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Mar/Apr 2013

By: Candace Stuart

The clinical and business aspects of medicine traditionally have been seen as polar opposites, with MDs monitoring the health of the patient and MBAs taking the fiscal pulse of the institution. More and more, though, cardiologists have turned to additional education to become adept at both—a trend that broadens their opportunities and also may benefit peers and patients.

The second day on the job as chief of cardiology at the medical school at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Cam Patterson, MD, sat down with an administrator to review the budget. As he recalled, it had a large number at the top, lots of numbers in the middle and glaring red number at the bottom. What he inherited in 2005 was a $2 million deficit. While he was a highly skilled physician—a...

Features
 - Paperless
By: Jill Gormley
EHRs lighten administrative burden, but practices must roll out implementation carefully and anticipate bumps in the road.
Features
 - Diabetes
By: Justine Varieur Cadet
In November 2009, Cardiovascular Business asked if the much-anticipated FREEDOM trial would “set us free” by better informing decisions to treat high-risk diabetics with multivessel disease...
Features
 - Coronary CT
By: Candace Stuart
Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) made a splash in the mid-2000s with cardiologists and radiologists when it was shown to effectively detect coronary stenosis.
Features
 - Chest pain
By: Jill Gormley
Decreasing in-hospital cardiac morbidity and mortality is attainable and should be part of quality improvement efforts, researchers say.
Features
 - Aortic stenosis
By: Justine Varieur Cadet
Researchers evaluate how patient characteristics, procedural approach and devices impact transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) outcomes.
Editorial
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By: Candace Stuart
In this issue of Cardiovascular Business, we examine the growing trend of MD/MBAs. Traditionally, physicians who chose this path first earned their MD, practiced for several years and then pursued an...
Features
 - Repair
By: Dave Pearson
Cardiac imaging equipment doesn’t always pay for itself anymore. What should providers do about that aging suite?
Departments
 - John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
By: John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
The American College of Cardiology's (ACC) clinical resources, educational programming, patient education tools and a suite of hospital and outpatient registries are among the offerings that members...
Features
 - Richard C. Boothman, JD
By: Jill Gormley
An administrator and two cath lab directors share tips on how to preserve good will and restore a damaged reputation.

Trending Story

 - CandaceStuart

Last month it was renal denervation. This month it is transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Add to that revelations about devices approved for use in children for reasons to take pause.