• August 17, 2012

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    Save the Dates: CTO Training Series to Launch in Phoenix & Atlanta

    SCAI is proud to announce the launch of its Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Regional Training Series with stops in Phoenix on January 19 and Atlanta on March 23.

    The SCAI CTO Regional Training Course will be a one-day training program that provides an introduction to CTO:

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

    Similar to the popular SCAI TRIP series, the CTO program will feature a combination of didactics and case presentations that allow participants to recognize the elements of CTO PCI case management, strategy, and program development. A flexible agenda will accommodate audience participation and allow faculty to field questions and interact with attendees.

    “Maintaining a relaxed, inviting program is important to our success,” said Program Co-chair David Kandzari, MD, FSCAI. “We want participants to have the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and understand the opportunities for developing their own CTO programs.”

    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.

    “We’re taking an in-depth approach to CTOs,” said Program Co-director William Lombardi, MD, FSCAI. “With CTOs gaining momentum within the United States, starting a program requires a great deal of planning and insight. Our goal for this program is to arm physicians with the tools and knowledge they need for success while connecting them with a world-class faculty who can answer their questions and help them get started the right way.”

    More Information on SCAI's CTO Regional Training Series

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    New SecondsCount.org Video Gives Patients Guided Tour of the Cath Lab

    Help your patients prepare for their cardiovascular procedure with the new SecondsCount.org video “What Will You See in the Cath Lab.”

    Developed by SecondsCount Editor-in-Chief John P. Reilly, MD, FSCAI, this latest addition to SCAI’s public education website gives patients a preview of what the cath lab will look like from their perspective, including the equipment they may see and how members of the cardiac cath team will get them ready for their procedure. There’s a wealth of information and reassurance in this 90-second video.

    Check It Out at www.SecondsCount.org

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    TRIP Chicago Sells Out; Be Sure to RSVP Now for TRIP Houston

    Enrollment for TRIP Chicago is now full. Don't miss out on SCAI's 2012 Transradial Interventions Program Series - be sure to register now for SCAI TRIP Houston!

    TRIP Houston will build upon the basics taught during previous TRIP programs, focusing on advanced techniques and best practices. This series is designed for both past TRIP attendees as well as those who've not previously attended.

    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 experts in transradial interventions including a dynamic mix of didactic lectures, a nurse/tech symposium, case reviews and one-on-one structured simulation training.

    Don't Wait - Enroll Now!

    More Information on TRIP Houston

    Download the Preliminary Program

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    New Quality Tools Unveiled to Over 300 Attendees at SCAI-QIT Webinar

    Over 300 interventional/invasive cardiologists, cath lab techs and nurses, and hospital administrators were treated to the unveiling of a new quality tool, during Wednesday's SCAI-QIT Webinar on the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization.

    Presented by Steven Bailey, MD, FSCAI and Manesh Patel, MD, FSCAI, the webinar focused on helping attendees to incorporate new appropriate use criteria for diagnostic cardiac catheterization into their quality improvement programs.

    The program also featured the rollout of two new tools focused on enhancing communication between referring and performing physicians and the catheterization team, including coding professionals: the SCAI/ACCF Elective Right Heart Catheterization Data Collection Sheet and the SCAI/ACCF Elective Left Heart Catheterization and Coronary Angiography Data Collection Sheet.

    It was the largest live audience yet for the webinar series, following up on record attendance at the previous webinar on the newly release Cath Lab Standards on May 31.

    Download the Diagnostic Cath Right Heart Data Collection Sheet

    Download the Diagnostic Cath Left Heart Data Collection Sheet

    Access the Archived Version of this Webinar

    Visit the SCAI-QIT Webinar Archive Library

    Sign Up to be a SCAI-QIT Quality Champion at Your Facility

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    Citing Patient Safety CMS Drops Hospital Outpatient Quality Measure

    Earlier this week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday removed outpatient quality measure OP-16 from the calendar year 2013 hospital outpatient quality reporting program based on patient safety concerns. The measure is used to report Troponin results received for heart attack and chest pain patients within 60 minutes of arrival in the emergency department. Hospitals began collecting data for the measure in January for payment determination in CY 2013.

    On July 11, the Food and Drug Administration recalled several point-of-care testing kits, including those for Troponin, due to false results. “While OP-16 does not specify which type of laboratory equipment should be used to obtain Troponin results, hospitals may be using these POC tests in order to expedite results,” CMS said. “In view of the recent Class I recall, CMS is concerned that continued collection of the measure may potentially impact patient safety because of the high probability of false results associated with such equipment. CMS will not publicly report, validate or use in CY 2013 payment determination any data collected on this measure.”

    Due to constraints on the CMS data processing system, hospitals in the outpatient quality reporting program must continue to submit a number for the measure, but may simply plug a "dummy" number into the field..

    Read the CMS Announcement

    Read the Recall Notice for the Point-of-Care Testing Kits

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    SCAI's Twitter Following Nearing 900; Help Us Get There

    SCAI's Twitter account @SCAI passed 800 followers earlier this month and we're quickly nearing 900.

    Let's keep the momentum going. If you have a Twitter account, be sure to follow us @SCAI. If you tweet, please be sure to mention #SCAI programs or retweet @SCAI messages.

    Need something to promote to your patients? SCAI's @SECONDSCOUNTORG Twitter account is a great resource for your patients with the latest news and updates from SCAI's Patient Education Resource, www.SecondsCount.org.

    Spread the Word About #SCAI

    Want to share your favorite SCAI program with others? Perhaps it is SCAI-QIT, ELM, WIN, SCAI's eLearning Library, etc. Let the Twitter universe know about these programs and don't forget to use the hashtag #SCAI

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