• January 11, 2013

    In This Issue:





    Winter Newsletter Profiles SCAI-PAC, SCAI Quality of Life Initiative, More

    The first 6 months since SCAI-PAC launched have been busy ones. Find out which members of Congress have met with SCAI leaders in the feature article of the Winter Issue of SCAI News & Highlights, now online!

    Other features in this issue include lessons learned from SCAI's recent 2013 Cardiology Coding webinar, an update by SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI on the Society's Quality of Life Initiative, and a first-hand account by Peter Duffy, MD, FSCAI on how and why his practice integrated with its local hospital system.

    You also don't want to miss the Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Improving Documentation in the Cath Lab!

    Download the Winter Issue of SCAI News & Highlights Now!

    Download the Top 10 Do's and Don'ts Flier and Post It In Your Cath Lab

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    OIG Approves Financial Deal Between Rural Practice & Hospital Cath Lab

    In a development that may have implications for many SCAI members, the Office of The Inspector General (OIG) recently released an Advisory Opinion approving an arrangement where the hospital pays a cardiology group compensation and a performance bonus based on patient service, quality, and cost savings measures. Practices that have or are considering deals with hospitals may want to review this decision.

    Read the 16-page OIG Decision Now

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    Midnight Madness: SCAI 2013 Abstract Deadline is Midnight

    Want your work published in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI)?

    All presented abstracts at the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions will be published in a special May issue of CCI, the Society's official journal. In addition, all accepted abstract presenters receive free registration to SCAI 2013 and the Top 10 Abstracts are selected for oral presentation at the Scientific Sessions. The extended submission deadline is today at midnight.

    Don't Delay - Submit Your Science Now

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    Past Presidents Discuss FDA Classification of Cardiovascular Devices

    SCAI Past Presidents Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, FSCAI, and George Vetrovec, MD, FSCAI, are featured in a story published by Medpage Today on the classification of nonroller cardiovascular blood pumps, including the Impella 2.5 cardiac assist pump.  Journalist Chris Kaiser quotes Dr. Dehmer, who served as one of the FDA panel members, on why the FDA is considering requiring premarket approvals (PMAs) of all devices in this class, all of which had been previously approved by the 501K process.

    Speaking on behalf of SCAI, Dr. Vetrovec testified during the open-comment period, stressing the role that these devices have for many very sick patients, many of whom are deemed ineligible for open-heart surgery and have no other options and the need for physicians and patients to have access to some of these devices during the PMA consideration process.

    The panel separated the whole class of nonroller cardiovascular blood pumps into two categories, cardiopulmonary bypass/circulatory bypass and temporary ventricular support.  Class II was recommended for the first subset and the temporary ventricular support subgroup was recommened to remain in category III.  If the panel’s recommendations are implemented by the FDA,  manufacturers of devices in the second group will be required to submit their devices for re-approval via PMA. The FDA is not required to accept the recommendation of the panel, but it typically does.  

    For More Info & Perspective on this Issue, Read the Medpage Today Story

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    Space Still Available to Enroll for CTO Phoenix on January 19

    Don't wait! SCAI's CTO Training Program in Phoenix on January 19 is quickly approaching.

    Space is limited - RSVP now!

    Can't make CTO Phoenix? Plan to attend CTO Atlanta on June 15 at www.SCAI.org/CTOAtlanta

    "This course will provide attendees an opportunity to gain the skill set and knowledge of new tools and paradigms to go back and perform these complex procedure and build programs to manage patients at their institutions," said Program Co-Chair William L. Lombardi, MD, FSCAI.

    'This one-day training programs will provide interventional cardiologists, fellows-in-training, and cath lab nurses and techs with what they need to know to, focusing on:

    • Procedures;
    • Equipment;
    • Program development;
    • Consent issues;
    • Practical approaches; and
    • Resources for continued education in this area

    The CTO course will feature basic and advanced information relating to setting up a CTO program, retrograde problem solving, developing a "CTO toolbox," and case-based problem solving. In addition to gaining a stronger understanding of CTO case selection and management, attendees will learn the key decision-making strategies and recognize the hardware necessary for successful case management.

    Register Now for CTO Phoenix

    Find Out More About CTO Atlanta

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    Finding You're Unprepared for 2013 Coding Changes? Catch Up With SCAI

    If you are finding yourself unprepared for sweeping cardiology changes now going into effect, it's time to catch up by reviewing SCAI's recent webinar on these changes, including 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 others 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!

    Read the SCAI News & Highlights Article, "Lessons From SCAI Webinar"

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