As 2015 begins, I offer my best wishes to you and yours for a happy and prosperous new year. The year ahead promises to be a busy one for our specialty and our Society. We are starting the year off with a three terrific opportunities with significant potential to advance our practice and our field.
These are resolutions that you can accomplish relatively easily and will yield great benefits. Please resolve to complete them this week!
1. Designate Interventional Cardiology as Your Specialty
When you take advantage of SCAI’s latest successful advocacy, Medicare and other payers will know you not as an internist or a general cardiologist but as an Interventional Cardiologist. The process involves working with your billing team to change your designation code to C3 – the new category created for the specialty of Interventional Cardiology. Once your files are updated, the result should be fewer denied claims, fairer evaluation of resource utilization, improved evaluation of outcomes and performance as well as enhanced data and advocacy about the field of Interventional Cardiology.
2. Encourage Your Cath Lab Team Members – Nurses, Technologists and Administrators – to Become SCAI Members
When your team takes advantage of SCAI’s new Cardiovascular Professional membership category, you’ll expand your cath lab’s options for participation in educational, advocacy and quality initiatives that will benefit your whole lab and potentially improve patient care. The engagement of cardiac cath lab nurses, technologists and administrators has already been instrumental in the success of SCAI’s Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) and Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp. With the creation of the new membership category, SCAI is growing the range of opportunities available for us to advance our profession and the voice of Interventional Cardiology.
3. Register to Attend Interventional Cardiology’s Meeting: SCAI 2015
I’ve been attending SCAI’s annual meeting for decades and have always appreciated SCAI’s unique focus on the practical – challenges that practicing interventional cardiologists and our teams face in the real-world, everyday patient care. The SCAI 2015 Scientific Sessions will continue this tradition with a program that each of us can customize to our interests and patient populations. Featuring five tracks – Congenital, Coronary, Quality Improvement, Peripheral and Structural – the sessions will emphasize case-based learning, with opportunities to enhance procedural technique and explore new technologies. And, with the return of our hugely successful Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp, now as a full-day offering, there will be more opportunities than ever to gain the practical skills needed to run a successful lab in today’s healthcare environment.
Stay in Touch
If your team needs assistance changing your specialty designation, or if you would like more information about Cardiovascular Professional membership or SCAI 2015, please contact SCAI staff at info@SCAI.org. Many more exciting developments will be coming to you from SCAI in 2015. Please watch for emails from SCAI and from me.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year,
Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI
SCAI President, 2014-15