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Appropriateness Committee seeks to push ahead with new guidelines

By Beth Bales and Bryan Kay

It was a central plank of the presidential agenda set out by immediate past president Kim Hodgson, MD. And now the SVS Appropriateness Committee has targeted further development of the Society’s first set of Appropriate Use Criteria guidelines. The SVS defines appropriateness as “the expected health benefit exceeds the expected negative consequences by a sufficiently wide margin that the procedure is worth doing.”

Developing the appropriate use guidelines requires a commissioned literature. Appropriateness Committee chair Jeffrey Siracuse, MD, said: “Our goal for the year is to evaluate the review, finish the Writing Panel’s scenarios and to assemble the Rating Panel to review them for two rounds. As this process moves forward and develops, future topics will be considered.”