- Surgery

Patients undergoing cardiac operations or hip or knee arthroplasties who received a bundled intervention had a reduction in Staphylococcus aureus surgical site infections, according to a study of 20 hospitals in nine states.

 - plaque

Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) may allow cardiologists to assess the progression or regression of plaque in asymptomatic patients at low to moderate risk who are treated with statins, according to a study published in Radiology on June 2. The study also shed light on predictors of noncalcified plaque.

 - Medicare_Provider

Medicare beneficiaries who were hospitalized for heart failure were less likely to be readmitted within 30 days if they were referred to hospice care, according to an analysis of data from Alabama hospitals. Within six months of hospital discharge, most of the patients who had died were not referred to receive hospice care.



 - value

Only a few years ago, many cardiovascular service lines focused on infrastructure and alignment. Some progressive programs now have taken it to the next level, using those foundations to provide value. On June 10-12, they will share strategies at MedAxiom’s annual symposium.

 - hospitalist and patient

Nearly one-third of patients who were hospitalized with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction died during a follow-up period of 49.5 months, according to a randomized study.