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ACC 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 to Sunday, March 19, 2017

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 - biggest advance

During the past 10 years, there have been major advancements in cardiology, according to physicians and healthcare leaders. Listen in to hear what cardiology leaders define as the most important.

 - word of year

Surreal was the Merriam Webster word of the year in 2016. Cardiovascular Business asks physicians and others involved in cardiology for their “word of the year” for 2017 is. We’ll give you a hint – the word of the year suggestions start with change and concern and emerge from there.

 - pallative care

Palliative care is a growing area in cardiovascular medicine, says ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD. Patients with heart failure and patients considering TAVR are among those who may benefit from working with the palliative care team. Listen in.

 - what-advantage

Teams benefit when providers work at the top of their license, according to Disty Pearson, PA-C. By doing so, it leads to mutual trust and respect. Instead of serving as the “quarterback” of the team, physicians may serve in more of a coaching role. 

 - larry_s_dean

Larry S. Dean, MD, provides insight on the randomized SURTAVI trial, which was presented in a late-breaking session at the ACC scientific session. At two years, intermediate-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis had similar rates of all-cause mortality or disabling stroke whether they underwent TAVR or SAVR. Dean says the results confirm findings from the PARTNER IIA trial, which showed that TAVR can be effective in lower risk patients.

 - mary norine walsh

ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, discusses the origins of “nocturnists,” a term used for internal medicine physicians who are hospitalists, work only at night and cover cardiology patients. Walsh’s practice employs nocturnists and believes they are well-trained and effectively serve patients while reducing the burden of night call on cardiologists.

 - peter tilkemeier

With the implementation of the MACRA legislation and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Peter Tilkemeier, MD, says many physicians are dealing with the administrative burdens of medicine. He recommends cardiologists submit data to qualified clinical data registries to gain insight into how their practices are performing and meet a quality requirement for MACRA and MIPS. 

 - CardioMEMS

Medicare beneficiaries who received an implantable pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) sensor had a statistically significant 45 percent lower rate of heart failure hospitalizations and reduced costs at six months, according to a retrospective cohort study.

 - gregory_dehmer

On March 10, the ACC and other medical societies updated the terminology used in the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization in patients with stable ischemic heart disease. Gregory Dehmer, MD, notes the old methodology used “appropriate,” “uncertain” and “inappropriate,” whereas the new methodology uses “appropriate,” “may be appropriate” and “rarely appropriate.” Dehmer says the new terminology is a better fit for how cardiologists practice and discusses other changes in the updated AUC.

 - Disty Pearson

Today, 1.5 million to 2 million adults in the United States have congenital heart disease, which is more than the number of children with the condition. Disty Pearson, PA-C, discusses new congenital heart disease guidelines and accreditation programs for appropriate care. Although there is a lack of adult congenital heart disease cardiologists, she says physician assistants and nurse practitioners can help care for these patients, many of whom have comorbidities and neurocognitive issues.