UPDATE 1-US Medicare to cover Edwards Sapien heart valve

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mrsmhm wrote:

This article misrepresents the Sapien valve and undersattes its effect on improving patient outcomes and survival because it starts out talking about patients too sick to receive open-heart surgery (and these are the only patients the valve is currently FDA-approved for), while later in the article, outcomes are compared to patients that GET open-heart surgery. There are two sub-sets of patients here – eligible for surgery and not – and the author is inconsistent in explaining the patient subgroups, reimbursement, treatments options, and outcomes associated with each treatment.

May 02, 2012 9:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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