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Medicare Panel Looks To Upcoming Study To Fill Evidence Gaps For Carotid Artery Disease

This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily

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There's a lot more to learn about which treatment to choose for carotid atherosclerosis patients, Medicare advisors said this week. A new trial in the works that would compare both surgery and stenting to standalone medical therapy presents a good opportunity to fill the gaps.

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