• June 28, 2012

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    SCAI Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

    SCAI respects the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act; however, we believe the decision will not have a major impact on the care interventional cardiologists provide for patients. As angioplasty and stenting is recognized as the gold standard for treatment of heart attack, interventional cardiologists treat patients who require immediate care. In these scenarios, opening blocked heart arteries is an emergency, and no time can be lost to check the patient’s insurance status.

    “Interventional cardiologists are on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, prepared to perform urgent angioplasty and stenting at any time €“ whenever a patient is having a heart attack,” said SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI. “With or without a legal mandate, our focus has always been to provide the best possible quality care to each patient, and that almost always means within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival at the hospital.”

    As health reform evolves, SCAI will continue its efforts to improve the quality of care patients receive in the U.S. healthcare system €“ always with a focus on providing the best possible care at reasonable costs. To that end, SCAI is the founding sponsor of the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) program, the premier credentialing organization for cath labs, whose task is to review cath labs, ensuring high-quality, appropriate and guideline-driven care is delivered. In addition, across the United States, the Society’s Quality Champions are using tools in the SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) to help cath labs continuously improve their processes and patient outcomes. Through innovative undertakings such as these, as well as educational activities and advocacy initiatives, SCAI will continue making every effort to work with legislative, regulatory and administrative bodies to develop policies and programs that support optimal patient care.

    Read the Supreme Court's Decision

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    SCAI Recommends CMS Reclassify Hospital Procedural Codes

    This week SCAI urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reassign the hospital procedural codes for percutaneous mitral valve repair with implant and endovascular repair of AAA with fenestrated grafts to more appropriate DRG classifications under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). SCAI believes the current DRG assignments for these procedures are misaligned with those of related procedures, resulting in an inadequate payment level to hospitals, which could discourage provision of these services and thereby limit patients' access to them. Publication of the final rule for the 2013 IPPS is expected in October 2012.

    Read SCAI's Comments

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    TRIP Chicago Preliminary Program Now Available for Download

    The preliminary program for SCAI Transradial Interventional Program (TRIP) Chicago is now online.

    Organized by Program Co-chairs Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FSCAI and Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI, TRIP Chicago will offer an agenda of basic and advanced sessions for interventionalists, fellows-in-training and cardiac cath lab nurses and technicians.

    All will take place Friday, September 16 at the Westin Chicago River North in Chicago. Find out more about the accommodations.

    Download the Preliminary Program

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    SCAI Leaders on FDA Panel's Recommendation to Expand Sapien Valve

    Cardiology News recently posted video filmed the day an FDA Advisory Panel voted to recommend that the Sapien valve should be available for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who are high risk for surgery. The video features Augusto Pichard, MD, FSCAI, and John D. Carroll, MD, FSCAI, who presented testimony for SCAI and ACC, respectively, during the panel's public hearing as well as SCAI Past President and FDA panelist Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, FSCAI. These physicians discussed the panel's deliberations, the "heart team" concept, and more.

    Watch the Video

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    SecondsCount.org: Point Your Patients to the Patient Stories Center

    Research suggests a major goal of patients who use the Internet to learn about health care is also to find other people like themselves. To help patients with cardiovascular disease learn about treatment options and find real-life examples of patients who have been successfully treated, SCAI's public education website, www.SecondsCount.org, features several reassuring and inspiring stories of patients who have experienced the benefits of interventional therapies.

    Direct Your Patients to the SecondsCount.org Patient Stories Center!

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    Be Sure to Follow SCAI President Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall on Twitter

    Many of you are aware of SCAI's twitter account @SCAI, which is approaching 800 followers.

    But did you know you can now follow SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI on Twitter? Follow his thoughts now at @SCAI_Prez.

    Spread the Word About #SCAI

    Want to share your favorite SCAI program with others? Perhaps it's SCAI-QIT, ELM, WIN, SCAI's eLearning Library, etc. Let the Twitter universe know about these programs and don't forget to use the hashtag #SCAI

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