• May 17, 2013

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    SCAI 2013: Catch Up With the Research that Made Headlines

    Attracting nearly 1,500 interventional cardiologists and cath lab colleagues for discussion of clinical advances and new developments –- including opportunities for quality improvement –- SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions was an enormous hit.

    Be sure to save May 28-31 in your 2014 calendar as SCAI Scientific Sessions returns to Las Vegas!

    Unable to make it to Orlando last week? You can still access all the SCAIence and education from SCAI 2013. SCAI 2013 On Demand allows you to catch up on your laptop or iOS devices, starting at only $149 for attendees.

    Also, check out attendees' thoughts about SCAI 2013 by logging onto Twitter and entering #SCAI2013. Or visit the SCAI Press Room to review some of the research that made headlines, including video discussions with researchers.

    Visit the SCAI 2013 Website

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    Marilyn Tavenner to Head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    On Wednesday, in a 91-7 vote, the Senate confirmed former hospital executive and nurse Marilyn Tavenner to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The confirmation ends a six-year stretch dating back to the George W. Bush Administration, during which the agency lacked a confirmed leader.

    The Senate had declined to vote on Tavenner's nomination during President Obama's first term and failed to vote on Obama's prior nominee, Donald Berwick, or Bush's nominee, Kerry Weems.

    SCAI welcomes this news. Ms. Tavenner has been responsive to SCAI concerns in recent years, including those raised in 2011 regarding prepayment audit activities that were scheduled to be implemented by the RACs and the MAC carrier for Florida in early 2012. These activities would have unfairly targeted members' claims, significantly delaying claims processing. Her reconsideration of new facts and information resulted in changes to these programs reflecting SCAI recommendations.

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    Dr. David Kandzari Discusses Why You Should Attend CTO Atlanta

    Looking to start a CTO program?

    Performing percutaneous CTO interventions is rapidly gaining momentum in the U.S. If you don't want to be left behind, SCAI's all-new Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Regional Training Series is the place to start.

    Taking place on June 15, SCAI CTO Atlanta will be a one-day training program providing interventional cardiologists, fellows-in-training, and cath lab nurses and techs with what they need to know, focusing on:

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

    "We're taking an in-depth approach to CTOs," said David Kandzari, MD, PhD, FSCAI, who is chairing the program along with 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."

    Enrollment is Quickly Filling - RSVP Now!

    Find Out More & View the Course Agenda

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    CCI: New Multisociety Guidelines Added to Early View Content

    In order to get critical information to members as soon as possible, SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) offers accepted manuscripts online in its Early View Section prior to inclusion of that manuscript in a print issue.

    The following Early View article is now available online - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Standards of Practice

    Original Studies


    Multisociety consensus quality improvement guidelines for intraarterial catheter-directed treatment of acute ischemic stroke, from the American Society of Neuroradiology, Canadian Interventional Radiology Association, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Interventional Radiology, Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy, and Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
    David Sacks, Carl M. Black, Christophe Cognard, John J. Connors III, Donald Frei, Rishi Gupta, Tudor G. Jovin, Bryan Kluck, Philip M. Meyers, Kieran J. Murphy, Stephen Ramee, Daniel A. Rüfenacht, M.J. Bernadette Stallmeyer and Dierk Vorwerk

    Article first published online: 3 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24862
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

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    Looking for a Guideline Document? Visit www.SCAI.org/Guidelines

    Looking for a guideline or expert consensus document? Be sure to visit SCAI's Clinical Guidelines and Resources Page at www.SCAI.org/Guidelines. The page lists guidelines and other documents that either have been developed by SCAI, or have been jointly produced, collaborated with, or endorsed by the Society. This includes recent guidelines and documents on PCI, transradial coronary and peripheral interventions, and more.

    Again, Simply Visit and Bookmark www.SCAI.org/Guidelines

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