• November 30, 2012

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    Have You Given SCAI Your Input on the Medicare Fee Reductions for PCI?

    In case you missed our survey, sent yesterday, a summary of the fee cuts and the information you need to weigh in on how the fee cuts will affect you, your practice, and your patients, as well as how you think the profession and the Society should respond is included in the SCAI survey below.

    United we stand, divided we fall. Please stand with interventional cardiology today by responding to SCAI's 10-minute survey:

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    Society Issues New Consensus Statement on Ad Hoc PCI in CCI

    Recommendations e-published today in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) provide new guidance on when physicians should move forward with ad hoc PCI. The paper is the Society's latest effort to ensure excellence in patient care and quality improvement in interventional cardiology.

    "Patients tend to love the idea of 'a quick fix' for problems. They may even demand to have their heart artery blockages fixed as soon as we find them, but doctors are increasingly realizing that treatment decisions are sometimes better made after some thought," said James C. Blankenship, MD, FSCAI, SCAI Secretary and the lead author of the consensus paper. "Whether we proceed immediately or stop the procedure depends on the individual patient's situation.

    "When a patient is suffering a heart attack, or the angiogram reveals that a heart attack may be imminent, immediate angioplasty and stenting is almost always in the patient's best interest," continued Dr. Blankenship. "In contrast, when the patient's blockages appear to be stable, it may be advisable to stop the procedure and discuss the test results with the patient and family members. The new recommendations will help physicians ensure they are taking the right steps to provide the best care for each patient."

    Find Out More About Specific Recommendations in This Document

    Download the Consensus Statement, ePublished in CCI

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    Webinar on Cardiology Coding Changes Attracts Over 1,400 Attendees

    SCAI, ACC and HRS hosted a joint webinar on Wednesday afternoon, attracting 1,400 attendees at over 600 sites preparing for sweeping changes coming to cardiology coding in 2013.

    This two-hour webinar walked attendees through real-world examples of how the codes should be used and featured plenty of opportunities for questions and ensuing discussion.

    Here's what some attendees had to say:

    "The webinar was great thank you. The information was perfect! The webinar answered my questions I had about the new codes for 2013."

    "Great presentation! Thank you for all the information!"

    "Congratulations on the great webinar yesterday.  We thought it was great and more importantly we are already hearing from customers that is was great."

    Access the Webinar Archive Now!

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    SCAI Leaders Update You on Reimbursement Changes Coming in 2013

    In a series of special bulletins presented by SCAI, leading interventional cardiologists including SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, and SCAI Advocacy Committee Chair James Blankenship, MD, FSCAI, provide essential information that all invasive/interventional cardiologists and their billing staff must know in order to obtain appropriate reimbursement for coronary interventions in 2013. 

    In addition to helpful context about how reimbursement for PCI has evolved, Drs. Blankenship and Marshall explain how new codes that SCAI helped develop will allow for coding that recognizes and allows for appropriately higher reimbursement when interventions are complex, such as for STEMI and CTO. To learn more, access these SCAI resources:

    • A special President’s Page, e-published in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions
    • The latest issue of SCAI News & Highlights, which presents the new codes in handy tables you can share with your whole team.
    • A brand-new webinar (mentioned above) by SCAI, ACC, and HRS — now available in the SCAI Archives —  where Robert Piana, MD, FACC, Amit J. Shanker, MD, FHRS, Art Lee, MD, FSCAI, and Clifford Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI, provide real-world examples of how the new codes should be used in the future and field questions from practicing cardiologists and coding staff who attended the webinar in real time.  

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    SCAI 2013: Earlybird Registration Deadline is Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

    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?

    Start planning now to join SCAI, colleagues and friends in celebrating 36 years of the Best of the Best in Interventional/Invasive Cardiology Education in Orlando on May 8-11, 2013.

    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.

    Time is ticking. Be sure to beat the earlybird registration deadline, less than two weeks away on Wednesday, December 12. ACT NOW!

    Register for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions Now!

    Submit Your Abstract - Accepted Presenters Receive Free Registration

    Take Advantage of the Tremendous Room Rate at the Peabody

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    "Cardiology at Hand" App Offers CCI and Other Wiley Cardiology Titles

    Access SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) and 10 other Wiley cardiology journals on your Android, iPhone, iPad, or Blackberry now with the all-new Cardiology at Hand App.

    With the rapid publication of news and research articles it's harder than ever to stay focused on the most relevant and useful content. Download the Cardiology at Hand App for your mobile device and access instant updates from the field of cardiology, including cutting-edge article abstracts, news and details of upcoming events.

    Simple and easy to navigate, Cardiology at Hand presents an optimized reading experience for your mobile device. You can easily tag content for convenient reading and share with your friends and colleagues through email, Twitter, Facebook, and more!

    Download the Cardiology at Hand App, Featuring CCI Content

    Once You've Had a Chance to Use the App, Send Your Feedback

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    Don't Wait! Seats Filling Fast for SCAI Transradial Program in Houston!

    Enrollment for SCAI's Transradial Interventional Program (TRIP) Houston is quickly filling.

    Don't wait - RSVP now!

    Led by Program Co-chairs Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI and Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FSCAI, the faculty consists of some of the most highly trained and well respected transradial experts in Houston, including Colin Barker, MD, FSCAI, and Charmaine Shields, RN, MSN, CVRN.

    TRIP Houston will offer a dynamic mix of didactic lectures, a nurse/tech symposium, case reviews and one-on-one structured simulation training.

    Advanced Content Includes:

    • Traversing difficult anatomy
    • Difficult interventional substrates
    • Transradial peripheral intervention
    • Nursing / tech symposium
    • Case based education
    • Structured simulator curriculum with one-on-one faculty interaction

    Nurse/Tech Content Includes:

    • Equipment needs
    • Room arrangements for radial vs. femoral
    • Radial artery policy
    • TR band policy and competency
    • Hemostasis removal documentation flow sheets
    • Same day PCI
    • Staff education requirements and plan for implementation
    • Financial investments / savings

    Register Now

    View the Agenda

    Find Out More About the Structured Simulator Curriculum

    Information on Hotel Accommodations

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