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TRIP Houston: Critical Registration & Hotel Deadlines Quickly Approaching
The deadline to take advantage of the advance registration discount for SCAI's Transradial Interventional Program (TRIP) Houston is quickly approaching. Register by Friday, November 16 and save!
This will be proceded by the Wednesday, November 14 deadline to take advantage of the discounted room rate at The Hyatt Regency Houston.
Led by Program Co-chairs Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI and Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FSCAI, the faculty consists of some of the most highly trained and well respected transradial experts in Houston, including Colin Barker, MD, FSCAI, and Charmaine Shields, RN.
TRIP Houston will offer a dynamic mix of didactic lectures, a nurse/tech symposium, case reviews and one-on-one structured simulation training.
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Hospitals to See Significant Reimbursement Increase for PCI Procedures
SCAI continues to sift through the details of the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) as well as the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (HOPPS) Final Rules released late last week.
While the MPFS Final Rule revealed decreases to physician reimbursement rates for PCI procedures, the HOPPS Final Rule reveals significant increases in reimbursement for coronary stent procedures. Whereas CMS bundled treatment of additional branches under the MPFS, they are allowing additional payment to the hospital for stenting of branch vessels.
Outpatient hospital reimbursement rates will see increases across the board for all stent procedures with a minimum 5% increase for stenting involving drug-eluding stents and a minimum 8% increase for stenting involving bare metal stents. Increases for procedures involving multiple stents ranged from 8% to 61%.
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SCAI 2013: i3 Session Features an Interactive Discussion of Your Cases
SCAI's Complex Coronary Complications (C3) Summit is not just for fellows-in-training anymore. With a new spin-off for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions, "i3, a C3 for Grown-Ups" will deliver an experience much like the fourth-year interventional cardiology fellows have been enjoying for the past eight years.
The C3 Summit, often referred to a "training gem," was developed specifically to give graduating fellows a unique opportunity to work together as a class tackling the most challenging complications interventional cardiologists ever see. The quality of the program over the years led seasoned cardiologists to ask for their turn.
Enter, “i3, a C3 for Grown-Ups,” an interactive case-based session open to all SCAI 2013 attendees. Like its namesake, the session will feature a series of coronary, structural, or endovascular (including arterial and venous) cases contributed by attendees, an open-mike forum for discussion, and critical input from expert faculty.
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More Information on SCAI 2013
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Sharecare Allows You to Grow Your Practice While Supporting SCAI
SCAI and Sharecare have expanded their partnership to provide you with a unique opportunity to grow your practice while supporting the society.
Since 2011, SCAI has been partnering with Sharecare, the nation’s fastest growing health and wellness social network, created by Jeff Arnold (the founder of WebMD), Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Oprah’s Harpo Productions.
During this time, SCAI has been instrumental in helping Sharecare build its “question and answer” platform in the area of interventional cardiology by providing reliable health information and content.
We’re pleased to announce that the partnership has just been expanded to bring additional value to SCAI members and the organization.
Sharecare is giving every SCAI member the opportunity to sign up for a Professional subscription with an enhanced listing at a special, reduced price. Additionally, Sharecare will be “sharing” a portion of the sign-up fee for every SCAI member with our organization to help us deliver future programs and resources for you, our members.
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Last Call for Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Applications
SCAI's Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program, in formal partnership with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) and American College of Cardiology (ACC), is now accepting applications through Thursday!
The ELM Program is charged with finding a small, highly selective group of up-and-coming physicians (there are 10 openings for the 2013-2015 cycle) and facilitating their transition into the next generation of great thinkers, presenters, teachers and national leaders.
ELM Fellows participate in six training sessions over a two year period, timed with the SCAI, TCT and ACC annual conferences, and will be assigned a panel of mentors chosen to match their interests and aspirations. Satellite sessions will explore other topics, such as dedicated leadership skill training and the role of industry. Importantly, through their exposure within ACC, SCAI and CRF, they will develop a cross-organizational network that will aid them in years to come. Within CRF, ELM Fellows will be targeted for faculty assignments within TCT, participate formally in the CRF's educational programs such as the CRF Board Review Course, and potentially have access to various research opportunities.
ELM Fellows will also be encouraged to, and assisted in, identifying opportunities for committee service and faculty assignment with committee/program chairs at SCAI, ACC and TCT. Identifying those opportunities congruent with their interests and developing niches, as well as opportunities to develop their own ideas and projects, will be a core goal of the ELM Program. Their progress over the two-year period will be tracked actively by the Program Committee to assure autonomous future success.
Don't wait. Opportunities like this only come every two years and time is running out. The application deadline is November 15, 2012.
Want to be a Leader in Interventional Cardiology? Apply Now!
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Hear What 2011-13 ELM Fellows Have to Say
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eLearning Spotlight: PVD Online Designed for All Knowledge Levels
Feedback from SCAI's membership has consistently ranked educational opportunities in peripheral vascular disease as a primary interest. That's why the Society added the SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease Online Curriculum to its eLearning Library.
"The course is designed for all physicians, regardless of their background in PVD," said Course Director Christopher J. White, MD, FSCAI. "By providing information on basic as well as advanced aspects of PVD, we are able to offer a course that is just as useful to experts as it is to physicians just getting into this area"
Offering up to 15 CME credit hours and ideal for physicians interested in learning the background, potential complications, and treatment options for peripheral vascular disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease Curriculum Online features 24/7 access to 15 modules that operate as an online textbook of information. Each module includes a slide presentation as well as a pre- and post-tests to help you assess your learning. Navigating through presentations is easy due to several key features, including expanded search capabilities that allow physicians to search for key terms and phrases within the text and audio to quickly target information.
Find Out More about SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease Curriculum Online
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