News from the Anticoagulation Forum
March 2017
In this issue
March 28 Webinar * Conference rooms added  * UMichigan Survey
etc.talks video * CDC VTE Webinar * Facebook Link

Ticagrelor vs. Clopidogrel in Symptomatic 
Peripheral Artery Disease

Tuesday, March 28
2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time

Data suggests that patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease taking clopidogrel have a lower risk of cardiovascular events than those receiving aspirin. How does clopidogrel compare with ticagrelor in reducing major bleeding among these patients? Join us for this webinar where we'll discuss this research with the lead author, Dr. Will Hiatt from the University of Colorado.
You can read an abstract of the New England Journal of Medicine article  here.

AC Forum Webinars are free and open to all healthcare professionals.
Pre-registration is required.

14th National Conference in April 2017

Overflow Hotel Room Block Added

With rooms almost sold out at the JW Marriott for our national conference, AC Forum has added a block of hotel rooms at the Courtyard Los Angeles LA across the street.

Rates at the Courtyard are $261/night plus taxes and fees. To make a reservation for either the JW Marriott or Courtyard, go to

Held biennially, the AC Forum's national conference brings together over 900 physicians, pharmacists and nurses for presentations by leading experts in the field of anticoagulation. This year's conference will cover current topics as well as practical, evidence-based approaches to improve patient care. In addition to plenary sessions, the conference will include small master classes, a "meet the expert" breakfast, poster session and exhibitors.

Continuing education credit will be provided through the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine.

For more information and to register
Participants Needed for Survey on 
Anticoagulation Clinic Structure and Function

The Michigan Clinical Outcomes Research and Reporting Program (MCORRP) at the University of Michigan is conducting research to better understand how anticoagulation clinics/services are structured and function. Healthcare providers are asked to complete a 10-15 minute survey at the link below. Four $50 gift cards will be raffled off to survey respondents. A few respondents who are attending the AC Forum national conference will be invited for short follow-up interviews. Respondents who participate in an interview at the conference will receive a $50 gift card.

This survey is sponsored by Pfizer and endorsed by the Anticoagulation Forum. Questions can be directed to Dr. Geoffrey Barnes at

Access the survey here.

New etc.talks Video Now Available:
Treatment of VTE: Changing the Standard of Care

The AC Forum has launched the third in its series of etc.talks videos and accompanying discussion points on practical approaches and treatments of VTE and AFib.

The new 12-minute video,  "Treatment of VTE: Changing the Standard of Care," outlines the drug attributes of warfarin and DOACs and compares their efficacy and safety. It is presented by Elaine Hylek, MD, Boston University School of Medicine.

The etc.talks series stems from research published in the AC Forum's  Management of VTE: Clinical Guidance published in the  Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis in January 2016.
The videos are easily accessible from the AC Forum website and can be viewed at work, at home or on mobile devices. The discussion flyers - with summary points from the videos and discussion questions - can be downloaded from the site.

To watch all three of the videos and download the discussion points, visit
CDC Webinar: Prevention of VTE, The Johns Hopkins Collaborative Experience

The CDC's Division of Blood Disorders is presenting its next public health webinar on blood disorders on March 16, 2:00-3:00 pm (eastern). AC Forum board member Michael Streiff will present on the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism: The Johns Hopkins Collaborative Experience.

The Collaborative was formed to investigate strategies to improve VTE prevention performance. In the webinar Dr. Streiff will discuss the experience at Johns Hopkins, observed barriers and practical solutions for implementing quality improvement, and future directions for VTE prevention.

The webinar is free and open to public health professionals, clinicians and researchers. To register, please click here.
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