CHEST 2012

Day 1
Researchers Focus on Improving Quality of Life
Hundreds of new abstracts were published for CHEST 2012. Here are some of the highlights around the topic of “quality of life” as they relate to various disease states.
Cost a Major Concern at CHEST 2012
Cost has been front of mind for many researchers that have released new study data at CHEST 2012. Here are some of the highlights from the new research.
VIDEO: Robert Frantz, MD, Talks About Bloodstream Infection Rates
Robert Frantz, MD, FACC, Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, Mayo Clinic, discusses the rate of bloodstream infections in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension treated with Veletri. Dr Franz also talks about the PROSPECT registry analysis.
VIDEO: Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, Discusses Challenges in Reducing Readmission Rates
Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, Allegheny General Hospital, discusses the challenges in reducing 30-day readmission rates, specifically as they apply to congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and COPD. The biggest challenge is setting up a coordinated team care effort, says Dr Carlin.
Day 2
DETECT, PROSPECT, and REVEAL Aim to Improve Hypertension Care
The CHEST 2012 meeting features a number of newly published studies for a wide variety of disease states ranging from tuberculosis to lung disease. The following are highlights of hypertension abstracts.
VIDEO: Edward Zawada, MD, Discusses the Purpose of the Tele-Intensive Care Program
Edward Zawada, MD, MACP, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Medical Director, Intensivist Program, Medical Director, eICU Program, Avera Medical Group Nephrology, says that the Tele-Intensive Care Program provides the skill set required to care for critically ill patients.
VIDEO: Craig Lilly, MD, Addresses the Challenges of Implementing ICU Telemedicine
Craig Lilly, MD, Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Surgery, Director, UMass Memorial eICU Program, says that technologies must be integrated as well as embraced by the workforce.
Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Readmission Rates
The following are highlights of abstracts that focus on readmission rates, an increasingly important subject for hospitals that are subject to evolving rules and regulations as they relate to reimbursement.
Day 3
VIDEO: Robert Frantz, MD, FACC, Discusses Costs Associated With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Robert Frantz, MD, FACC, Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, Mayo Clinic, says that the issue of cost is an important factor in treating patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.
VIDEO: Jun Chiong, MD, Speaks About Readmission Rates for CHF, Pneumonia, and COPD
Jun Chiong, MD, MPH, FACC, FCCP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, states the US healthcare system does not utilize a team-based approach.
Lung Cancer Highlights: Early Detection and Long-Term Survival
As one might expect, lung cancer is one of the major focuses at each CHEST conference. The following are highlights from this year’s recently released abstracts and late-breaking studies.
Late-Breaking Research Focuses on Pulmonary Vascular Diseases
Although there have been a wide variety of disease states covered at this year’s CHEST conference, much of the focus has been on those under the umbrella of pulmonary vascular disease, such as pulmonary arterial hypertension and deep vein thrombosis. Here are some of the new study highlights related to pulmonary vascular disease.
Day 4
VIDEO: Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, Discusses Reimbursement Challenges in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, Allegheny General Hospital, states that there are many challenges in providing pulmonary rehabilitation to patients with chronic lung diseases.
Cardiovascular Disease Recap: Hospitalization, Prevalence, and Outcomes
Although there has been a concentrated focus on pulmonary vascular diseases at this year’s CHEST conference, there have also been a number of studies released that pertain to cardiovascular events, such as congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Here are some of the highlights in these areas.
VIDEO: Robert De Marco, MD, FCCP, Talks About Reimbursement in the ICU
Robert De Marco, MD, FCCP, Intensivist, Orlando Health, Dr. Phillips Hospital, says that a concern for reimbursement in the ICU is that many private physicians are becoming hospital employed. He says that convincing the hospital they need full-time critical care coverage is a difficult task even though it saves cost and cuts down length of stay and mortalities.
CHEST 2012 Slideshow
Check out photos from this year's conference in Atlanta, GA, which took place from October 20-25. The meeting was held at the Georgia World Congress Center, which sits between CNN headquarters and the Georgia Dome.