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 - Doc with money

Not bad for starters. Depending on the subspecialty, newly minted cardiologists made between $189,000 and $360,000 in 2013.

 - Big Risk

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has a lower 30-day mortality rate than open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery in trials, but rates may not be as low in a real-world setting. Researchers who compared findings from a national clinical database against a recent trial believe the difference may be in the patient cohort’s pre-existing health status.

 - Decision

Most cardiologists who participated in an international web survey used angiography results to assess intermediate stenoses over requesting fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurements or other techniques, contrary to guidelines. This was the case even when resources were not an obstacle.

 - Medical Money

Market concentration may offer some efficiencies but that doesn’t guarantee savings. An analysis published in the Oct. 22/29 issue of JAMA found that insurers paid higher prices when physicians faced less competition.

 - health_costs

An accountable care organization (ACO) pilot failed to see reductions in discretionary spending for cardiovascular nonessentials, researchers found. The study published online Oct. 20 in Circulation noted that care did not diminish for those patients for whom procedures were essential, however.