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Providers who integrate remote care management (RCM) strategies into their post-discharge protocols will be well positioned as reimbursement transitions from fee for service to value based, an executive wrote April 4 in the Health Affairs blog. His hospital reduced congestive heart failure 30-day readmissions by 4 percent using RCM technology.

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The global cardiovascular information system (CVIS) market is on a growth trajectory, a market research company reported in April.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Providers need to stay ahead of the transition to ICD-10 because it will result in an increased burden to be more specific in documentation and require a deeper understanding of applicable codes, according to a March 29 presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—American College of Cardiology (ACC) President John Gordon Harold, MD, celebrated the work the college is doing to offer innovative technologies to improve communication and education in cardiology during his presidential address on March 29 at the ACC scientific session in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—As healthcare moves toward a more predictive, preventative and preemptive model, a variety of innovations from genomics to communication technology will make significant gains in cardiology, according to a presentation during the Opening Showcase on March 29 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session.

 

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Cardiovascular specialists make gains in e-prescribing

Cardiologists, like physicians in general, haven’t fully embraced e-prescribing but a study found the specialty is ahead of the pack in ownership and use of computerized prescription systems.

Smartphones help keep cholesterol in check

People who strive to be the picture of perfect health may find a helper in the form of their smartphones. Engineers have designed an accessory that uses a smartphone camera to measure cholesterol levels.

Billing code-based algorithm helps identify PAD cases

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic designed and validated an algorithm using billing codes that accurately identifies people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) in a community-based sample.

Docs see value in EHR-based quality improvement program

A trial program designed to incentivize the achievement of quality improvement goals in cardiovascular care received positive feedback from participating physicians, according to a report in the November issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Registry to collect data on youths’ heart-related deaths

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are building a registry to track sudden deaths in young people with heart-related conditions and epilepsy.

Should access to clinical data be expanded?

In order to ensure broader public access to clinical trial data, a system should be in place that provides the desired information while protecting patient privacy and the integrity of the data, according to a report published online Oct. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine

ICD-10: What you need to know

On Oct. 1, 2014, the ICD-10 system will replace the current ICD-9 codes. ICD-10 implementation will change the way coding is currently done and the code set will grow from 14,315 diagnosis codes to more than 69,099 codes. These changes will require a significant effort to implement the new system and this is the time to start preparations in your practice.

ACC webinar to explore data’s role in healthcare reform

The American College of Cardiology’s NCDR® ICD Registry™ and the Heart Rhythm Society will host a webinar on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on how to leverage the ICD Registry to measure and improve quality of care while simultaneously addressing physician needs for ABIM's Part IV Maintenance of Certification Program.

Adding pharmacist to web-based care still cost-effective

A web-based program for managing patients with high blood pressure that included a pharmacist component was cost-effective, according to a study published online Sept. 16 in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Telestroke programs may improve rates of tPA use

The use of telestroke consultations improved the rate of treatment with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-tPA) at community hospitals in patients who have had acute ischemic strokes, according to a study published in the October issue of Neurosurgery. The percentage of patients who received IV- tPA during the study period was significantly higher than the national average.

World Heart Federation: A healthy heart relies on your feet

The World Heart Federation wants men, women and children around the world to get up and start getting fit for World Heart Day on Sept. 29.  They are even launching a new app to help keep track of fitness goals. That’s because, according to a federation study, between 14 and 37 percent of adults in six countries are not aware of how much they walk every day.

EHRs may underestimate quality of care

There is good news and bad news for advocates of using EHRs to examine the quality of cholesterol management care. Researchers reported that it is feasible to measure the performance of providers who treat patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) based on EHR data, but the accuracy of the assessment is suspect.

Smart phone strategy: Reminder call helps control blood pressure

Better blood pressure control may be as simple as an automated telephone call.

Preparing for ICD-10

Are you ready to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014? Join the American College of Cardiology on Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. ET for a presentation on ICD-10-CM basics tailored to cardiology.

Hospitals make strides in data exchange but some aspects lag

Hospitals’ exchange of electronic health information to providers outside their organizations increased by 41 percent between 2008 and 2012, federal researchers report in the August issue of Health Affairs. But the sharing of clinical care summaries and medication lists is lagging.

Docs needn't split identities on social media

Can physicians be among the billion-plus social media users and still maintain their intact personal and professional boundaries?

Medtronic buys Cardiocom for $200M

Medtronic will pay $200 million to acquire a telehealth company whose products will be applied in the heart failure setting.

Apps & oranges: Tool tracks meals, payments to doctors

Worried about keeping track of gifts large and small under the Sunshine rule that kicks in Aug. 1? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now offers an app, one for physicians and one for industry, to help tally the score.

The changing face(book) of medical research

Is it time for the medical research community to friend Facebook? One research group’s experience with the social media tool suggested yes, but an accompanying editorial urged caution.

ACC webinar to explore documentation and coding

Has your practice adopted an EHR? On July 31 at 3 p.m. ET, the American College of Cardiology will host a webinar on documentation and coding. During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to review Evaluation and Management (E/M) documentation along with tips to help them understand documentation guidelines.