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TAVR Low-Risk Studies Get Standing Ovation at ACC
The success of the two trials of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in low-surgical-risk patients stole the show at the American College of Cardiology 68th Annual Scientific Session 2019 (ACC.19) today, with the presenters receiving a standing ovation after reporting their data showing impressive outcomes compared with surgery.
CABANA Published: Mixed Results, Helpful Insights
The CABANA trial showed no significant difference for its clinical primary endpoint between the strategies of ablation or rate- or rhythm-control meds alone in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The null outcome, however, may still help to enlighten current clinical practice, say observers on the randomized trial's formal publication March 15 in JAMA.
How an 'Innocent' Audit Can Spell Big Danger
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported almost $32 billion in net accounts receivable from the public for the fiscal year (FY). The amount included provider and beneficiary overpayments, Medicare prescription drug overpayments, Medicare premiums, state phased-down contributions, Medicaid/CHIP overpayments, audit disallowances, civil monetary penalties and restitutions, the recognition of Medicare secondary payer accounts receivable, and exchange activities.
Avoid These 5 Costly Last-Minute Tax-Filing Mistakes
Like death, taxes are unavoidable, so it's wise to make the process if not profitable then at least as painless as possible. To help you sidestep some all-too-common and potentially costly errors, we have asked tax experts to describe some of the common tax mistakes that physicians may make. Here are the five mistakes you want to avoid:
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CMS Makes Progress but Continues to Limit Life-Saving Access for Heart Valve Disease Patients
The Association of Black Cardiologists issued a joint statement along with the Alliance for Aging Research, Heart Valve Voice US, and Mended Hearts in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed decision to cover Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for the treatment of symptomatic aortic valve stenosis through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED).
Letter to the Editor: Racial Bias in Medical Care
ABC member Lynne Perry-Bottinger, MD, FACC wrote a letter to the editor in the New York Times discussing how racial bias in medical care could be eliminated.
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Ignored in Plain Sight: Giving a Voice to the Weight of Stress on Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Black Women
Michelle A. Albert
In this issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the article, “Stress, Resilience, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Black Women” by Felix et al examines the roles of acute psychosocial stressors (stress) and social strain on a variety of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes.
Mississippi Delta Miracle: Angiographic Screening Yields Dramatic Reduction in Amputations
Co-authored by Foluso A. Fakorede, MD (with Bynthia M. Anose, PhD, Mary L. Yost, MBA, Amy E. Harlow, RN, BSN, Brad J. Martinsen, PhD)
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulatory deficiency prevalent among the aging global population, with an estimated 202 million cases worldwide and 18 million in the United States in 2010. To identify patients with PAD, early screening is absolutely crucial, allowing timely and appropriate treatment to commence.
Clinical and Functional Outcomes Associated with Age after Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Co-authored by Alexis Kofi Okoh, MD (with Nathan Kang, MS, Nicky Haik, BA, Setri Fugar, MD, Chen Chunguang, MD, Haik Bruce, MD, Marc Cohen, MD, Mark J. Russo, MD)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) via a transapical (TA) approach has been associated with high morbidity. The aim of this study is to investigate the association of age and clinical and functional outcomes after TA-TAVR.
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