These are uncertain times. However, the SCAI executive committee knows that uncertainty creates opportunity and requires leadership. Fortune favors the bold!
Accordingly, ambitious new goals have been set forth by SCAI Government Relations Committee Chair Lyndon C. Box, MD, FSCAI, and Co-Chair Joaquin Cigarroa, MD, FSCAI that includes the following initiatives:
COVID-19: The Way Forward on Covid-19, a plan to reset the nation’s COVID response to the pandemic put forward by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and featured in a SCAI-hosted webinar conversation between Dr. David Skorton, cardiologist, and CEO of the AAMC, Drs. Box and Cigarroa. SCAI has endorsed this call to action. The webinar is scheduled for October 8th at 2 pm (EDT).
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month: SCAI has been working with the Congressional PAD Caucus Chairs Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) to increase public awareness about PAD to the public. September is PAD Awareness Month! We have been working with them on a proposal to address the need for increased education and diagnosis of this disease to avoid disparities in care and avoid amputations where possible. Click here for more information.
SCAI Political Action Committee (SCAI PAC): SCAI PAC members have held several Zoom meetings with congressional candidates such as Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Representative Mike Burgess, MD (R-Texas) during the last few months. Discussions have highlighted SCAI concerns about Medicare cuts to cardiologists, PAD, and Prior Authorization legislation.
SCAI PAC is launching a fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $100,000 in 2020–21. SCAI PAC support is critical to supporting the SCAI public policy agenda. To learn more about making your voluntary contribution click here (please note SCAI PAC contributions are not tax-deductible. You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident to donate).
Our advocacy efforts will always seek to represent our members at the federal level, working to build coalitions while coordinating action on behalf of our members and their patients. If there is an important issue or initiative where you believe SCAI should be involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Cindy Grines, MD, MSCAI
SCAI 2020–21 President