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November 13, 2012
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  • Payment modifier poses serious challenges to specialists, group says
    The Alliance of Specialty Medicine, a group of specialty societies including SCAI, has raised concerns over changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. In particular, the alliance is concerned by a value-based payment modifier that establishes different performance-based payment levels. "Many specialty practices are already juggling with current conflicting and overlapping quality reporting mandates," said Dr. Alex Valadka, a neurosurgeon and spokesman for the alliance. "VBPM is still in danger of being rushed onto physicians who may not have the resources or experience needed to comply." Modern Physician (free registration) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows benefits, challenges of preventing heart disease
    Researchers at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association presented study data on drugs, supplements and lifestyle behaviors showing the importance of preventing heart disease and the challenge of doing it. Experts said there is not enough focus on heart disease prevention in women and younger patients. "We're missing a chance for prevention and missing the point at which we can change heart disease," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum of Lenox Hill Hospital. "People don't get heart disease spontaneously. It takes decades to develop." USA Today (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers suggest ways to boost comparative effectiveness trials
    Studies that compare treatments can lack impact because of obstacles posed by aggressive marketing and financial incentives for certain treatments, because researchers ignore issues important to clinicians and patients, because providers are resistant to change and because the studies' results are ambiguous, according to an analysis in Health Affairs based on interviews with researchers. The analysis recommends matching financial incentives with recommendations for changes in practice and taking doctors' and patients' perspectives into account when designing studies. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ASCERT subanalysis compares procedural costs over long term
    At every point measured, bypass surgery was more expensive than percutaneous coronary intervention, even though CABG demonstrated cost-effectiveness over the longer term, according to a subanalysis of the ASCERT trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. Session co-moderator Dr. Ralph Brindis said many concerns must be taken into account when treatment decisions are made: "As we [care for] the patient, we have to not only think about issues of quality, but accountability, transparency and cost." TCTMD.com (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Site access drives cost-effectiveness of TAVR, study finds
    The cost-effectiveness of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis is access-site dependent, according to an analysis of the PARTNER trial published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The findings support the transfemoral route, which demonstrated similar overall costs to surgery but shorter stays in the ICU and hospital overall and shorter procedural time. TCTMD.com (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Registration deadline for SCAI Transradial Interventional Program (TRIP) Houston is Friday
    The clock is ticking! The deadline to take advantage of the advance registration discount for SCAI's Transradial Interventional Program (TRIP) Houston is quickly approaching. Register by Friday, Nov. 16, and save! Planning on attending TRIP Houston from out of town? Then be sure to take advantage of the discounted room rate at The Hyatt Regency Houston by Wednesday, Nov. 14. TRIP Houston will offer a dynamic mix of didactic lectures, a nurse/tech symposium, case reviews and one-to-one structured simulation training. Led by Program Co-chairs Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI, and Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FSCAI, the faculty consists of some of the most highly trained and respected transradial experts in Houston, including Colin Barker, MD, FSCAI, and Charmaine Shields, RN. Get more information on these deadlines and review the agenda. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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