• June 8, 2012

    In This Issue:





    SCAI's eLearning Library Offers Variety of Online Education Programs

    SCAI is proud to offer a growing collection of online educational programs as a complement to our live meetings and courses. Ranging from courses to webinars, eLearning provides a number of benefits including:

    • Easy-to-access courses on your schedule, available 24/7;
    • Cost-effective CME opportunities for many offerings; and
    • High-quality education developed by some of interventional cardiology's leading experts.

    Click on an image below to learn more about SCAI's diverse eLearning Library


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    SCAI Seeks Exemption in CARE Bill for Techs Under Doc Supervision


    Earlier today, SCAI submitted a written statement to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health seeking an exemption in the “Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2011” (H.R. 2104) for procedures performed in cardiovascular catheterization labs where technicians are working under the direct supervision of physicians.

    While supportive of the bill's overall goal “to make the provision of technical services for medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments safer, more accurate, and less costly” and supportive of the growth of training and credentialing programs for cardiovascular catheterization technicians, SCAI points out "unlike most non-invasive imaging procedures where there is no physician in the room, invasive cardiovascular procedures are performed only while a physician who has formal training in radiation safety is in the room with the technician and that technician is under the direct supervision of that physician."

    Medicare requires this direct physician supervision for all invasive cardiovascular procedures. The supervising physicians are responsible for all aspects of care during invasive cardiovascular procedures, and they bear the responsibility for radiation safety. This is an issue covered by continuing educational processes and is a subject covered on the Board Certification exam for interventional cardiologists.

    Failure to Include this Exemption Could Have an Adverse Impact - Read More

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    SCAI-QIT: Share the Top-Ten Tips to Improve Your AUC Score at Your Lab

    Improve your AUC scores with better communication, documentation, & coding. Share SCAI-QIT's Top-Ten Tips for Improving AUC Scores for Elective PCI with members of your cath lab team. SCAI is making it simple with the online posting of a color flier that can be downloaded, printed out and posted in the lab. SCAI will also be distributing a larger poster at its booth during upcoming cardiovascular meetings.

    Want to get more involved with SCAI-QIT? It's not too late to join the hundreds of other labs that have already signed up. Best yet, it's free. Sign up now at http://www.scai.org/QITChampion.

    Download the Top-Ten Tips Flier

    Find Out More About SCAI-QIT

    Access the Library of SCAI-QIT Webinar Archives


    The SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit was originally developed with support from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC. This program is also supported by AstraZeneca. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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    SCAI Know What Counts Program Featured on Jacksonville News

    Lyndon Box, MD, FSCAI, director of SCAI's Know What Counts-Heart Smarts public education program held this spring in Jacksonville, FL, was interviewed by a local news station about why patients should know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, take medications as directed, and work with their doctors to arrive at the best treatment option for them. Watch the news clip here.

    And you can watch Dr. Box's presentation to the Heart Smarts audience on SecondsCount.org. Please share it with your patients!

    Watch the News Clip on SCAI Heart Smarts

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    CCI: June Issue Features Data From HORIZONS-AMI Study, More

    Featuring new data from the HORIZONS-AMI and GUIDELINE trials, original studies in congenital heard disease and peripheral vascular disease, and thoughtful editorials, the June issue of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is a must-read.

    SCAI Members Can Click Here to Access the June Issue of CCI

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    Taking the Pulse of Today's Job Market? Begin With SCAI's Job Bank

    Whether you are actively exploring current interventional/invasive cardiology job opportunities or just want to take the temperature of today's job market, SCAI's Job Bank is the place to start. In the past few days alone, we've had openings listed in Colorado, Michigan, Virginia and more.

    Job seekers benefit from:

    • Interventional and Invasive Cardiology Job Openings Across the U.S.: Search by location, specialty, keyword or company name.
    • Conference Connection: An improved way to network at SCAI events.
    • Resume Posting: Introduce yourself to hundreds of employers.
    • Job Alerts: Register for email updates about positions that match your qualifications and interests.

    Start Your Search at the SCAI Job Bank Now!

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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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