• August 24, 2012

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    SCAI, ACC, HRS Webinar on Sweeping Coding Changes Coming in 2013

    SAVE THE DATE! On November 28, SCAI, ACC, and HRS are coming together to host a webinar preparing you for the sweeping changes in cardiology coding coming in 2013.

    Mark your office calendars now for a web-based educational program designed to prepare you and your billing staff for major changes coming to cardiology coding in 2013. In an effort to protect the valuations for your bread-and-butter procedures, the House of Cardiology had to initiate a complete restructuring of the codes and coding conventions for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and ablation procedures.

    At this important webinar, you will learn directly from those who presented the codes and sat at the table during the CPT and RUC processes. Learn from nationally recognized experts Robert Piana, MD, FACC, Amit J. Shanker, MD, FHRS, Art Lee, MD, FSCAI, and Cliff Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI, how to code for these procedures using the new coding paradigms.

    And don't miss this opportunity to hear from James Blankenship, MD, FACC, FSCAI, who serves as Cardiology's RUC Panel representative and will present our spotlight topic: "The RUC Process, the RUC Survey and the Benefits of Coalition Building." Dr. Blankenship will describe and take your questions about the impact of the RUC on you and your practice, why your participation in the process is essential, and how SCAI, ACC, and HRS band together and engage other in our efforts to protect the values for the services and procedures you provide to your patients.

    Save Nov. 28 on Your Calendar & Stay Tuned for Updates!

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    Need an Early-Career Boost? ELM Program Opens for Applicants Sept. 1

    Opportunities like this only come every 2 years!

    SCAI's Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program in formal partnership with with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) will begin accepting applications for the next wave of interventional/invasive cardiology leaders on September 1.

    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.

    Applicants must be 3-10 years out of training, but can be in either private or academic practice. Pediatric interventional cardiologists are also welcome to apply.  Considerable weight shall be given to objective evidence of leadership potential, creativity of thought, and the ability to motivate others as part of a team-approach. 

    Click on the image above to hear ELM Program Chair Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FSCAI discuss the benefits of the ELM program to early-career itnerventionalists.

    Everyone Wins!

    A critically important component of the ELM porgram, is that it also provides career advancement opportuntiteis 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 runner-ups! However, you can't get involved if you don't apply!

    More Information on ELM Program Including Application Process

    Follow the 2011-2013 ELM Fellows' Accomplishments!

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    Rosie O'Donnell Googled Her Heart Attack Symptoms...

    This week comedienne Rosie O'Donnell blogged about her heart attack, telling fans how she googled "womens heart attack symptoms." Her LAD was 99% blocked, she reports, and she was treated with a stent.

    Rosie is calling her survival "a miracle" and is urging: "know the symptoms ladies / listen to the voice inside / the one we all so easily ignore / CALL 911 / save urself."

    To help patients learn the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do when they start, point them to www.Secondscount.org.   

    For Your Patients: The Symptoms of a Heart Attack on www.SecondsCount.org

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    WIN to Host Lunch Symposium at ESC on AF & Uncontrolled Hypertension

    Attending ESC in Munich next week?

    Be sure to attend SCAI's Women In Innovations (SCAI-WIN) lunch symposium on Monday from 1 - 1:45 PM.

    SCAI-WIN Chairs Roxana Mehran, MD, FSCAI and Alaide Chieffo, MD, FSCAI will lead the symposium, a discussion of what interventional cardiologists need to know about atrial fibrillation and uncontrolled hypertension.

    ESC is also a great chance to introduce colleauges to SCAI at Booth B2-C425.

    More Information on the SCAI-WIN Symposium

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    Alliance of Specialty Medicine Seeking YOUR Input on EHR

    SCAI and its partners in The Alliance of Specialty Medicine are working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Congress to improve Medicare's current electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. Beginning in 2015, physicians that do not comply with Medicare's "meaningful use" criteria will be penalized.

    SCAI encourages you to provide information about your experience with EHR as it will assist us in our advocacy efforts on your behalf.

    Participate in The Alliance of Specialty Medicine EHR Survey

    More Information on Medicare's EHR Incentive Program

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    FDA to Host Live/Virtual Workshop on Post-Approval Studies Next Week

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public workshop entitled" Post-Approval Studies 2012 Workshop: Design, Methodology, and Role in Evidence Appraisal throughout the Total Product Life Cycle" on Thursday, August 30.

    The topics of discussion will include the following:

    • Post-approval studies in the Total Product Life Cycle;
    • Best practices and improvement of implementation strategies for post-approval studies; and
    • Public health impact and innovative methodologies for evidence appraisal.

    FDA is holding this public workshop to provide updates and obtain stakeholder input on Post-Approval Studies ordered at the time of device approval. This program will be held live on the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD as well as webcast.

    Find Out More - Registrations Due by August 28

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    SCAI Radial Summit Online is an online CME course designed for the busy interventional cardiologist. Offering up to 7.5 CME credits, this offering is available as a full course or by individual session. You decide which sessions to take based upon your busy schedule!

    Whether you are starting a TRI program at your institution or are looking for advanced information, this program will assist you in building on or expanding your knowledge of transradial access/intervention. This program will demonstrate how transradial access can increase patient comfort and safety, lower bleeding complications and reduce health care costs. Other hot topics will include strategies to lower radiation exposure and to adjust contrast media dosage.

    Purchase Now

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    Interested in On-site Learning? Information on SCAI TRIP Houston

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