• January 10, 2014

    In This Issue:



    Winter Newsletter: Leveraging Big Data to Improve Care of Little Hearts

    Check out the just-posted issue of SCAI News & Highlights, where we examine how congenital heart disease registries are helping to revolutionize the field of CHD care, an area where outcomes data have traditionally been scarce. See page 1.

    The Winter newsletter also features an in-depth look at the implications of the 2014 Medicare fee schedule for invasive/interventional cardiology, including a table summarizing fee changes for common procedures. See page 1.

    Gear up for SCAI’s brand-new Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp, to be held in conjunction with SCAI 2014. Check it out on page 9 and sign up ASAP.  

    Additional features in this latest issue of SCAI News & Highlights are -

    This issue’s Real-World Coding column focuses on need-to-know info about the new, SCAI-secured interventional cardiology codes that went into effect Jan. 1. Consider sharing pages 14 and 15 with your staff.

    Download the Winter Issue of SCAI News & Highlights

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    Submit Your Abstract for SCAI 2014 & Get Your Work Published in CCI

    • All presented abstracts will be printed in SCAI's journal, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI)
    • FREE meeting registration for the presenting author
    • FREE submission on an assortment of topics
    • Top 3 abstracts receive "Best of the Best Abstracts Award"
    • Top 10 abstracts selected for oral presentation

    Submit Your Abstract Prior to the January 22 Deadline!

    Share Your Great Coronary, Structural & Endovascular Cases!

    Back by popular demand after its introduction last year, the Intervention, Interaction and Input (i3) Session will feature a series of coronary, structural, or endovascular (including arterial and venous) cases, an open-mic forum for discussion, and critical input from expert faculty.

    So what are you waiting for? Show your great cases: therapeutic dilemmas, disasters, saves, close-calls, creative approaches, YOU NAME IT.

    Submit Your i3 Session Case by February 15

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    SCAI to Present Peripheral and Endovascular Track at India Live 2014

    SCAI is encouraging all interventional cardiologists and cath lab staff across India to attend the SCAI Peripheral and Endovascular Track at India Live 2014. One of the largest and most comprehensive  interventional cardiology conferences of the Asia Pacific Region, India Live 2014 will take place in New Delhi, February 28 – March 2.

    The SCAI Peripheral and Endovascular Track at India Live 2014 will feature a mix of presentations and live case demonstrations by Fellows of SCAI (FSCAI) from the U.S. and India focusing on the following topics:

    • Carotid Interventions;
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysmal Disease
    • Renal and Mesenteric Artery Interventions
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis
    • Aorta Iliac Disease
    • SFA/Popliteal Disease
    • Critical Limb Ischemia

    “This will be a tremendous opportunity for interventionalists in the region to attend and learn from SCAI’s experts on peripheral vascular disease,” said India Live Course Director Upendra Kaul, MD, FSCAI who worked closely with SCAI International Committee Co-Chair Luis Guzman, MD, FSCAI in organizing the SCAI track. “We feel this will revolutionize interventional cardiology care in the region.”

    More Info on SCAI Peripheral Track at India Live, Including Faculty

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    SecondsCount Editor Blogs on Where D2B Initiative Should Go Next

    A blog published this week by Real World Health Care discusses strategies for taking the success of the Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Time initiative to the next level. SCAI’s Public Relations Committee Chair and Associate Editor-in-Chief of SecondsCount.org, John P. Reilly, MD, FSCAI, authored the blog to highlight the success of D2B time while also prompting discussion of the ongoing challenges, especially the need to reduce the time it takes for many heart attack patients to recognize their symptoms and seek medical attention. “D2B is one of healthcare’s greatest success stories. ... ,” wrote Dr. Reilly, “We must do for Symptom-to-Door (S2D) Time what we have done so successfully for D2B.”

    Dr. Reilly’s blog puts forth ideas for how a S2D effort might be expanded.  “I hope the blog sparks a conversation about what can be done to grow awareness of heart attack and of the symptoms that require immediate attention,” said Dr. Reilly. “I hope SCAI members will add comments and keep the discussion going.”

    To Join the Discussion:

    Read the blog.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to add a comment. Scroll down to the Leave a Reply field and submit your thoughts.

    On social media? Help share the blog by using the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Share buttons. Or use this shortened link to tweet your ideas:  http://bit.ly/1ilmuDZ

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    Join the Discussion on SCAI's LinkedIn Page on SYMPLICITY HTN-3

    Herbert Aronow, MD, FSCAI wants to know what you think the future holds for Renal Denervation after yesterday's news that the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial evaluating the use of Medtronic's renal denervation system in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension failed to meet its primary efficacy endpoint.

    Weigh in with your comments to Dr. Aronow's question now at SCAI's LinkedIn Group.

    The SCAI LinkedIn Group is a resource to discuss current topics related to interventional and invasive cardiology. Participate in the online conversation or start a discussion of your own by joining the SCAI LinkedIn Group today!

    Please Note: First-time participants will need to create a LinkedIn account and click the "Join Group" button to request member access to the SCAI group.

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    CCI Editor's Choice: Watch Discussion on Exploring Next Frontier in CLI

    The January 1, 2014 issue of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is now available online. Headlining this issue is the Editor's Choice article submitted by the Foot & Ankle Clinic at Policlinico Abano Terme in Abano Terme, Italy: "The clinical utility of below-the-ankle angioplasty using "transmetatarsal artery access" in complex cases of CLI".

    CCI Associate Editor Anand Prasad, MD, FSCAI discusses this study's findings regarding the next frontier in CLI — transmetatarsal artery access — with lead author Luis Mariano Palena, MD. Click here to view this discussion.

    Also, be sure not to miss lots of new online-only content published in this issue.

    Member Login to Access the January 1 Issue of CCI

    Access the January 1 Editor's Choice Article

    View Video on the Key Takeaways from the Editor's Choice Article

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    Call for Nominations to SCAI Board of Trustees & Executive Committee

    SCAI is seeking nominations for the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other positions.

    PROCEDURE: SCAI encourages all members to send nominations to the Nominating Committee for consideration. You can nominate any SCAI Fellow (FSCAI) in good standing (including yourself if you wish). The Nominating Committee will then forward its recommendations to the BOT informationally, and to SCAI Fellows, Senior Fellows and Emeritus Fellows prior to the SCAI 2014 Scientific Sessions this May in Las Vegas. All Fellows, Senior Fellows and Emeritus Fellows present at the SCAI Annual Business Meeting in Las Vegas will vote on these recommendations. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted during the business meeting.

    POSITIONS: Nominations are solicited for the following positions:

    1. Trustee:  Three slots, for the term May 2014 – May 2017
    2. Secretary:  One slot (member of the Executive Committee), for the term May 2014 - May 2015
    3. Treasurer: One slot (member of the Executive Committee), for the term May 2014 - May 2020
    4. At-large Member of the Nominating Committee: One slot, for the term May 2014 - May 2017

    This year's Nominating Committee consists of:

    • Christopher J. White, MD, FSCAI (Nominations Chair and Past President)
    • J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI (Nominations Co-chair and Immediate Past President)
    • Ted E. Bass, MD, FSCAI (President)
    • Tyrone Collins, MD, FSCAI (at-large Nominating Committee member, May 2013 – May 2016)
    • Ashok Seth, MD, FSCAI (at-large Nominating Committee member, May 2012 – May 2015)
    • Thomas Jones, MD, FSCAI (at-large Nominating Committee member, May 2011– May 2014)

    COMMITMENT: The BOT meets in person a minimum of three times a year; the Executive Committee meets twice monthly by conference call. Members of the BOT and Executive Committee are expected to attend all such meetings. Other communications (conference calls, list serve, etc) and meetings are scheduled as events warrant.

    ELIGIBILITY: Any Fellow (FSCAI) in good standing may be nominated to serve. If you would like to nominate someone, simply send an email with the person's name and your name to SCAI Executive Director Norm Linsky at nlinsky@scai.org and to Nominations Chair Dr. Christopher White (cwhite@ochsner.org). All nominations must be received by Friday, February 7, 2014. Thank you!

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