• December 7, 2012

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    SCAI Testifies Before the FDA, Supporting Continued Access to pVADs

    SCAI Past President George Vetrovec, MD, FSCAI testified to the FDA yesterday, representing the Society in support of continued access for percutaneous ventricular assist devices (pVADs).
    The FDA is considering forcing all of these devices to go through the full pre-market approval process after they have been granted 510k approvals.

    In his testimony, Dr. Vetrovec pointed out, "These devices assist in the treatment of some of the sickest patients undergoing clinically necessary and Guideline supported PCI, who most often are not acceptable for surgical revascularization."

    While supportive of expanded post-market data collection and strong provider training requirements, SCAI is encouraging the FDA to consider the impact of sudden new mandates to increase the regulation of these devices. In this testimony Dr. Vetrovec explained such actions may spur unfounded fears in patients as well as physicians. Additionally, in today's litigious environment, even unfounded assumptions that the FDA has found problems with these devices could lead to underutilization of temporary Left Ventricular support in appropriate clinical circumstances for high-risk PCI with potentially unnecessary adverse outcomes for patient.

    SCAI's final recommendation to the FDA was that these devices be down classified to Class II with general and specific controls regarding post-market data collection, and the training of low volume operators. The panel disagreed and recommended that all these devices be forced to go through the PMA process but the FDA promised to work with manufacturers to keep their products on the market while they are undergoing PMA reviews.

    SCAI will inform membership when FDA announces its proposed decision.

    Read Dr. Vetrovec's Testimony on Behalf of SCAI

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    Archive of Last Week's Webinar on Coming Coding Changes Now Online

    Last week's webinar on sweeping changes to cardiology coding coming in 2013 drew over 1,400 attendees.

    If you missed it, you can still catch up with real-world examples of how the codes should be used presented by those who sat at the table during the CPT and RUC processes. Learn from nationally recognized experts Robert Piana, MD, FACC, Amit J. Shanker, MD, FHRS, Art Lee, MD, FSCAI, and Cliff Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI, how to code for these procedures using the new coding paradigms.

    And don't miss this opportunity to hear from James Blankenship, MD, MACC, FSCAI, who serves as Cardiology's RUC Panel representative and will present our spotlight topic: "The RUC Process, the RUC Survey and the Benefits of Coalition Building." Dr. Blankenship discusses the impact of the RUC on you and your practice, why your participation in the process is essential, and how SCAI, ACC, and HRS band together and engage other in our efforts to protect the values for the services and procedures you provide to your patients.

    View the Archived Version of the Webinar Now!

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    SCAI 2013: Take Advantage of Earlybird Tuition by Dec. 12 & Save $50

    If you can only attend one interventional cardiology meeting this year, shouldn't it be the Best of the Best? Shouldn't it be SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions?

    Take advantage of earlybird tuition rates by Wednesday and save $50.

    With an unparalleled focus on advances in interventional and invasive cardiology and their real-world applications, SCAI 2013 will feature cutting-edge research, case presentations from around the world, interactive workshops and more presented by the field's foremost thought-leaders and teachers. Best yet all are focused on serving one goal - helping you optimize patient care.

    Ever wish you could attend two simultaneous sessions?

    Also, don't forget to take advantage of Premium Registration for SCAI 2013, which includes a free subscription to SCAI 2013 On Demand for only $100 more than regular registration.

    SCAI 2013 On Demand guarantees you don't miss any sessions, allowing you to view slides synched with audio from sessions you missed. Best yet, you'll be able to view these on site at the meeting, as well as from your office, home, etc. 24/7 through May 1, 2014.

    Register for SCAI 2013 Now - Don't Forget to Upgrade to Premium!

    Submit Your Abstract - Accepted Presenters Receive Free Registration

    Take Advantage of the Tremendous Room Rate at the Peabody

    Take a Look at the Preliminary Program!

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    Start Your Job Search by Posting Your Resume at the SCAI Job Bank

    If you are looking to explore interventional/invasive cardiology job opportunities from all across the country, SCAI's Job Bank is the place to start your search. In the past few days alone, we've had openings listed all across the country.

    Job seekers benefit from:

    • Nearly 100 current job openings specific to Interventional and Invasive Cardiology: Search by location, specialty, keyword or company name.
    • Conference Connection: An improved way to network at SCAI events.
    • Resume Posting: Introduce yourself to hundreds of employers.
    • Job Alerts: Register for email updates about positions that match your qualifications and interests.

    Start Your Search By Posting Your Resume at the SCAI Job Bank

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    Member on the Move: Dr. Hari Thanigaraj Joins SSM Heart Institute

    Congratulations to Hari Thanigaraj, MD, FSCAI, who recently joined SSM Heart Institute at St. Clare Health Center in St. Louis.

    Have a new title, affiliation or practice? Let your colleagues know where you're headed or what new projects you've delved into. The best part? It's easy to do – just send your news to egrammer@scai.org.

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