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January 29, 2013
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  • ESC consensus document backs radial approach in PCI
    The radial approach is preferred over femoral access for percutaneous coronary intervention, according to a European Society of Cardiology consensus document published in EuroIntervention. Radial access means better survival and less bleeding than femoral access, according to the report's authors, but they note that femoral access is still an important tool for a number of procedures and cases when the radial approach fails. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cardiology groups work to standardize clinical communication
    The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association worked in collaboration with other groups including SCAI to standardize terminology and data elements associated with acute coronary syndrome and coronary artery disease. The effort was designed to improve quality and research by easing and standardizing communication. "Despite centuries of advances in medicine and science, the clinical community does not use a single vocabulary to communicate," said Dr. James Tcheng. "We are espousing and advancing the development of a unified vocabulary in cardiovascular medicine." (1/28), MedPage Today (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Updated procedural codes allow more tailored reimbursement
    Although interventional cardiology has seen vast change and advancement over the past two decades, the codes used to bill for procedures were unchanged, write Drs. James Blankenship and Clifford Kavinsky. Recent CMS scrutiny offered an opportunity for SCAI and the American College of Cardiology to address issues and inconsistencies with the old codes. The new codes, which address coronary angioplasty, atherectomy and stent implantation, are more numerous and more complex, but they allow interventionalists to bill and be compensated fairly. Cardiology Today's Intervention magazine (January/February 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House subcommittee leaders support repeal of SGR formula
    The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee say they want to see legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with a system that rewards quality and is reliable. The panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state, said physicians "cannot run their practices year after year under a cloud of threatened payment cuts." MedPage Today (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Readmission trends analyzed for heart failure, MI and pneumonia
    Most 30-day readmissions for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia happened within 15 days of discharge, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Heart failure was the most frequent reason for readmission for heart failure and MI patients, while recurrent pneumonia was the most common reason for readmission of pneumonia patients. Overall, the reasons for readmission were diverse, according to researchers, who cited a "heightened vulnerability of recently hospitalized patients to a broad spectrum of conditions." (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SCAI supports Congressman Dr. Phil Roe's bill to repeal IPAB
    SCAI is endorsing Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Allyson Schwartz's (D-Pa.) "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act," which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Established under the health reform law, the IPAB would give a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable individuals – none of them practicing physicians – authority to designate Medicare spending cuts. Stakeholders would have few options for input or debate, and overriding IPAB cuts would be challenging. SCAI's position on IPAB. Read media coverage from Modern Healthcare and the Kingsport Times-News in Tennessee. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Have an IC opening? SCAI members offered 15% discount on job bank
    The SCAI Job Bank is the preeminent source for high-quality jobs and candidates within invasive and interventional cardiology. The Job Bank provides targeted, cost-effective access to hundreds of qualified invasive and interventional cardiologist candidates throughout their careers. Employers also benefit from personal customer support via a dedicated account manager as well as custom tools to manage your job posting and organize hiring strategies. With the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to post your ads to the SCAI Job Bank. Increases in traffic, resume submissions, and online responses to job ads will be at their peak during the weeks preceding SCAI 2013 and throughout the conference. As a benefit of membership, SCAI members receive 15% off their job posting. To take advantage of this opportunity, simply call (888) 884-8242! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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