In this Issue
GUEST CHIEF MEDICAL EDITOR’S PAGE
By Bart Dolmatch, MD, FSIR
A brief summary of some of the changes in hemodialysis access over the past decade and what can be expected in the upcoming KDOQI guidelines.
By Charmaine E. Lok, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
A brief perspective on how health care economics will affect dialysis access in the United States.
By Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD
Ask the Experts: Where Do You See Percutaneous Arteriovenous Fistula Creation Fitting Into Practices in the Next Several Years?
Experts offer their outlook for the future of percutaneous arteriovenous fistula access creation.
With Sanford Altman, MD; Eric K. Peden, MD; Mark Turco, MD; and James F. McGuckin, Jr, MD
Expert observations aimed at improving quality of care and outcomes related to the use of peritoneal dialysis catheters.
By Peter B. Hathaway, MD
Ask the Experts: What Outcomes Will Foster or Stymie Adoption of Drug-Coated Balloons in AV Fistula Intervention?
Experts discuss how patency, cost-effectiveness, and reimbursement may impact if and when DCBs are used.
With Scott O. Trerotola, MD; Kate Steiner, BSc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR; Andrew Holden, MBChB, FRANZCR, EBIR; and Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD
Dr. Davidson provides his perspective on the dialysis access education landscape.
With Ingemar Davidson, MD, PhD, FACS
FEATURED TECHNOLOGYSponsored by AV Medical Technologies Inc.
PTA and injection. Combined.
With Jeffrey G. Hoggard, MD; John A. Kaufman, MD; and John R. Ross, MD
FEATURED PROGRAM AND TECHNOLOGYSponsored by Philips Volcano
The third in a four-part series discussing office-based labs (OBLs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) from the perspective of three physicians. This article explores the business operations in an OBL and ASC environment and strategies how to grow the business. Previous articles included OBL development, key issues and lessons learned, and a clinical overview of therapies and devices in the OBL. The final article will focus on trends and predictions for the OBL future.
With Donald S. Cross, MD, FACC; Alberto Gonzalez, MD, FACS; and Kenneth J. Wright, MD, FACS
A panel of experts addresses how and why clinicians today are increasingly reaching for IVUS during AV access evaluations.
With Bart Dolmatch, MD; Rick de Graaf, MD, PhD; Jeffrey E. Hull, MD; and Edward Pavillard, MD
CODING & REIMBURSEMENT
A review of the new codes, new definitions, general instructions for the code set, and nuances of the new codes as illustrated by coding scenarios.
By Katharine L. Krol, MD, FSIR, FACR
INTERVENTIONAL OUTREACH INITIATIVES
Founders of the Interventional Initiative discuss the goals and challenges of the organization and how they are attempting to bring MIIPs to the forefront of the health care system.
With Isabel Newton, MD, PhD; and Susan Jackson, MBA, RT(R)(CV)
Dr. Zhou offers insights on a variety of vascular topics, including the use of a brain structural connectivity graph for treatment selection and the impact of embolic infarct volume on cognitive changes.