Dr. Paul Sorajja, Roger L. and Lynn C. Headrick Family Chair for Valve Science Research at MHIF’s Valve Science Center, was interviewed by MedPage Today recently regarding an approach to defining valve centers which was in response to a published consensus statement authored by a cohort of several medical societies.
“I believe centers of excellence should be defined more by outcomes with consideration of the case mix of morbidity and risk, rather than the breadth of procedures. The document focuses heavily on ‘what’ is offered by a center, rather than ‘how’ it is offered. It is the latter that matters most to patients,” he commented to MedPage Today.
“Quality initiatives to improve the care of patients with valvular heart disease are always important and welcomed. We do have to be mindful of the considerable heterogeneity of VHD and the therapies that are available, and binary definitions of centers have to be very carefully determined,” Sorajja cautioned.
Read the full MedPage Today article here: https://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/pci/79336
Read linked consensus paper in JACC here: http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/early/2019/04/03/j.jacc.2018.10.007