A bill to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and improve Medicare payments for physicians passed the House of Representatives today, but an amendment to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty likely means the legislation is dead on arrival in the Senate.
In-hospital survival of patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is significantly higher in the U.S. than in England, a study published in the March 15 issue of The Lancet showed. The findings offered insights on hospital-level factors that impact outcomes.
An analysis of 96 clinical trials found almost all had at least one discrepancy between the trial results published in journals and the results published on ClinicalTrials.gov, the public clinical trial registry. The findings were published in the March 12 edition of the JAMA.
Trials of new glucose-lowering drugs should consider hospitalization for heart failure as an outcome, according to a Personal View article published online March 13 in The Lancet. The authors argued that heart failure has not received much attention as an outcome in clinical trials of these drugs, but results have associated them with an increased risk of heart failure.
It appears there is not much heartache among cardiologists over their career choice. Four in five cardiologists would choose their specialty again if given the option, according to a survey by an organization that oversees an online physician community.