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Sapien TAVR, CV surgeon report cards, and ethical responsibilities of cardiologistsJun 18, 2012 10:15 EDT
The FDA advisory panel's vote in favor of the Sapien TAVR system for high-risk operable patients is a big step forward toward better options for the elderly with aortic stenosis.
Also in the news, an intriguing commentary published in JACC—which argues that cardiologists should be ethically bound to refer to surgeons based on individual risk-adjusted cardiac surgery mortality data—calls into question the relationship between cardiologists and cardiac surgeons and simplifies the referral process.
Brown DL, Clarke S, Oakley J. Cardiac surgeon report cards, referral for cardiac surgery, and the ethical responsibilities of cardiologists. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012; 59:2378-2382. Abstract.
Shahian DM, Normand ST. Autonomy, beneficence, justice, and the limits of provider profiling. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012; 59:2383-2386. Abstract.