SCAI President's Winter Update: New Resources for Members | SCAI

Dear fellow SCAI members,

I hope you all are surviving what has been a tough winter for many of us. Spring is near, and none too soon. We can all bask in the sun together in May, at SCAI 2015 in San Diego. I need sun!

Answers to Your (and Your Coding Staff’s) Questions About CMS Interventional Cardiology Desgination

I’m writing to share news about some important new resources that you’ll want to take advantage of. First, is a brand-new FAQ tool that addresses the questions that you and your billing staff may have about CMS’s new specialty designation for Interventional Cardiology. In case you missed it, this is a big step forward for our specialty because, once you change your designation in the CMS database, your Medicare claims will be less likely to be denied as “duplicates” of services provided by other physicians in your practice who are not interventionalists. The new designation should also help all of us improve how our services are perceived with regard to resource utilization and outcomes. By identifying ourselves as Interventional Cardiologists (rather than as Cardiologists) we help eliminate apples-to-oranges comparisons with other physicians whose work is less intense and whose patients are often less complex.

The FAQ tool is both thorough and readable – an excellent resource for all of us and our billing staff. 

You Can Help Share the Impact of Interventional Cardiovascular Care

Just this week, SCAI debuted the story of Tony Spagnoletti, a firefighter who suffered a heart attack that nearly took his life. Tony’s story is the first in a series of digital/video story-sharing campaigns that SCAI has undertaken. The fast action of first responders and the cath lab team led by Dr. Bob Applegate saved Tony’s life and made it possible for him to return to fighting fires and being a husband to his wife, Allison, and a dad to his two daughters. Tony’s story is powerful and important. It has reached thousands of people in the last few days. I urge you to watch the video; read the accompanying story, which is packed with information valuable for the public to understand; and share it with your patients. Click here to see Tony’s story: How Acting Fast Saved a Firefighter’s Life

New Digital Publications from SCAI

This month SCAI unveils two new SCAI’s digital publications that will provide all of us with latest news and information about the Society’s mission areas of education, advocacy and quality. In 2015, SCAI is streamlining its communications tools to make even more information readily available to you than ever before. Please use (and share) the news from SCAI and updates on breaking news from our field with your colleagues.

The New Digital SCAI News & Highlights
The Society’s member newsletter, SCAI News & Highlights, is now available to you as an electronic publication, which is easy to use, even for the electronically challenged. The all-new SCAI News & Highlights features user-friendly tools that make it simple to click on links that will take you to more information than ever before. Additionally, you can now share articles with one another via social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, and play videos from SCAI.

New, Expanded SCAI This Week
Starting next week, we’ll unveil an expanded, updated SCAI This Week e-brief to keep you up-to-date on SCAI activities, headline-news from the mainstream and trade media, the Image of the Week, career opportunities from the SCAI Job Bank, and much more.

Watch your email for the debut edition soon!

Interventional Cardiology’s Annual Meeting

SCAI 2015 is just around the corner. If you haven’t seen the Advance Program, I urge you to check it out right now, and then register so you won’t miss a minute of terrific education like this:

  • Practical, interactive, case-based sessions in 5 tracks: Congenital, Coronary, Peripheral, Quality Improvement and Structural
  • Keynote presentations by Drs. Robert Harrington, Joseph Loscalzo, Peter Fitzgerald and Christian Assad-Kottner, on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing our specialty  
  • Training for the whole team:   Heart Team Approach sessions throughout the week, a day-long Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp on Friday, hands-on workshops on Saturday, and more  
  • Collaborative symposia with the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and with Vascular InterVentional Advances (VIVA), plus the Combined CHD and SHD Symposium
  • Cutting-edge innovation:  “State-of-the-Art” updates on new technologies, vascular medicine, pharmacology, new devices, and emerging structural and valvular therapies
  • Much, much more... 

This message barely scratches the surface of everything going on at SCAI. The best way to stay up-to-date is to watch your email for SCAI This Week and SCAI News & Highlights, and log on to every chance you can. When you see an initiative that interests you, please volunteer and get involved by emailing  

Or reach me directly at

Best regards,

Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI
SCAI President, 2014-15

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