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October 2019

Joint Commission posts new CCC Certification measure implementation guide

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 11 announced that it had posted a new version of the Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification program’s standardized measures implementation guide on its website with updated measure specifications. Beginning January 1, 2020, data collection on five new inpatient performance measures will be mandatory…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2019
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9/11 World Trade Center exposure linked to long-term CVD risk in firefighters

Editor's Note In this study, a significant association was found between exposure to World Trade Center dust and long-term cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in firefighters. Of 9,796 firefighters analyzed, those who arrived first at the World Trade Center when dust was the thickest were found to have a 44% increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2019
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Joint Commission announces new Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification performance measures

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on August 28 announced five new inpatient performance measures for the Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification program, which will be effective January 1, 2020. Data collection for the measures will be mandatory for currently certified programs and organizations seeking initial certification. In addition to the mandatory…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2019
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Machine learning algorithm predicts bleeding during CABG surgery

Editor's Note A machine learning algorithm based on data from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry accurately identified patients at risk for bleeding during or after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, the August 23 Health IT Analytics reports. Researchers developed the platform using a risk spectrum…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2019
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ASC Manager Issue 2

Healthcare providers have seen a steady stream of inpatient-only procedures migrate to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) over the past few years. Medicare is reimbursing an increasing number of procedures performed in the outpatient setting, many of them cardiovascular in nature. This issue of ASC Manager explores the development of a…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2019
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Cardiothoracic surgery patients at high risk for postop opioid dependence

Editor's Note This study finds that the amount of opioids prescribed for patients after cardiothoracic surgery has a direct relationship with the risk for opioid dependence and persistent opioid use several months after surgery. Of nearly 25,000 opioid-naïve Medicare patients analyzed, 15.7% of patients who had lung surgery and 12.5%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on August 22 identified the recall by Edwards Lifesciences of all lots of its SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The delivery system is part of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve System. The recall was initiated…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Ellipse Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on August 5 identified the recall by Abbott (formerly St Jude Medical Inc) of its Ellipse Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because electrical failures have been identified that are due to a faulty manufacturing process…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 5, 2019
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US News publishes 2019-2020 top hospitals list

Editor's Note The US News & World Report on July 30 released its 2019-2020 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The top five are: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Cleveland Clinic New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia and Cornell, New York City. In the specialty rankings: University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2019
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Study debunks ‘July Effect’ in cardiac surgery

Editor's Note The “July Effect”−the idea that more errors occur in July because of the influx of new interns and residents starting their in-hospital training−does not apply to cardiac surgery, this study finds. For more than 470,000 cardiac procedures analyzed (coronary bypass, aortic valve, mitral valve, thoracic aortic aneurysm), in-hospital…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2019
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