• December 13, 2013

    In This Issue:





    Interventional Cardiology Fees to Rise 1.6 Percent in Early 2013

    On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives passed a 3-month patch to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) that included a 0.5% increase in average fees. This bill is virtually certain to be passed by the Senate and signed into law next week. Together with the RVU changes in Medicare's final payment rule for 2014, the pending legislation would result in average interventional cardiology fees increasing 1.6 percent for the first three months of 2013. By March 31, 2014, Congress may have passed an SGR repeal bill. Scroll down to the story below for more on the Final Rule.

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    More Details on 2014 Final Rule: IC Procedure RVUs to Increase 1.1%

    Last week SCAI informed members of a major advocacy victory as CMS backed off its proposal to cap payments for in-office procedures at no more than Medicare rates for similar procedures in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) or ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). Had CMS proceeded as originally proposed, payments for some in-office peripheral procedures would have been cut by up to 40 percent. This reversal saved interventional cardiologists more than $60 million in cuts.

    Upon closer examination SCAI's advocacy team has determined there will be a 1.1 percent increase in average relative value units (RVUs) payments for invasive and interventional procedures in 2014. The increase is the first in years, the result of CMS devaluing “over-priced procedures of other specialties and redistributing those values to other procedures.”  In addition it reflects that CMS has recognized that the cost of treating heart patients has changed.

    SCAI's Advocacy Team has assembled a spreadsheet of projected payments for top invasive and interventional procedures in 2014.

    Click Here to Review the Abridged Data

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    Just Days Away... SCAI 2014 Abstract Submissions Due Wednesday

    The abstract submission deadline for SCAI 2014 is just days away! Wednesday, December 18, is the final day to submit your abstract(s).

    SCAI 2014 Scientific Sessions will take place May 28-31, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In addition to attracting an audience including the world's leading figures in interventional cardiology, there are several other reasons that you should think about SCAI 2014 first when submitting your research:

    • Top 3 Abstracts receive “Best of the Best Abstract Awards”
    • Top 10 Abstracts selected for Oral Presentation
    • Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) - Interventional Cardiology's leading journal - will publish all presented abstracts
    • Complimentary Registration for Presenting Author
    • Abstract Submission is FREE


    More Info on Submitting Abstracts to SCAI 2014

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    Have Education Dollars to Spend Prior to 2014? Visit SCAI's eLearning Library

    Have remaining education dollars to spend before 2013 ends? Then be sure to visit SCAI's eLearning Library now.

    With a growing collection of online educational programs that can be accessed 24/7 around your schedule, it's the perfect fit for your educational needs. No need for travel. No need to change your schedule.

    Learn from some of interventional cardiology's leading experts based on your schedule, whether you are looking for cost-effective CME opportunities or simply trying to expand your interventional skills. What are you waiting for? Purchase the following SCAI eLearning Courses now:

    High-Risk PCI Online Curriculum - 15 CME

    Peripheral Vascular Disease Online Curriculum - Up to 15 CME

    SCAI-QIT Webinar Series - Up to 7.0 CME

    SCAI 2013 On Demand

    SCAI Radial Summit Online - Up to 7.5 CME

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    Miss SCAI/ACC Webinar on Coding Changes? Access Webinar Archive

    SCAI and ACC hosted a joint webinar last week, preparing attendees for changes coming to cardiology coding in 2014.

    Featuring presentations by leading CPT experts Robert Piana, MD, FACC and Arthur Lee, MD, FSCAI and clinical expert Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FSCAI, the two-hour webinar walked attendees through real-world examples of the major cardiology coding changes for 2014, revisited the new PCI code family that went into effect in 2013, and featured plenty of opportunities for questions and ensuing discussion.  Did you miss it? Or wish you’d invited your coding staff to attend? Good news! The program has been archived and is available in the SCAI’s webinar archives.

    Access the Webinar Archive Now!

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    CCI: New Early View Content in Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease

    In order to get critical information to members as soon as possible, SCAI's official journal, Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI), offers accepted manuscripts online in its Early View Section prior to inclusion of that manuscript in a print issue.

    The following Early View original studies, editorials, interventional rounds and case reports in Peripheral Vascular Disease have been made available online since November 1 - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Peripheral Vascular Disease

    Original Studies


    The impact of regulatory approval and Medicare coverage on outcomes of carotid stenting
    William A. Gray and Patrick Verta
    Article first published online: 3 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25283
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Unprotected carotid artery stenting in modern practice
    Jay Giri, Robert W. Yeh, Kevin F. Kennedy, Beau M. Hawkins, Ido Weinberg, Mitchell D. Weinberg, Sahil A. Parikh, Joseph Garasic, Michael R. Jaff, Christopher J. White and Kenneth Rosenfield
    Article first published online: 15 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25090
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Transpedal access after failed anterograde recanalization of complex below-the-knee and femoropoliteal occlusions in critical limb ischemia
    Zoltán Ruzsa, Balázs Nemes, Zoltán Bánsághi, Károly Tóth, Ferenc Kuti, Slavka Kudrnova, Balázs Berta, Kálmán Hüttl and Béla Merkely
    Article first published online: 15 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25262
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Renal artery duplex ultrasound criteria for the detection of significant in-stent restenosis
    Ian del Conde, Ira D. Galin, Biana Trost, Jeanwan Kang, Robert Lookstein, Mark Woodward, Susan Gustavson, Richard P. Cambria, Michael R. Jaff and Jeffrey W. Olin
    Article first published online: 14 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25270
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Tibio-pedal arterial minimally invasive retrograde revascularization in patients with advanced peripheral vascular disease: The TAMI technique, original case series
    J.A. Mustapha, Fadi Saab, Theresa McGoff, Carmen Heaney, Larry Diaz-Sandoval, Matthew Sevensma and Barbara Karenko
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25227
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Blood pressure response to renal artery stenting in 901 patients from five prospective multicenter FDA-approved trials
    Ido Weinberg, Michelle J. Keyes, Jay Giri, Kevin R. Rogers, Jeffrey W. Olin, Christopher J. White and Michael R. Jaff
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25263
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Right heart catheterization using antecubital venous access: Feasibility, safety and adoption rate in a tertiary center
    Sachin Shah, Graham Boyd, Christopher T. Pyne, Seth D Bilazarian, Thomas C. Piemonte, Cathy Jeon and Sergio Waxman
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25249
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Letters to the Editor


    Microembolization following balloon deflation during proximally protected carotid artery stenting—A potential focus of procedure improvement?
    Miloslav Spacek and Prof. Josef Veselka
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24969
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    FDA perspective on the need for revised performance goals for evaluating stenting of femoropopliteal arteries
    Lindsay K. Pack, Donna C. Buckley, Jennifer L. Goode, Steven S. Brooks and Lisa M. Lim Article first published online: 8 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25221
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Case Reports


    Endovascular transluminal stent grafting: Treatment of choice for post lumbar spine surgery iliac arterio-venous fistulae
    Manoj Kumar Rohit, Ankur Gupta and N. Khandelwal
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25245
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Interventional Rounds


    FiberNet—A new embolic protection device for carotid artery stenting
    C. Bauer, J. Franke, S.C. Bertog, V. Woerner, S. Ghasemzadeh-Asl and H. Sievert
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25138
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Transvascular closure of single and multiple muscular ventricular septal defects in neonates and infants < 20 kg
    P. Zartner, C. Christians, J.C. Stelter, V. Hraska and M.B.E. Schneider
    Article first published online: 9 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25177
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

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