4/23/2013

Interventional cardiologists who respond to emergent ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction calls should be compensated for their services, according to a report in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions authored by SCAI President Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall, Dr. Peter L. Duffy, co-chairman of SCAI's Advocacy Committee, and others. Faced with a 90-minute door-to-balloon mandate from CMS and an associated 2% payment penalty, interventional cardiologists bear more of a burden than other physicians, the authors wrote. The current standard is becoming “less and less economically sustainable,” Duffy said in an interview.

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