CTO Atlanta!

    Take a Look at the Agenda

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    eLearning Spotlight: SCAI Radial Summit Online Offers 24/7 CME

    SCAI Radial Summit Online is an online CME course designed for the busy interventional cardiologist. Offering up to 7.5 CME credits, this offering is available as a full course or by individual session. You decide which sessions to take based upon your busy schedule!

    Whether you are starting a TRI program at your institution or are looking for advanced information, this program will assist you in building on or expanding your knowledge of transradial access/intervention. This program will demonstrate how transradial access can increase patient comfort and safety, lower bleeding complications and reduce health care costs. Other hot topics will include strategies to lower radiation exposure and to adjust contrast media dosage.

    Also, be sure to take a look at other exciting offerings from SCAI's eLearning Library including:

    • High-Risk PCI Online Curriculum
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Online Curriculum
    • SCAI 2012 On Demand
    • SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) Webinar Series

    Visit SCAI Radial Summit Online Online

    View Additional Online Offerings at SCAI's eLearning Library

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