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 - healthcare cost
Heart failure stands out for costly readmissions
Apr 25, 2014 - Congestive heart failure topped the list for 30-day readmissions of Medicare beneficiaries in 2011 and ranked among the top 10 high-volume conditions for two other payer categories in an analysis released in April.
 - Emergency
High readmission rates? Look at location, not hospital
Apr 25, 2014 - Location, location, location. Almost 60 percent of variation in hospital readmissions may be attributed to the county where a hospital resides, according to a study published online April 9 in Health Services Research. The findings challenge Medicare’s use of financial...
 - Structural Heart, severe aortic stenosis, heart valve
Radiotracer acts as marker, predictor in aortic stenosis
Apr 25, 2014 - The radiotracer 18F-sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) serves as a biomarker of calcification activity in patients with aortic stenosis and may predict disease progression, according to a study published in the March issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.
 - staff
Many sentinel events linked to human factors
Apr 25, 2014 - Human factor issues were the most often cited root cause of sentinel events for three straight years, according to a review presented April 15 by the Joint Commission. Human factors also topped the list for operative/postoperative complications, radiation overdose and equipment-...
 - San Francisco
HRS.14: Latest tech, case management & many attendees
Apr 25, 2014 - Preregistration attendance for Heart Rhythm Society 2014 has increased significantly compared with last year in all demographic categories, said John D. Day, MD, chair of the scientific session program committee, with notable bumps in international physicians and allied professionals...
 - transradial, wrist
Radial PCI learning curve ranges from 30 to 50 cases in U.S.
Apr 25, 2014 - The learning curve for transradial PCI in the U.S. is “relatively shallow” and similar to that for operators outside the U.S., according to an analysis of CathPCI Registry data that was published online April 22 in Circulation.