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Miss Last Week's SCAI-QIT Webinar on Documentation Compliance for PCI? Catch Up Now
Are you looking to improve your cath lab's documentation of PCI procedures but were unable to make it to last week's SCAI-QIT webinar on the topic? That's okay, you can still catch up with the archived version of the webinar!

The latest tool in SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit, the Documentation for PCI Procedures module is designed to help your Cath Lab Team bolster its documentation process by better understanding the implications of incomplete or incorrect documentation of PCI with respect to audits, malpractice, quality and reimbursement. Last week's webinar featured a discussion from the tool's creators and the interventional cardiology community on how to apply this module based upon each cath lab's specific needs.

Access the webinar archive now!
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  Global Interventional Medical Devices
Whether you are a healthcare professional, a patient or simply someone looking to know more about the complete solutions offered by Cordis, let us show you how our distinctive approach to working in partnership with you results in innovative interventional products and services to help support sustained patient outcomes.

Do Your Patients Ask Tough Questions About Health Insurance or the ACA? Has Answers
If your patients ask you or your team challenging questions about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act or health insurance coverage in general, SCAI has a resource to help. Developed by Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FSCAI, and other members of the Editorial Board, two new information centers are the perfect prescription for your patients who are struggling to understand health insurance coverage in the United States. Visit, or go directly to the website's new centers:

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SCAI Urges House of Representatives to Repeal IPAB This Week
SCAI and its counterpart organizations in the Alliance of Specialty Medicine are urging Members of the House of Representatives to vote yes during this week's scheduled "floor vote" on H.R. 1190, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act." If passed, this legislation would repeal the "Independent Payment Advisory Board," a government board created by the Affordable Care Act for the sole purpose of reducing Medicare spending.

SCAI opposed formation the IPAB, and has urged its repeal, because of its potential to severely restrict Medicare beneficiaries' access to care. SCAI analysts believe H.R. 1190 may be passed in the House, while its prospects in the Senate are unclear.

More about H.R. 1190 and the IPAB can be found here.

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SCAI CPVI: Complex PVD Education Based on Your Practice's Needs

Thirsting for more education and knowledge on how to provide optimal treatment to the growing number of patients with complex peripheral vascular disease and critical limb ischemia? Then make plans now to attend an all-new SCAI educational course, Complex Peripheral Vascular Interventions (SCAI CPVI), in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25-26.

Designed to fulfill an unmet need for busy clinicians in the field, CPVI is structured to provide a risk-free introduction to new techniques. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss what they learn with experienced interventionalists, try out the latest techniques for themselves through on-site simulation and later incorporate these therapies in their own practice back home. Learn more and register now.

Related: SCAI 2015 TV Looks at Approaches to Critical Limb Ischemia


SCAI gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their generous educational grant support of the SCAI Complex Peripheral Interventions course while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this event.
  • Silver sponsor: Terumo Interventional Systems
  • Bronze sponsors: Abbott; AstraZeneca

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What's Your Favorite Cath Lab Hack? SCAI-ELM Fellows Blog About Theirs
SCAI-ELM Fellows Kevin Croce, MD, PhD, FSCAI, and Jeffrey Schussler, MD, FSCAI, blog about a handy cath-lab trick they use for loading a coronary balloon on a wire. Watch their video, read their blog and share your favorite tips and tricks.

Check out the Eye on Intervention blog

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CMS IPPS Proposed Rule Integrates Newer SHD Procedures, as Recommended by SCAI
On Tuesday, SCAI submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the 2016 Inpatient Prospective Payment (IPPS) System proposed rule, which would create new diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) for intra-cardiac procedures, including several structural heart disease (SHD) procedures. The proposed rule reflects SCAI's earlier recommendations, which urged CMS to establish a new DRG for SHD procedures not captured by the 2015 Proposed Endovascular/Transcatheter Cardiac Valve DRG.

Read SCAI's comments here.

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Stroke Prevention Device Shows Promise and Perplexity of Health Breakthroughs
The Watchman device may prove to be a life-changing breakthrough for many of patients, but it also offers a revealing look at the complexities and confusion that often accompany the introduction of new medical breakthroughs. SCAI Structural Heart Disease Committee Chair Clifford Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI, discusses how guidelines will help physicians determine which patients will benefit most.
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Heart Failure Befuddles the Public
MedPage Today
In a survey about heart failure, about half of respondents got the basic facts wrong, although most were aware of the condition. While 70 percent had heard of heart failure, two-thirds of the 1,600 people surveyed online confused signs of heart failure with those of a heart attack.
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Born With Half a Heart, 'Miracle Baby' is Now 11
Everyday Health
Nannette McDonagh shares a first-hand account of the birth of her son, Ian, who was born 11 years ago with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact atrial septum.
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Linking Autonomy With Accountability Reaps Rewards
Cardiovascular Business
Accountability and autonomy can go hand in hand. Citing a lesson learned from his military service, SCAI Past President Christopher J. White, MD, MSCAI, showed that cardiologists at Ochsner earned autonomy through a program that made them accountable for resource use.
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Oral Anticoagulants and Brain Bleeds
MedPage Today
Patients with Afib who survive brain bleeds while on warfarin have a very high risk for stroke and/or death if they are not restarted on oral anticoagulant therapy, a registry-based cohort study found. The findings suggest that the common practice of stopping antithrombotic treatment for good following an intracranial hemorrhage or placing patients on antiplatelet therapy instead of on an oral anticoagulant may be riskier than resuming oral anticoagulant treatment, researchers noted.
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Newer-generation DES at Lengths Exceeding 50 Millimeter Tied to Adverse Events
Patients receiving newer-generation DES at lengths exceeding 50 millimeter are at higher risk of TLR and MACE, according to an observational study published online May 23 ahead of print in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. But shorter DES lengths are "safe and acceptable," say Yohsuke Honda, MD, of Saiseikai Yokohama City Eastern Hospital (Yokohama City, Japan), and colleagues.
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Popular Heartburn Medications Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack
HealthDay News
People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests. Using medical records from nearly 300,000 U.S. adults with acid reflux disease, researchers found that the risk of heart attack was slightly elevated among those using proton pump inhibitors.
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Date Event Location
Aug. 1-2 SCAI Fellows Course at LWSIC Chandigarh, INDIA
Aug. 5-7 SCAI TAVR Session @ SOLACI Mexico City, MEXICO
Aug. 22-23 SCAI China Fellows Course Kaifeng, CHINA
Sept. 25-26 SCAI CPVI - Complex Peripheral Vascular Interventions Washington, D.C.
Oct. 29-31 SCAI at Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology Beijing, CHINA
Nov. 13-15 SCAI Fellows Course at AICT 2015 Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Dec. 6-9 SCAI 2015 Fall Fellows Courses Las Vegas
Feb. 25 SCAI Session at CardioEgypt 2016 Cairo, EGYPT
May 4-7, 2016 SCAI 2016 Scientific Sessions Orlando, FL

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack (HealthDay News)
Federal Panel Backs Approval of PCSK9 Inhibitors to Fight Heart Attacks (The New York Times)
Combination of a Cholesterol-Lowering Statin and Ezetimibe Lowers Risk of a Heart Attack or Stroke (Harvard Health)
Advantage of Radial PCI Most Apparent at Extremes of BMI (TCTMD)
Bivalirudin Plus GPI Cuts Bleeding, Mortality in Heart Failure Patients Undergoing PCI (TCTMD)

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