- fraud

A cardiology group in New Jersey has agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle charges that it billed Medicare for tests and procedures that federal authorities considered to be unnecessary medically.

 - Surgery

Patients undergoing cardiac surgery who received remote ischemic preconditioning had a significant reduction in the rate of acute kidney injury and the use of renal replacement therapy, according to a multicenter, double-blind, randomized trial in Germany.

 - Pile of Money

For African-American adults, socioeconomic status plays a major role in predicting cardiovascular risk, according to a population-based study. Women in the lowest socioeconomic group were twice as likely as those in the highest group to have a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke.

 - Doc with money

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced on May 28 a new payment model to decrease cardiovascular risk for Medicare beneficiaries.

 - radiation sign

Operators performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures reduced radiation dose by 27 percent by modifying imaging settings. Using a lower setting didn’t affect screening time, procedure time, contrast use or procedural outcomes.