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September/October 2017

Questions have swirled around the value of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients whose quality of life has suffered from chronic total occlusion (CTO). Inevitably, another issue has arisen: which cath labs and operators should be undertaking these difficult and costly procedures?

For many veterans of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery who continue to experience angina, a trip to their cardiologist often comes with grim news. Beyond medical therapy, they are told, little can be done to help them, that opening their totally occluded arteries would be too risky and the chance of success too uncertain to justify relieving symptoms that are not really life-threatening. No wonder CTO PCI accounts for just 3.8 percent of the total PCI volume for stable coronary...

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With the passage of MACRA and introduction of new reimbursement models, hospitals are analyzing the costs and benefits of sending patients to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
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Recent medical group compensation and productivity data surveys fielded by AMGA suggest trends for practices to watch.
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Pediatric cardiologists say they can use telemedicine to improve patient care and ease the burden on patients’ families. But with the costs of these programs stretching into the hundreds of...
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