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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

University Hospitals’ cardiologists advocate for superior treatment with drug-coated balloons in JACC article

CLEVELAND – Facts are stubborn but the desire to ignore them in the face of evidence should be inexcusable.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) cardiology interventionalists authored a new article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) entitled, “Public Health Impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Decision on Pass-Through Add-On Payments for Drug-Coated Balloons,” (embargoed until March 5, 2 p.m.) that is critical of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recent decision to not pay for drug-coated balloons despite their clinical superiority.
The CMS decided to end transitional pass through (TPT) add-on payment for drug-coated balloons at the first of the year without creating a new payment classification for the devices.
The outpatient hospital TPT add-on payment program is specifically designed to support patient access to new technologies that meet stringent criteria pertaining to clinical effectiveness.

Monday, March 05, 2018

University Hospitals researchers uncover link between heart attacks and inflammatory bowel disease

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute researchers Muhammad Panhwar, MD, and Mahazarin Ginwalla, MD, recently concluded a study of more than 22 million patients that suggests a strong connection between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the development of heart disease and heart attacks.
The study, “Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” was unveiled at this year’s American College of Cardiology meeting in Orlando, Fla. The study was one of five featured at the meeting.
Inflammation has long been recognized as playing a key role in the development of heart disease. IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract - Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 3 million Americans have IBD, with 70,000 new cases emerging every year. While studies have shown a clear increased risk of heart disease in other chronic inflammatory conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, this link is unclear in patients with IBD.

Monday, March 05, 2018

University Hospitals Recruits Top Neuroscientist to Join Harrington Discovery Institute

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals has recruited Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD, one of the nation’s leading physician-scientists in the field of neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Pieper joins the Harrington Discovery Institute – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – at UH. Dr. Pieper also will be a faculty member of the Departments of Psychiatry at UH and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center as well as at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. 
At the Harrington Discovery Institute, Dr. Pieper will serve as Director of the Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation-Harrington Scholar Program, which seeks to advance treatments for Alzheimer’s In addition, Dr. Pieper will serve as co-Director of the Gund-Harrington Scholar program which is focused on accelerating the development of vision-restoring drug therapies. In this leadership capacity, Dr. Pieper will oversee the selection and progress of the ADDF-Harrington and Gund-Harrington grant awardees annually.

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