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Cath Labs Now: Navigating Today's Reality and Beyond

Healthcare professionals have experienced a substantial learning curve in delivering high-quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This experience and other current events across the country have dramatically accelerated changes that were underway in reshaping healthcare and the care of the cardiovascular patient.

Recognizing that our specialty has been and will continue to operate in a new normal led SCAI to design this novel series addressing the need for data collection around life-saving cardiac procedures; communication tools for medical personnel, administrators, and patients; and plans to maximize efficiency. The Cath Lab Now series will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and insight to run your Cath Lab with efficiency, innovation, and equitable care in today's reality and beyond.

Part 1: Operationalizing Efficiency, Cost-Effectiveness, and Innovation During a Pandemic 

  • Cath Lab Logistics: Balancing Elective, Urgent and Emergent Cases Across the Spectrum of Interventional Procedures, Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, FSCAI
  • Mechanisms to Increase Throughput and High-Quality Efficiency: Structural Heart Perspectives, Daniel I. Simon, MD, FSCAI
  • Cost-Effectiveness Strategies in the Era of Declining Reimbursement, Outpatient Facilities, and Reduced Pandemic-Related Revenue, Herbert D. Aronow, MD, MPH, FSCAI

Part 2: Providing Equitable Care—Managing Vulnerable Populations 

  • Seconds Still Count and NACMI Registry, Cindy L. Grines, MD, MSCAI
  • Historical Disparities of Care Across CAD in Diverse PopulationsRoxana Mehran, MD, FSCAI
  • PAD and Amputee DisparitiesFoluso Fakorede, MD
  • Heart Valve Procedures and Disparities, Wayne Batchelor, MD, MHS, FSCAI

Part 3: Maintaining a Successful Cath Lab Workforce While Maximizing Patient Satisfaction 

  • Cath Lab Staffing Models in the COVID Era: What Have We Learned? ​Kirk Garratt, MD, MSCAI​
  • Mechanisms to Evaluate and Improve Staff and Physician Wellness, Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FSCAI​
  • Mechanisms to Improve Patient Satisfaction and Retention of Market Share, Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN​
Part 4: Healthcare Leadership Roundtable—Where Does the Cath Lab Fit in the Cardiology Service Line and Health Network?
Faculty: Tony Farah, MD, FSCAI; Kirk N. Garratt, MD, MSC, MSCAI; Cindy L. Grines, MD, MSCAI; Steven V. Manoukian, MD, FSCAI; Jeffrey J. Popma, MD, FSCAI 

Discussion Topics:
  • Aligning cath lab operations with population health initiatives
  • Ensuring equitable use of cath lab services
  • Bringing new technologies to the cath lab
  • Improving the value of invasive cardiovascular services
  • The CV service line's economic impact within a hospital and health system
  • Cross training versus maintenance of specialization


Herbert D. Aronow, MD, MPH, FSCAI  Wayne Batchelor, MD, FSCAI 
Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN Falosu Fakorede, MD 
Tony Farah, MD, FSCAI Kirk N. Garratt, MD, FSCAI 
Cindy L. Grines, MD, MSCAI  Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, FSCAI 
Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FSCAI  Steven V. Manoukian, MD, FSCAI
Lodovico "Vico" Marziale, RN AD Roxana Mehran, MD, MSCAI 
Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FSCAI  Jeffrey J. Popma, MD, FSCAI 
Binita Shah, MD, FSCAI Daniel I. Simon, MD, FSCAI
Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic.
No in-kind commercial support was received.
Continuing Education Information

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 4.0 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 4.0 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 and complete the evaluation to obtain credit. 

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 12/31/2021
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered: 4 CME Credits
4 ABIM-MOC Points
4 Participation Credits
4 Nurse CE Credits
Contains: 4 Courses
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