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Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry Is A Model For Medical Device Innovation And Surveillance

Author: John D. Carroll, Jeff Shuren, Tamara Syrek Jensen, John Hernandez, David Holmes, Danica Marinac-Dabic, Fred H. Edwards, Bram D. Zuckerman, Larry L. Wood, Richard E. Kuntz, Michael J. Mack
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Heart valve diseases are increasingly prevalent, especially in people older than age seventy. Many of these elderly people have other comorbid conditions, making them poor candidates for surgical treatment of heart valve diseases. Since 2011 such patients have been eligible to receive new nonsurgical heart valve treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and covered by Medicare. This article examines the Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry, which captures clinical information on all US patients undergoing new nonsurgical heart valve treatments. The registry has patient-level data from more than 27,000 patients treated with the novel devices. Patient- and procedure-related data are gathered from hospitals, patient-reported outcomes are assessed pre- and postprocedure, and longer-term data on mortality and repeat hospitalization are provided by linking the registry’s data to Medicare patient data. The registry is a model of collaboration among professional societies, the FDA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals, patients, and the medical device industry. It has been used to support Medicare coverage decisions, expand device indications, provide comprehensive device surveillance, and establish national quality benchmarks. Beyond having it serve as a collaborative model, future goals for the registry include shortening the FDA-approval timeline for devices, providing data for decision-making tools for patients, and public reporting of hospital performance.

Heart valve diseases are increasingly prevalent, especially in people older than age seventy. Many of these elderly people have other comorbid conditions, making them poor candidates for surgical treatment of heart valve diseases. Since 2011 such patients have been eligible to receive new nonsurgical heart valve treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and covered by Medicare. This article examines the Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry, which captures clinical information on all US patients undergoing new nonsurgical heart valve treatments. The registry has patient-level data from more than 27,000 patients treated with the novel devices. Patient- and procedure-related data are gathered from hospitals, patient-reported outcomes are assessed pre- and postprocedure, and longer-term data on mortality and repeat hospitalization are provided by linking the registry’s data to Medicare patient data. The registry is a model of collaboration among professional societies, the FDA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals, patients, and the medical device industry. It has been used to support Medicare coverage decisions, expand device indications, provide comprehensive device surveillance, and establish national quality benchmarks. Beyond having it serve as a collaborative model, future goals for the registry include shortening the FDA-approval timeline for devices, providing data for decision-making tools for patients, and public reporting of hospital performance.

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