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October 23, 2012
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  • SCAI releases consensus statement, survey results
    PCI procedures result in marked improvements to quality of life for patients, according to a new SCAI survey. There is also a consensus statement being published by Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. Participants in the survey indicated improvements to their basic physical activity as well as their ability to work, socialize, participate in hobbies and engage in sexual activity. SCAI President Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall said he hopes the effort will spur more discussion on an issue "that has been pushed under a rug. ... Having seen [firsthand] my parents go through this, I was quite impressed that quality of life following revascularization has been underappreciated." TCTMD.com (10/19), MedPage Today (free registration) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assessing the benefits of the ACE process
    Anne Beekman, cath lab manager for Spectrum Health in Michigan, shares her facility's experiences with Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence and the benefits received as a result of the process. Beekman lauds the process as being more focused on patient care than other available accreditation options and for providing valuable tools and resources for improving performance. Cath Lab Digest (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Medical groups suggest reforms on physician payment
    The American Medical Association along with more than 100 additional medical groups representing states and specialties sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee outlining principles the societies said are needed to craft a new Medicare physician payment system. Initial steps include repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula followed by a series of reforms in delivery system, payment updates and physician rewards, the groups stated. Bloomberg BNA (free content)/Health Care Daily Report (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More ACA rules will be in effect in 2013
    Next year, health insurers must provide easy-to-read summaries with no fine print for plans offered, annual plan limits will rise to $2 million and the amount employees can save tax-free in flexible spending accounts will be capped at $2,500 under the Affordable Care Act. Health insurance premiums are expected to rise, but the average increase will be lower than in prior years, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Developments 
  • Analysis: Different effects of blocked arteries among men, women
    Coronary lesions that look similar in X-ray examinations are less likely to result in ischemia in women as compared with men, according to a subgroup analysis of the FAME trial. "The clinical implications of this study are important. Because women appear to have higher FFR values for a given stenosis, it may be even more relevant to measure FFR in women to confirm hemodynamic significance before performing PCI," researchers noted. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Edwards gains expanded FDA approval for heart device
    The FDA has granted Edwards Lifesciences expanded approval for its Sapien valve to be used as an alternative treatment for high-risk patients who can handle open-heart surgery. The agency previously approved the device for use in patients who are too weak to undergo open-heart procedures. Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg News (tiered subscription model) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New York Times publishes letter to editor from SCAI president
    "Can You Do Too Much to Prevent a Stroke?," a New York Times column published last week, quotes specialists representing only two-thirds of approaches to preventing stroke, excluding interventional cardiologists. In her column exploring the role of medical therapy, carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting in stroke prevention, Jane Brody offers quotes such as, "Cardiologists have no business messing with carotid arteries." Troubled by such unbalanced reporting, SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, M.D., FSCAI, submitted a letter to the editor, saying, "Doctors who perform carotid stenting should not be criticized for working to expand stroke treatments to patients who might otherwise have limited treatment options." Read the entire letter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register now for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions in Orlando
    If YOU can only attend one Interventional Cardiology education program this year, shouldn't it be the Best of the Best? Shouldn't it be SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions? With an unparalleled focus on demonstrating how advances in interventional and invasive cardiology translate to everyday practice, SCAI 2013 will feature the addition of a Quality Improvement track to its existing tracks focusing on Coronary, Peripheral, Structural and Congenital Interventions. Join SCAI, colleagues and friends in celebrating 36 years of the Best of the Best in Interventional/Invasive Cardiology Education in Orlando on May 8-11, 2013. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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