• May 24, 2012

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    CMS Again Delays Launch of RAC Prepayment Audits of PCI

    CMS has delayed the launch date of the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) prepayment review demonstration — including prepayment audits of PCI — and will give physicians 30 days notice prior to launch. CMS previously planned to begin the RAC prepayment demo in 11 states on June 1.

    SCAI, AMA and other specialty medicine groups strongly advocated to CMS that the RAC prepayment demo would threaten patient access to care and inappropriately utilize the RACs, who have no expertise in prepayment review and have historically been grossly inefficient in conducting post-payment audits.

    This is the second delay of the RAC prepayment demo. Previous SCAI advocacy efforts helped CMS to decide to postpone the initial start date of January 1.

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    PVD Committee Urges YOU to Weigh In With NHLBI on Research Priorities


    SCAI's Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Committee Chair Michael Jaff, DO, FSCAI is urging SCAI members to weigh in on research priorities in PVD with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).


    All feedback will be incorporated into the discussions of the NHLBI-sponsored Working Group entitled "Research Priorities and Challenges in Surgical and Endovasclar Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease" to be held June 5, 2012 in advance of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Gary Ansel, MD, FSCAI will be representing SCAI in this working group.


    The working group would like your input on the following questions:


    1. What are the three most clinically important, unanswered research questions in the surgical and/or endovascular treatment of PVD?
    2. What are the top challenges likely to be encountered in PVD trials, particularly those involving vascular therapy and/or endovascular therapy? How can experience from other interventional trials inform us?
    3. What are the main challenges to successfully engaging in PVD research (basic, translational, and clinical)?


    To respond, please send your comments to NHLBI_VSWG@mail.nih.gov

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    Dr. Jeffrey Marshall to Focus on Quality of Life During SCAI Presidency

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    SCAI-QIT: RSVP Now for May 31 Webinar on New Cath Lab Standards

    Need help understanding how to apply the recently released 2012 Clinical Expert Consensus Document on Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Standards Update to your cath lab?

    Then be sure to join your colleagues for next week's free webinar on this topic, as part of its Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) Webinar Series.

    This is the first update to this document since 2001 and it is critical that all members of the cath lab team understand how this document will affect commonly accepted quality standards and best practices. As SCAI Quality Champions continue to implement the SCAI-QIT at their cardiac cath lab, this webinar will also provide participants with a focused look at how this document applies to quality oversight of the lab and how it can be incorporated into the greater Toolkit.

    Taking place Thursday, May 31 at 2 PM ET, this webinar will feature the document's Writing Committee Chair Thomas Bashore, MD, FSCAI along with quality experts Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI and Bonnie Weiner, MD, FSCAI, followed by your questions and comments.

    Register for the Webinar Now

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