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SCAI Announces Dedicated Educational Track on Quality Improvement in Invasive/Interventional Cardiology

March 4, 2013

Debuting at SCAI 2013, Track Will Provide Forum for Continued Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Care

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A first-of-its-kind educational track devoted to quality improvement will debut at the 2013 Scientific Sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), May 8-11, in Orlando, Fla. The new track will provide a forum for discussion of topics impacting the future of health care in the United States, such as public reporting, quality metrics, peer review and evolving physician reimbursement models, as well as the impact of new quality improvement efforts, many of which have been initiated by interventional cardiologists.

“The new track marks a first time a foundational focus has been put on quality at a national medical meeting,” said SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, M.D., FSCAI. “It is representative of the dedicated role of interventional cardiology in leading quality improvement and patient safety efforts, and will allow meeting attendees to tailor their experience to emphasize these critical elements of patient care.”

All-new, quality-focused programming relevant to the life-saving and life-enhancing care delivered by interventional cardiologists will be included in the SCAI 2013 Quality Improvement track. Programming will include:

  • The quality mandate and new regulatory policies
  • Payment reform and how it will impact health providers
  • Public reporting
  • How interventional cardiologists can be quality and safety champions in the cath lab
  • Ethical challenges in intervention
  • Review, certification, accreditation and beyond: steps toward achieving safe, appropriate and measureable care

“The addition of the new Quality Improvement track to SCAI’s Scientific Sessions is a testament to our commitment as a profession to quality improvement amidst the changing health care environment,” said SCAI 2013 Program Co-chair Kenneth Rosenfield, M.D., FSCAI. “This level of programming focused solely on improving quality and safety for our patients is exceptional for a medical meeting and will be unique to SCAI 2013. It will allow us to tackle some of the greatest challenges impacting cardiovascular medicine today and ultimately improve patient care.”

SCAI’s numerous quality tools, including the Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT), appropriate use criteria, practice guidelines and accreditation will also be discussed during the new track’s sessions, allowing attendees to tailor their meeting experience to their practices’ needs as well as critical elements for delivering safe and appropriate patient care.

The Quality Improvement track will be offered alongside educational tracks traditionally offered at SCAI’s Scientific Sessions, including treatment of coronary, structural, peripheral and congenital heart disease. SCAI 2013 will feature case reviews, interactive workshops, late-breaking clinical trials and poster sessions, providing attendees with the latest advancements in technology and clinical techniques. Specialized programming will focus on interventional therapies for congenital and structural heart disease in children and adults, transradial interventions, chronic total occlusions, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), hemodynamics and imaging, as well as programming specifically geared toward early-career interventionalists.

“SCAI has long been a leader in quality improvement, so adding a dedicated quality track at our annual meeting was a natural extension of our efforts,” said Dr. Marshall. “We look forward to continuing to grow and improve the program so it may serve as a valuable educational resource for advancing the quality and safety of clinical practice and for helping our members expand their roles as quality leaders for the entire profession.”

For more information on the new Quality Improvement track at SCAI 2013 or to download a preliminary program agenda, visit www.scai.org/SCAI2013. To follow the most up-to-date conference news from SCAI 2013, follow #SCAI2013 or @SCAINews on Twitter.

About SCAI

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. SCAI’s mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI’s patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit www.scai.org or www.SecondsCount.org and follow @SCAINews on Twitter for the latest heart health news.


Source: PR Newswire