SCAI addresses infrapopliteal arterial disease interventions in consensus doc | Angioplasty among the medtech advances saving lives and money | Niacin offers no heart benefits, study says
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July 22, 2014
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SCAI addresses infrapopliteal arterial disease interventions in consensus doc
A SCAI consensus document published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions offers recommendations for the treatment of infrapopliteal arterial disease, increasingly facilitated by advancing technology and clinical expertise. "We are trying to create equipoise of understanding as to who can benefit from these interventions," said lead author Dr. Bruce Gray. Procedural goals can include pain relief, healing of ulcerations, prevention of major amputation and better quality of life. Healio (free registration) (7/18)
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Angioplasty among the medtech advances saving lives and money
Lifesaving medical technology including angioplasty contributes a net economic benefit of $23 billion each year, according to a report published by the Milken Institute. The researchers evaluated medical technology for heart disease and other conditions, and found that technologies including angioplasty in combination with echocardiography, electrocardiography and pacemakers resulted in cost savings and health benefits for patients. The report noted that increased innovation in the three areas could save billions more. (free registration) (7/18)
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Policy & Professional News
Survey finds specialist pay largely unchanged
Compensation of invasive cardiologists is down 2.8%, and although some specialties have seen clinicians' pay rise, changes were generally not statistically significant, according to the Modern Healthcare Physician Compensation Survey. Experts said physicians overall are working longer hours for the same level of pay or, in some cases, lower compensation. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (7/19)
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Docs report issues with Open Payments site
Doctors without financial relationships with drug and device makers who visit the federal Open Payments site are met with an error message once they log in, one of numerous possible issues with the system. A CMS spokesman says the message clearly indicates doctors have no payment records in the system, but physicians expressed confusion and concern over what they say is a lack of clarity. Doctors have also had trouble gaining access to the site, reporting that verifying their identities and logging in is taking more than an hour in some cases. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/21)
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Medical Developments
Woman with just one ventricle gives birth to healthy baby
A Maryland woman with one ventricle has given birth to a healthy baby boy. The woman, who underwent surgery for the congenital birth defect as an infant, was warned by doctors that pregnancy and labor would put dangerous stress on the only chamber of her heart that is able to pump blood. Her pregnancy was carefully monitored, and the woman was placed on bed rest to minimize stress on her heart. In people with the condition, the lone ventricle "must be strong enough to pull blood that is passively moving through the lungs into the heart and then pump it out to the body," according to SCAI's public education website (7/17)
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Stillbirth, miscarriage may predict women's future heart risk
A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that women with a history of stillbirth or miscarriage may be at elevated risk of coronary heart disease later in life. The study supports the need to ask women about their history of pregnancy loss when assessing heart risk, according to a cardiovascular expert who was not involved in the research. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/18)
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New blog offers insights for advocating with policymakers
Don't miss the latest Eye on Intervention blog post, featuring a firsthand account from SCAI Advocacy & Government Relations Co-Chairman O. Steven Gigliotti, MD, FSCAI, after he spent two days on Capitol Hill. Dr. Gigliotti was among four SCAI members who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Alliance of Specialty Medicine's annual legislative conference and meetings with elected officials. What did Dr. Gigliotti take away from his meetings with policymakers? What is his message for other interventional cardiologists? Read his blog and share your thoughts in the comments.
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July's SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month aims to reduce peri-procedural bleeding complications for PCI
This month's Quality Improvement Toolkit Tip of the Month encourages interventional cardiologists to leverage risk prediction models to assess bleeding risk in PCI patients. The tip also provides a helpful summary of evidence-based strategies for reducing bleeding. July's tip and the full archive of SCAI-QIT Tips are available on Check them out here, and share them with your colleagues.
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