Are you perplexed by the alphabet soup of payment systems? Confused about the difference between billing or reimbursement from the perspective of the clinician versus the facility? Ever wonder how reimbursement rates are set for cognitive versus procedural services like E/M, interpreting ECGs or imaging stress tests, complex PCI with mechanical circulatory support? Need advice on how to start a cPCI or Structural Heart Program? Do you want to spend wisely on your interventional program now to reap future rewards? Are you a cath lab clinician, manager, or operational leader? Then join us for this elucidative webinar that will make Cath Lab Micro- and Macro-Economics meaningful in practical and remunerative ways in your day-to-day operations.


Learning Objectives

After completing this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Compare the incentives and penalties in these various payment systems, including FFS, bundled payments, capitation, MACRA/MIPS
  • Describe how CPT procedural codes are established and how relative value units for CPT codes are assigned
  • Compare and contrast the perspectives of institutional vs. professional billing and reimbursement
  • Describe the financial implications of being a hospital-employed vs. an independent physician (solo or group practice)
  • Appraise monetary and non-monetary costs as well as direct vs. indirect costs
  • Implement best practices when starting up a new service line



Agenda and Invited Faculty


Moderator: James C. Blankenship, MD, MSCAI
Q&A Moderator: Peter L. Duffy, MD, FSCAI

  • Dollars and Cents: Overview of Payment Systems, Christina Economides, MD
  • Seeing How CPTs R Valuable to U, Robert Piana, MD, FSCAI
  • Reimbursement: Are You Professional or Technical?, Harold L. Dauerman, MD, FSCAI
  • Seeing Hazily Through a Crystal Ball: The Future of Health Care Reimbursement, Joel Sauer, MBA
  • Cath Lab Economics for the Uninitiated: Saving by Spending Wisely, Duane S. Pinto, MD, MPH, FSCAI
  • How to Survive Starting Up A Structural Heart Program, John D. Carroll, MD, MSCAI


Accreditation Statement

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Successful Completion

Watch the content and complete the evaluation to complete credit. 



Registration Information

Cost: Free

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