News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: Screening

Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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5 key takeaways from new ACC/AHA aortic disease guidelines

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) have released new guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with aortic disease. The in-depth document, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, covers a variety of topics, including thoracic aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, shared decision-making and cardiac imaging.[1]

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2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

For the 20th year, AHRQ is reporting on healthcare quality and disparities. The annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is mandated by Congress to provide a comprehensive overview of the quality of healthcare received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups. The report is produced with the help of an Interagency Work Group led by AHRQ.

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2022 ACC ECDP on Integrating ASCVD and Multimorbidity Treatment

The American College of Cardiology has published a new guidance document focused on the treatment of patients who present with hyperlipidemia and multiple chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and atrial fibrillation:

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AHRQ request information on best care for persons with multiple chronic conditions

On September 16th, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking public comment about comprehensive, longitudinal, person-centered care planning for people at risk for or living with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC). We encourage you or others in your organization to review the RFI and submit comments. We also encourage you to share this information with others in your network. Comments can be submitted until November 15, 2022.

Specifically, the RFI seeks comment on the current state of comprehensive, longitudinal, person-centered care planning for people at risk for or living with MCC across settings of care (e.g., health systems, primary care, home, and other ambulatory practices), including:

  • Existing models of person-centered care planning, their current scale, and barriers and facilitators to implementation. 
  • Innovative models of care, approaches, promising strategies, and solutions in order for clinicians and practices to routinely engage in person-centered care planning.
  • Evidence for effectiveness of strategies for implementation and delivery of person-centered care planning, their impact on improving health outcomes, as well as evidence on how to adapt, scale, and spread the intervention.

'Conservative' USPSTF Primary Prevention Statin Guidance Finalized

Questions about how to prescribe statins for primary prevention abound more than three decades after the drugs swept into clinical practice to become a first-line medical approach to cutting cardiovascular (CV) risk.

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Panelists review ADA criteria for defining ‘remission’ in type 2 diabetes

In 2021, an international expert group convened by the ADA published a consensus report on the clinical definition of “remission” in type 2 diabetes.
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Cardiovascular-related deaths in the U.S. fall, but disparities remain

Findings support personalized public health interventions to help close gaps.

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HF ‘most expensive’ comorbidity, exceeding $22 billion per year

An additional $22.3 billion is spent nationally on HF-related medical services each year, with the total annual expenditure for adults with HF approaching $180 billion, according to an analysis of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of people nationwide by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.

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