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June 26, 2012
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  • Study backs CCTA to identify need for intervention
    Results from a multicenter study support use of dual-source coronary CT angiography to determine the necessity of coronary intervention, according data from the MEDIC trial. The study involved patients at seven sites with 30% to 80% predisposition for CAD. After CCTA, 20% of patients went on to undergo revascularization. (free registration) (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SCAI president weighs in on vascular testing guidelines
    Guidelines for peripheral vascular disease testing are welcome as physicians attempt to practice more efficiently, says SCAI President Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, but he says such criteria can't address all possible clinical scenarios. "I think the most important thing for clinicians to take away from this is that just because something is 'uncertain' does not mean it is inappropriate," he said. "We still don’t know everything in medicine. There still is some 'art' to medicine." (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds standards for TAVR reporting have caught on
    Standard definitions for transcatheter aortic valve replacement studies crafted by the Valve Academic Research Consortium have gained traction with researchers, according to a new meta-analysis. VARC definitions are now common in clinical research and have resulted in uniformity and clarity in TAVR research, the authors reported. (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers sound alarm on emergency department crowding
    Emergency department resources are increasingly stretched thin as the number of patients continues to rise faster than space to accommodate them, according to findings reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Mean occupancy grew at 3.1% annually over eight years, and length of stay grew 2.9% a year. "These findings could have ominous implications for patient safety and access to emergency care in the U.S.," the researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Older, sicker patients may explain kidney complications
    Kidney injury is increasingly associated with cardiac and vascular surgeries, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Cases requiring acute dialysis increased to as many as 1 in 80 cardiac procedures and 1 in 85 vascular procedures in 2009. By comparison, 1 in 390 cardiac surgeries in 1995 required dialysis and 1 in 230 vascular surgeries. The authors said they suspect an older, sicker patient population explains the change. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SCAI News 
  • SCAI recommends CMS reclassify hospital procedural codes
    This week SCAI urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reassign the hospital procedural codes for percutaneous mitral valve repair with implant and endovascular repair of AAA with fenestrated grafts to more appropriate DRG classifications under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). SCAI believes the current DRG assignments for these procedures are misaligned with those of related procedures, resulting in an inadequate payment level to hospitals, which could discourage provision of these services and thereby limit patients' access to them. Publication of the final rule for the 2013 IPPS is expected in October 2012. Read SCAI's comments. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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