• SCAI This Week
  • August 16, 2013

    In This Issue:





    SCAI Responds to New York Times Well Blog on Appropriateness

    Dear SCAI Members,

    Yesterday, the New York Times Well Blog featured a post debating the appropriateness of stents for stable angina patients, referring to the report issued by the Joint Commission and the AMA in September 2012.

    As you may receive questions from your patients, I wanted to make you aware of the comment we posted to the Well blog, which you can view here http://nyti.ms/17tt7xq (please scroll down to the Comments) as well as the video we posted today on SecondsCount.org. In this video, I walk through the treatment algorithm we as physicians follow when determining whether to perform PCI in stable angina patients. I encourage you to watch it and share with your patients.

    For our members active on Twitter, here is a bit.ly link to the video: http://bit.ly/1eNiybc. You can use it if you would like to post a tweet or Facebook comment on this important topic. If you prefer to retweet, SCAI has tweeted this information on its @SCAI, @SCAINews and @SecondsCountorg handles.  

    We appreciate your continued feedback on this important discussion, and welcome your comments and suggestions.

    Ted A. Bass, MD, FSCAI
    SCAI 2013-13 President

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    On the Hill: Society Joins Coalition to Preserve In-Office Imaging

    SCAI has joined a coalition of over 30 healthcare associations in fighting against recently proposed legislation, H.R.. 2914, the" Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013," which would ban Medicare payments for advanced imaging procedures performed in physician offices.

    If enacted, this bill would limit access to life-saving services for many patients and stifle new innovative reforms already underway to improve care delivery and quality improvement. It would raise the costs to Medicare beneficiaries and the Medicare program by driving patients to more costly facilities thereby requiring additional expenditures.

    Introduced in the House by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), the bill currently has only two co-sponsors and the coalition is proactively moving to squash any momentum it might be able to gain by contacting all House member to oppose it.

    Read the Letter to U.S. Representatives Opposing H.R. 2914

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    ACE Launches New 3-part Video Series on Importance of Peer Review

    The Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) has launched a 3-part series of video on the importance of peer review in the cardiac cath lab (CCL).

    In the introductory video of this series Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, FSCAI, addresses the question, "Why is peer review in the cardiac cath lab important?"

    Citing the recent spate of legal and media attacks targeting cardiologists, Dr. Brindis asserted the necessity of being proactive and advocated the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE)
    E3: More Than Peer Review program. E3 Expert, External Evaluation is "a very important aspect of what ACE offers; not only [does ACE provide] the opportunity to be accredited as a cath lab, but external peer review" is another tool to validate continuous quality processes, said Dr. Brindis.

    "Validating documentation and CCL practices are the foundation of value-based care," agrees Sheree Schroeder, MSN, RN, RDCS, FASE, ACE Director of Peer Review Programs. "Objective, external peer review supports the ongoing management of quality patient care and takes the politics out of Peer Review for your organization. ACE services are affordable, confidential, customizable and timely." 

    View the Introductory Video on the Importance of Peer Review

    Find Out More About the ACE E3 More Than Peer Review Program

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    New Early View Content Published by CCI on Valves, CAS, CHD, More!

    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 articles have been made available online since last week - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Original Studies


    Five-year clinical follow-up of a randomized comparison of a polymer-free sirolimus-eluting stent versus a polymer-based paclitaxel-eluting stent in patients with diabetes mellitus (LIPSIA Yukon trial)
    Thomas Stiermaier, Anja Heinz, Denis Schloma, Klaus Kleinertz, Wilfried Dänschel, Sandra Erbs, Axel Linke, Enno Boudriot, Bernward Lauer, Gerhard Schuler, Holger Thiele and Steffen Desch
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Case Reports


    Stenting of a left main coronary artery compressed by a dilated main pulmonary artery Kongkiat Chaikriangkrai, Venkateshwar Polsani, Liu Wei, Neal Kleiman and Su Min Chang
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

    Original Studies


    The medtronic melody® transcatheter pulmonary valve implanted at 24-mm diameter—it works
    Sharon L. Cheatham, Ralf J. Holzer, Joanne L. Chisolm and John P. Cheatham
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Cardi-O-Fix duct occluder versus amplatzer duct occluder for closure of patent ductus arteriosus
    Ahmet Celebi, İbrahim Halil Demir, Türkay Saritaş, Reyhan Dedeoğlu, İlker Kemal Yucel, Fadli Demir and Abdullah Erdem
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Case Reports


    Perventricular melody valve implantation in a 12 kg child
    Noa Holoshitz, Michel N. Ilbawi and Zahid Amin
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Peripheral Vascular Disease

    Interventional Rounds


    Carotid artery stenting: Patient, lesion, and procedural characteristics that increase procedural complications
    Christopher J. White, Stephen R. Ramee, Tyrone J. Collins, J. Stephen Jenkins, John P. Reilly and Rajan A. G. Patel
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Valvular and Structural Heart Diseases

    Original Studies


    Transcatheter access route options for treatment of degenerated mitral valve prosthesis with a balloon-expandable biological valve
    Ulrich Schaefer, Christian Frerker, Ralf Bader, Michael Schmoeckel, Cord Busse and Karl-Heinz Kuck
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Case Reports


    Delayed migration of sapien valve following a transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve implantation
    Vinayak (Vinnie) Nilkanth Bapat, Feras Khaliel and Leo Ihleberg
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

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    eLearning Spotlight: Catch Up On All the Science from SCAI 2013

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    Browse Sessions Available on SCAI 2013 On Demand

    SCAI cannot guarantee 100% of sessions will be made available in SCAI 2013 On Demand

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    Looking for a Guideline Document? Visit www.SCAI.org/Guidelines

    Looking for a guideline or expert consensus document? Be sure to visit SCAI's Clinical Guidelines and Resources Page at www.SCAI.org/Guidelines. The page lists guidelines and other documents that either have been developed by SCAI, or have been jointly produced, collaborated with, or endorsed by the Society. This includes recent guidelines and documents on PCI, transradial coronary and peripheral interventions, and more.

    Again, Simply Visit and Bookmark www.SCAI.org/Guidelines

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