• April 6, 2012

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    REMINDER: SCAI 2012 Hotel and Registration Deadlines are Today!

    Be sure to join SCAI in celebrating 35 years of the Best of the Best in Interventional & Invasive Cardiology Education at SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas May 9-12.

    TODAY is the deadline to take advantage of the hotel and advance registration discounts!

    The advance registration price for SCAI members is only $599. That's $350 off the regular, onsite registration price!

    Register Now!

    Year after year attendees tell us one of the reasons they love the SCAI Scientific Sessions is the venue: all in one hotel, easy to navigate, quick to traverse. SCAI 2012 continues the tradition, taking place entirely in the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas. SCAI has arranged a terrific room rate of just $165 per night. And this price includes the daily $20 resort fee!

    Make Your Reservations Now!

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    Registry Finds Lower Mortality, MI for PCI; SCAI Vice President Comments

    Comments from SCAI Vice President Ted Bass, MD, FSCAI, are featured in a TCTMD story on a study and editorial e-published last week in Circulation. The investigators studied outcomes of procedures captured in the New York State Cardiac Diagnostic Catheterization Database between 2003 and 2008. They found lower mortality and myocardial infarction rates in patients who underwent PCI vs. routine medical therapy.

    Commenting on conclusions from this study versus those of some previous randomized clinical trials, Dr. Bass pointed out differences in patient selection, follow-up, and confounding variables. He cited data showing a decline in overall PCI volume and a change in practice patterns, and took issue with points made by editorialist Dr. William Boden.

    "Dr. Boden's comments regarding the cardiovascular physician community not getting it, ie, having a 'blind spot' regarding the importance of optimal medical therapy as a treatment option continues to be repetitively off target," Dr. Bass said. ... "PCI with medical therapy remains an important and proven effective treatment option providing better quality of life for many patients with CAD and chronic ischemic symptoms. Far from being blinded, we are listening to our patients, providing therapeutic options and modifying our practices as new data emerges."

    Read the Story

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    SCAI 2012: Town Hall to Tackle Many of the Tough Questions YOU Face

    Yes, it's an election year, but the Town Hall Meeting at SCAI 2012 won't be about politics. Still, Interventional Cardiology is among a number of specialties in the spotlight and the topic of how cardiovascular disease will be managed in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment is on everyone's mind. That's why SCAI is bringing the whole community together for a session where anything goes.

    Led by a diverse collection of stakeholders in medicine, this session will tackle many of the tough questions facing interventional cardiologists.

    "We want to bring the community together in a forum where we can all engage in self-reflection, not just of ourselves as individual practitioners but as a specialty," said Program Co-Chair Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FSCAI. "We need to talk about the questions everyone is asking, such as: Are we doing our best? Are we using resources wisely? Are we delivering appropriate care? Could we work together to increase our value?"

    Without a doubt, the issues are complex, said Program Chair James Hermiller, MD, FSCAI, "but working on them in a forum where all of our voices are represented will be an important effort, an intense experience, and inspiring to all of us. And it's sure to be fun."

    Download the SCAI 2012 Advance Program

    Ralph Brindis, MD, FSCAI to Issue Critical Challenge in Hildner Lecture

    Register Now for SCAI 2012!

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    SCAI 2012: RSVP Now for Program Directors' Symposium on May 10

    Attention Program Directors and Program Coordinators! RSVP now for the Program Directors' Symposium at SCAI 2012.

    Open to Program Directors, Program Coordinators, and/or Program Representatives this symposium will feature several presentations on:

      Come hear about important ACGME requirements and how they affect your program.
      Focusing on the importance and value of simulation as a requirement for programs, what is needed to start a simulation center and objectives and expectations of a simulation center. (John Messenger, MD, FSCAI)
      This session will discuss the NRMP process and will be an open discussion for program directors & coordinators to share their experience with their matches. Advantages and any perceived disadvantages of this program will be addressed.  This is an excellent forum to discuss your first-hand experience with NRMP! (Tarek Helmy, MD, FSCAI, Joseph Babb, MD, FSCAI & Michael Lim MD, FSCAI)
      This session will focus on how to apply for funding through SCAI, how to make your grant application attractive, how to approach your institution about providing funding, as well as other sources of funding (i.e. industry). (Joseph Babb, MD, FSCAI)

    Don't miss out. We encourage each program director to attend or send their program coordinators or representatives. This program will take place during SCAI 2012 in Las Vegas at noon on Thursday, May 10.SCAI is providign a one-day registration for Program Directors or Program Coordinators only interested in attending the symposium.

    To RSVP for this symposium and/or details on the one-day registration, please contact Sheila Agyeman at sagyeman@scai.org.

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    SCAI Comments on FDA Draft Guidance on Off-Label Information Requests

    SCAI and it's Alliance of Specialty Medicine partners recently responded to an FDA draft guidance document on physician speaker conduct. In comments submitted to the FDA, the Society points out that restricting off-label discussion that is truthful, non-misleading, and is accurate would undermine physician education. SCAI also suggests the FDA consider a more balanced policy that preserves education with reasonable regulation of non-promotional activities.

    Read SCAI's Comments

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    CMS Urged to Rescind Recovery Audit Prepayment Review Demonstration

    On Tuesday, SCAI joined nearly 40 medical societies in strongly urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to rescind the proposed Recovery Audit Prepayment Review Demonstration. In comments submitted to CMS, SCAI argues that, if enacted, the Recovery Audit Prepayment Review Demonstration would threaten patient access to care and inappropriately utilize the Recovery Auditors.

    Read the Comment Letter to Find Out More

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    AMA Tools on Improving Physician Data Reports from Health Insurers

    Do you sometimes get the feeling that health insurers know more about your practice data than you do? If so, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering resources to help you remove the mystery from the complex physician data reports you receive from health insurers.

    These tools include a standardized physician data report, a webinar on the topic, and AMA Guidelines for Reporting Physician Data.

    Access the AMA Resource Page

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