• SCAI This Week
  • October 31, 2012

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    Fall Issue of Newsletter Profiles AUC App, Quality Track @ SCAI 2013, More

    Highlighting the recent release of the AUC app, sweeping changes coming to interventional coding, and the all-new Quality Track at SCAI 2013 the Fall Issue of SCAI News & Highlights is now online!

    Other features in this issue include a complete Guide to SCAI Committees, an article by Kartik Mani, MBBS, advising current interventional fellows-in-training how to find the right job in coming months, as well as a thought-provoking piece by Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, FSCAI, "Professional Stewardship and the More Selective Use of Drug-Eluting Stents".

    With additioanal information on SCAI's Distinguished Service Awards, the Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award, the Society's newest Fellows and members, SCAI's CTO education series, and more, the Fall issue is a must-read!

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    Newsletter: Big Changes Coming for Interventional Cardiology Codes

    Sweeping changes are coming for interventional cardiology coding in 2013. For starters, SCAI was successful in securing Category I codes for percutaneous ventricular assist procedures (pVAD) (33990–33993) and transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR) (33361–33365). In addition, there are new codes for diagnostic cervico-cerebral angiography (36221–36228) and non-coronary thrombolysis (37211– 37214). Find out more on these changes.

    But the most significant change for 2013 is the complete restructuring of the codes and coding conventions for reporting percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). The Fall Issue of SCAI News & Highlights features a special message from SCAI President Jeff Marshall MD, FSCAI and Advocacy Committee Chair James C. Blankenship MD, FSCAI on the potential impact of the new PCI codes on U.S. practices. It's a must-read for every interventional cardiologist who practices in the United States - access it now.

    More On All Interventional Cardiology Code Changes Coming in 2013

    Special Message on Changes to PCI Codes From Drs. Marshall & Blankeship

    RSVP Now for FREE Webinar on These Changes on November 28

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    Newsletter: “Professional Stewardship & More Selective Use of DES”

    When Archives of Internal Medicine published an analysis of practice patterns  in the use of drug-eluting vs. bare metal stents within the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, the media coverage was extensive, with many reports drawing conclusions not about variation but about appropriate use.

    In the brand-new issue of SCAI News & Highlights, lead author Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, FSCAI, discusses the mischaracterization of the study results as well as challenges facing Interventional Cardiology and all of Medicine. “That healthcare costs are rising in an unsustainable fashion is undeniable, and we no longer have the luxury of making medical decisions in a bubble shielded from the economic consequences of our actions,” wrote Dr. Yeh, as he makes the case for professional stewardship that will guide difficult decisions “better made with eyes wide open, informed by the collective wisdom and humanism of our profession.”

    Read this Important Article

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    Registration and Hotel Deadlines Quickly Approaching for TRIP Houston

    The deadline to take advantage of the advance registration discount for SCAI's Transradial Interventional Program (TRIP) Houston is quickly approaching. Register by Friday, November 16 and save!

    This is proceeded by the November 14 deadline to take advantage of the discounted room rate at Hyatt Regency Houston.

    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 including Colin M. Barker, MD, FSCAI, Ian C. Gilchrist, MD, FSCAI, Charmaine D. Shields, RN, and Jennifer A. Tremmel, MD, FSCAI.

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

    Don't Wait - REGISTER NOW

    Information on Hotel Accommodations

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    ELM Deadline is Nov. 15: Tomorrow's IC Leaders Urged to Apply Today

    The application deadline is quick approaching for SCAI's Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program in formal partnership with ACC and CRF. Applications for the next wave of interventional/invasive cardiology leaders during its 2013-15 cycle are due November 15.

    The ELM Program is charged with finding a small, highly selective group of up-and-coming physicians (there are 10 openings for the 2013-2015 cycle) and facilitating their transition into the next generation of great thinkers, presenters, teachers and national leaders. ELM Fellows participate in six training sessions over a two year period, timed with the SCAI, TCT and ACC annual conferences, and will be assigned a mentor specifically chosen to match their interests and aspirations.

    Everyone Benefits!

    A critically important component of the ELM program is that it also provides career advancement opportunities for applicants who aren't selected for the 10 fellowships. After the selection program is complete, the Program Committee will make personal calls to applicants who did not win a spot in the program, taking the time to understand their goals, aspirations, and talents, and then finding ways to channel their energy into SCAI and partnering organizations. Many of SCAI's brightest young leaders are ELM fellowship runners-up! However, you can't get involved if you don't apply!

    Don't just take our word for it. Click on the above image to hear how ELM has helped open doors for Herbert Aronow, MD, FSCAI.

    Apply Today - The Application Deadline is November 15, 2012!

    Learn More about the ELM Program

    Follow the 2011-2013 ELM Fellows' Accomplishments!

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    SecondsCount: Free Webinar on TAVR in Children a Resource for Your Patients

    Mended Little Hearts and SCAI's patient education resource, SecondsCount.org, are pleased to announce a free webinar for the families of children with congenital heart defects. Featuring SecondsCount Associate Editor-in-Chief Dennis Kim, MD, PhD, FSCAI, this educational program will explain how the transcatheter valve replacement works, its benefits and risks, who is eligible, and how the procedure is viewed by insurance companies. The webinar will include plenty of time for questions as well as interactive discussion between Dr. Kim and attendees.

    Please share this information with your patients’ families!   

    Date:  Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

    Time:  8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    Speaker:  Dennis Kim, M.D., PhD, FSCAI, of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and SecondsCount.org

    Register Now

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    Cosponsored by SCAI, Dallas-Leipzig Valve 2012 to Take Place Dec. 5-7

    Co-sponsored by SCAI, Dallas-Leipzig Valve 2012 is a 3-day conference featuring a unique cardiology and surgery collaboration in live surgeries, didactic lectures, challenging case studies and intense debates of controversial areas of management of valvular heart disease.

    Taking place Decemer 5-7, Dallas-Leipzig Valve 2012 is the only meeting of its kind in that it is truly an international collaboration of cardiologists and surgeons, directed by physicians who are stationed on opposite sides of the globe. Such a diverse faculty allows for balanced debates and effective roundtable discussions from leading physicians worldwide.

    Find Out More About Dallas-Leipzig Valve 2012

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