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 an era of generic statins, the cost-effectiveness of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scans in patients at risk of coronary heart disease may come down to preference. An analysis published online March 11 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found no advantage in scenarios where statins were inexpensive and considered easy to use.
While the sensitivity of vessel criteria for identifying patients with pulmonary hypertension offers high sensitivity, the specificity may be too low for routine use in a clinical patient population, according to a study published in the April issue of Academic Radiology.
Cardiologist, jazz musician and arts advocate David J. Skorton, MD, will take over as the head of the Smithsonian Institution in 2015, making him the first physician to head up the venerable organization.