• April 12, 2013

    In This Issue:





    SecondsCount.org Editor Fields Heart Attack Questions on CNN.com

    This week CNN Health featured John P. Reilly, MD, FSCAI, editor-in-chief of SecondsCount.org, addressing key questions about surviving a heart attack. Dr. Reilly developed Heart Attacks: What You Should Know to provide individuals with information that will help them make good decisions when they or someone they know experiences heart attack symptoms. In the Q&A-style article, Dr. Reilly stresses the importance of responding promptly – i.e., seconds count! He also discusses treatment and the importance of lifestyle changes after a heart attack. Since the article posted, SCAI members and partners have shared it via Twitter and other social media outlets.

    Read the Article on CNN.com

    Follow SecondsCount.org on Twitter

    Follow Dr. Reilly on Twitter

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    Baptist Health South Network Uses SCAI-QIT to Achieve Accreditation

    When problems or controversies arise in the cath lab, SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) offers a means of remediation for systems and procedures, but many Quality Champions report the most benefit can be gained by applying the Toolkit's comprehensive guidelines before minor issues become serious oversights.

    SCAI's Spring Newsletter profiles how Baptist Health South Florida implemented several tools from SCAI-QIT, resulting in significantly fewer denials from payers as well as becoming the country's first hospital network to achieve Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) accreditation.

    Follow the Steps Baptist Health South Florida Took to Accreditation

    Find Out More About ACE Accreditation

    Three Steps for a Quality, Proactive Cardiovascular Cath Lab Peer Review

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    SCAI 2013: Find Out About Sessions That Will Break the Mold

    SCAI 2013 will feature a number of sessions that break the mold of traditional medical meetings, says Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, MHCDS, FSCAI. Presented among SCAI's hallmark sessions designed to help interventional cardiologists and their cath lab teams hone technique, avoid complications in the first place, and handle them when they inevitably arise are several "gems" that the program chairs urge everyone to attend:

    • A new session, "Lightning Rounds," will update pediatric/congenital heart disease specialists on key trials and registry studies.
      Track: Congenital Heart Disease
      Wednesday, 4:30 PM

    • The session "One Year After the FDA Circulatory Device Panel: What Did It Do?" will bring together physicians, industry, and FDA representatives for open discussion of the impact of the FDA's review of ASD closure complications.
      Track: Congenital Heart Disease
      Thursday, 4:30 PM

    • The free-wheeling "Town Hall" will feature SCAI President-Elect, Theodore A. Bass, MD, FSCAI, delivering a "State of the Specialty" address.
      Track: Quality Improvement
      Friday, 11:30 AM

    • During "An Insider's Guide to Social Media Success in Cardiovascular Medicine," cardiologists who are using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social
      media spaces — where conversations about healthcare are increasingly occurring – will share what they've learned and tips for how everyone can participate.
      Track: Quality Improvement
      Friday, 2:00 PM

    Register Now for SCAI 2013

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    SCAI 2013: Society Seeking Cath Lab Directors for Focus Groups

    • Who? Cath Lab Directors

    • What? Focus groups to shape new SCAI initiative aimed at provided comprehensive educational support to cath lab directors

    • When? Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 6:00-7:00 PM EST

    • Where? SCAI 2013, Peabody Orlando Hotel, Orlando, FL

    RSVP to Georgina Lopez Cruz at glopezcruz@scai.org by Friday, May 3rd

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    Help Our Specialty By Contributing Your Expertise to a SCAI Committee

    SCAI is calling on members to lend your expertise to a SCAI Committee.

    Right now is the perfect time to join. SCAI Committees will be meeting at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions. Remember, SCAI's unique open-door policy means that every SCAI member is invited to attend the committee meetings of their choice. No formal appointments, no need to RSVP. Just take a look at the schedule and see what interests you. Then come check it out!

    View the Schedule of SCAI Committee Meetings

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    AMA Webinar on April 24 to Help Doctors Prepare for Sunshine Act

    An AMA webinar on April 24 will help physicians get ready for a forthcoming database that will report payments and other "transfers of value" physicians receive from drug and medical device manufacturers. Register today.

    Under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, manufacturers of drugs, devices and biologicals covered by federal health care programs are required to report any payments and transfers of value they make to physicians and teaching hospitals beginning Aug. 1.

    In addition, any ownership or investment interests physicians or their family members have in the manufacturers or group purchasing organizations must be disclosed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Most of the information will be posted in a public online database to be launched by Sept. 30, 2014.

    Participants in the AMA webinar, offered at 7 PM Eastern time April 24, will learn which financial exchanges and ownership interests must be reported, steps they can take now to prepare for public disclosure of this information, and ways they will be able to challenge false, inaccurate or misleading reports.

    Register Now!

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