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January 8, 2013
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News for Invasive/Interventional Cardiologists

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  • Short-term SGR patches have long-term impact, physicians say
    Ahead of the recent "fiscal cliff" deal, physicians' groups called on Congress to formulate a permanent solution to the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula, which had been poised to deliver a significant blow to doctors at the start of the year. However, lawmakers voted to simply postpone cuts. Interventional cardiologist Dr. Peter Duffy says the annual uncertainty, which has persisted for a decade, is resulting in losses of qualified staff and was a factor in the sale of his practice to a hospital system. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/22), American Medical News (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Professional News 
  • Lessons in appropriate use: Issues are rare, but scrutiny is healthy
    Although news reports of alleged inappropriate stent implantation grabbed headlines over the past year, a registry review did not find widespread issues. Maryland has emerged from the shadow of two prominent cases with a new law setting strict standards for hospital oversight. Strategies such as random case reviews can be important in addressing problems before they become serious, said Dr. Ajay Kirtane of Columbia University Medical Center and Dr. Ken Rosenfield of Massachusetts General Hospital. "With consistent, transparent peer review, cath labs can identify those interventionalists who haven't necessarily breached ethical boundaries, but who could benefit from education about new techniques or practice style changes," Kirtane said. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penalties for fraud especially steep in cardiology
    If convicted, cardiologists accused of performing unnecessary procedures face steep penalties and lengthy prison time in part because of the costs and risks associated with the procedures cardiologists perform. "There is a lot of money in cardiac catheterization, and a lot of need for catheterization. And if done right, it can save a lot of money," said attorney David Honig. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Docs express concern over recommendation on nonroller pumps
    If the FDA follows a panel recommendation, the manufacturers of certain nonroller blood pumps for hemodynamic support will have to to go through the full premarket approval process, something that worries clinicians. "If the FDA reclassified these devices and required a premarket approval, it might put a taint on them and doctors would be less comfortable using them and patients would question them," said SCAI Past President Dr. George Vetrovec, who spoke on behalf of the organization. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Studies support safety of transradial PCI
    Two recent studies examining the efficacy and safety of transradial-access percutaneous coronary intervention found support for the approach. An analysis of nearly 350,000 procedures in Europe found no increased risks of neurological complications with transradial access, while a U.S. study found fewer incidences of bleeding along with reduced in-hospital mortality risk among patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction who were treated with transradial PCI. (1/4), (Montreal) (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early appointment boosts attendance at cardiac rehabilitation
    Setting initial cardiac rehabilitation within 10 days of hospital discharge resulted in an 18% increase in attendance at the orientation session, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. Barely 30% of heart attack patients join such a rehabilitation program after being scheduled within one to four weeks of discharge, researchers said. Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SCAI 2013: Abstract submissions due midnight Friday
    Want your work published in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI)? All presented abstracts at the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions will be published in a special May issue of CCI, the Society's official journal. In addition, all accepted abstract presenters receive free registration to SCAI 2013 and the Top 10 Abstracts are selected for oral presentation at the Scientific Sessions. The extended submission deadline is Friday at midnight. Don't wait – submit now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Space is limited for CTO Phoenix; be sure to reserve your spot now
    Performing percutaneous CTO interventions is rapidly gaining momentum in the U.S. If you don't want to be left behind, SCAI's all-new Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Regional Training Series is the place to start. Full enrollment is expected for SCAI's upcoming Phoenix CTO course on Jan. 19. The course will feature basic and advanced information relating to setting up a CTO program, retrograde problem solving, developing a "CTO toolbox" and case-based problem solving. In addition to gaining a stronger understanding of CTO case selection and management, attendees will learn the key decision-making strategies and recognize the hardware necessary for successful case management. Full enrollment is expected. Find out more, including registration information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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