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Mitral Regurgitation Treatment: COAPT vs. MITRA-FR Trials

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A recent letter in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Tan, Pereira Nunes, 74 (14)) underscores the diagnostic challenges associated with functional mitral regurgitation and the importance of an integrated approach to interpretation of the COAPT and MITRA-FR trials when determining the course of treatment for patients with functional mitral valve regurgitation.

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The Evolution Of CardioOncology

Evolution Of CardioOncology

The inaugural issue of the American College of Cardiology’s journal JACC: CardioOncology was released last week, underscoring both the evolution and the importance of cardiovascular health in the cancer patient population. Anti-cancer agents such as angiogenesis inhibitors and pro-inflammatory cytokines can cause beneficial effects against cancer, but deleterious effects on the heart and vessels. Improved…

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Knowledge to Practice Appoints Successful Healthcare Entrepreneur to Its Board of Directors and Recruits Top Product Strategy Executive

Bethesda, MD – February 27, 2019 – Knowledge to Practice (K2P), a leading provider of personalized, competency-based lifelong learning for practicing physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems, today announced that Anthony Sanzo, CEO and Board Chairman of Net Health, has been elected to K2P’s board of directors and Kara Sasse, product strategist known for leading organic…

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A Case for Quantity When Measuring Quality

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The quality of a physician’s work is now often evaluated in metrics and data. Seventeen years ago, the Institute of Medicine issued a call to arms to Cross the Quality Chasm that opened the floodgates for thousands of measures, from government rules to hospital guidelines and consumer evaluations. As healthcare has become more complex, the…

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How (and Why) to Keep up with Emerging Medicine

Staying on top of emerging medicine is vital for providing the best care to patients and has multiple benefits for physicians. For patients, the benefits are obvious. Medical knowledge is constantly changing, and frequently, practices that were once considered “best practice” are now overturned by new clinical trials. For physicians, those who keep actively learning…

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Tackling the Problem of Misdiagnosis

If you’ve been attending conferences and reading journals lately, you already know that there’s a lot of buzz about improving diagnosis in health care. In fact, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) most recent installment in the Quality Chasm series is “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” Although data on misdiagnosis is fairly sparse, the best estimate…

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Common Education Improves Physician Communication

Physician Communication During Handoffs

Patient handoffs are a major source of anxiety for physicians, and with good reason. The handoff is one of the most dangerous periods during an episode of care. Nearly two-thirds of the most serious preventable medical errors are due to communication failures, especially during handoffs. To improve handoffs (and patient care in general) many organizations…

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Three Tips for Chief Residents and Fellows

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Chiefs play a vital role in ensuring that residents and fellows are performing at a high level and providing good care to patients. A recent study on remediating struggling residents found that the chief resident was often the first person to notice a resident’s problem behavior (84% of the time). Since residents and fellows often…

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