• August 30, 2013

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    ESC: SCAI Symposium to Focus on Quality Improvement in Cath Lab

    Attending ESC Congress 2013 in Amsterdam this week?

    Be sure to join SCAI and ESC faculty as they focus on quality improvement in the cardiac cath lab during a joint symposium at ESC on Monday, September 2. SCAI President Ted A Bass, MD, FSCAI and EACPI Executive Board Member Javier Escaned, MD will moderate this 1.5 hour long symposium featuring presentations by Dominick Angilolillo, MD, FSCAI, Manesh Patel, MD, FSCAI, Folker Schaechinger, MD and Eric Van Belle, MD covering:

    • Physician certification and competence;
    • Challenges and opportunities presented by appropriate use criteria;
    • Use of national data sets to measure quality; and
    • Quality initiatives in Europe.

    Additional Information on this SCAI/ESC Symposium

    Help SCAI Improve Quality of Care, One Cath Lab at a Time

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    ESC: Hotline Session to Feature SCAI-WIN Analysis on DES in Women

    Those attending ESC Congress 2013 are also being encouraged not to miss the Clinical Trial Update Hotline session on Monday, Sept. 2 Roxana Mehran, MD, FSCAI, will present the results of an individual patient-level pooled analysis of 26 randomized trials, including 11,557 women. This analysis was spearheaded by SCAI's Women in Innovations (WIN) initiative to further its goals of addressing sex-based disparities in cardiovascular care and optimizing the care of women with heart disease.   timely." 

    Find Out More About This Hotline Session at ESC

    Don't Miss SCAI-WIN Breakfast Program on Women & Careers in Cardiology

    Looking to Get Your Disparities Research Funded? How HDRC Can Help

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    Mastering FFR-IVUS Online Curriculum Launches August Module

    SCAI's Mastering FFR-IVUS Online Curriculum has launched its new module for has launched its new module for August, "IVUS and FFR: Clinical Applications: Left Main, Ostial, Jailed Branch, Serial Lesions," presented by Luis Gruberg, MD, FSCAI. This presentation focuses on reviewing the literature and evidence behind the use of IVUS and FFR, the integration and management of patients with complex lesions, and understanding the clinical applications in the management of complex lesions.

    As with other courses in SCAI's growing eLearning Library, the FFR/IVUS course material is a complimentary benefit available to all SCAI members. CME credit will be available for purchase after all of the modules have been released. This latest addition to the Society's menu of online educational offerings features an all-new twist: the release of a new curriculum module every month.

    Program Director Morton Kern, MD, FSCAI and Course Co-Director Allen Jeremias, MD, FSCAI have designed the course to ensure learners master the curriculum and build on competencies as they are introduced. This monthly release schedule will also allow for flexibility to continuously enhance the program while ensuring the content remains both current and comprehensive.

    Access the August Module Now!

    More Information on SCAI's Mastering FFR-IVUS Online Curriculum

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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: This program is supported by Volcano. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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    Society Opposes Fee Cuts for Non-Hosptial Peripheral Procedures

    CMS has proposed fee cuts of around 40% for many peripheral procedures performed outside of hospitals. They did so citing figures showing that they were paying much more for these procedures in offices than they do in hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers. SCAI has joined a coalition of over 3 dozen physician groups in opposing these and other fee cuts due to significant flaws in CMS’s analysis. SCAI will be submitting detailed and specific comments to CMS next week. To see a draft of those comments, please email SCAI Senior of Advocacy and Government Relations Director Wayne Powell at wpowell@scai.org.

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    SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month: Take Advantage of NCDR CathPCI Dashboard

    In case you missed it, below is the SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month for August:

    Quality improvement efforts continue to take on increasing importance in the evolving healthcare delivery landscape. The recently released NCDR CathPCI Registry Physician Dashboard is a powerful tool that will enable invasive/interventional cardiologists to access our own data in more than 40 specific metrics across all of the CathPCI Registry–participating institutions where we practice.

    Reviewing your own data will enhance your efforts and those of your institution to ensure accurate medical record documentation and coder abstraction, which are crucial to meaningful interpretation of data.

    The SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month Team created a slide deck with input from NCDR CathPCI Registry staff. Please review these slides and consider presenting them to your institution's cath lab operators and quality-improvement personnel.  We welcome your suggestions and comments.

    Download Slides: The NCDR CathPCI Registry Physician Dashboard

    View Past SCAI-QIT Tips of the Month

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    Skip the Hurdles; Send Your Key Cath Lab Team Members to TRIP Chicago

    You wouldn't dream of performing interventions without your cath lab team present. So why wouldn't you bring key members of your cath lab with you to TRIP Chicago?

    As TRIP Chicago Program Co-chair Samir Pancholy, MD, FSCAI points out in the video above bringing key members of your cath lab team is key to avoiding hurdles to rapid adoption of transradial interventions or new advance transradial approaches.

    Recognizing that educating the whole cath lab team is the key to success, this comprehensive one-day program has been designed with interventional and invasive cardiologists, interventional/invasive cardiology fellows-in-training, cath lab techs, and cath lab nurses in mind.

    Bernadette Speiser, BSN, MSN, CCRN, Nurse Manager of the Jesse Brown Medical Center in Chicago, IL and TRIP faculty discusses the team approach it takes to maintain a successful transradial program and why all members of the cath lab team should be attending SCAI TRIP Chicago.

    Register Now!

    Take a Look at the Agenda

    Information on the Nurse / Technician Breakout Session

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