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 - ACO

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. residents live near accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to an Oliver Wyman report released this month. There are now 585 ACOs, an increase from 522 in 2014 and 258 in 2013.

 - Court - Law

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by three cardiologists against a hospital in Texas ended in a $21.75 million settlement. The Department of Justice (DoJ), which took over the case, charged the hospital with improperly compensating cardiologists.

 - American Heart Association

Older adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) should be physically active and should control heart disease risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking, according to an American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement released on April 20.

 - Courtroom

A cardiologist accused in a murder-for-hire scheme entered a plea of not guilty on April 15. The police filed charges, which included allegations of illegal prescriptions, arson, weapons stashed behind a sliding bookcase and a plot to murder a fellow cardiologist, after they searched his home in Sand Points, N.Y.

 - guns

Guns, drugs, arson and a plot to murder a fellow cardiologist: That is the list of offenses police have charged against a cardiologist in New York after agents searched his home in Sand Points, N.Y.


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Quality metrics not always based on evidence, peer-reviewed methods

With a shift toward value-based purchasing, quality measurements are becoming more popular and prevalent. However, some of the quality measures have been introduced without enough evidence to validate their effectiveness, according to an analysis.


Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Singulex settle kickback suits for $48.5M

Health Diagnostics Laboratory will pay $47 million and Singulex Inc. $1.5 million to settle allegations that the cardiovascular disease testing laboratories violated the False Claims Act.

Lipid traits may partly explain CAD risk with shortness

Researchers looking for the long and short of the association between height and coronary artery disease (CAD) zeroed in on lipid profiles in a genetic study published online April 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Hospitalization rates differ depending on antiarrhythmic drug use

A claims database analysis of patients with atrial fibrillation  who were prescribed an antiarrhythmic drug found that those who took amiodarone had the lowest risk of hospitalization. Meanwhile, patients who received dronedarone had the highest risk of being hospitalized.

400K more young adults qualify for statins under pediatric guideline

More than 400,000 adolescents would be eligible to receive statins if providers adopted pediatric guidelines instead of adult guidelines, according to a cross-sectional analysis.

Medtronic settles whistleblower suit for $4.4M

Medtronic will pay $4.4 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company sold cardiac and surgical products made in China and Malaysia to federal agencies in violation of the Trade Agreements Act.

Global cardiovascular deaths increase more than 40% since 1990

Between 1990 and 2013, cardiovascular death rates increased by 40.8 percent despite a 39.3 percent decrease in age-specific death rates, according to an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease study.

Practicing patchless

A temporary patch that delayed cuts in Medicare reimbursement expired on April 1, threatening to take a bite from fees paid to physicians. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services saved the day—for you, perhaps, but maybe even more for the Senate.

Heart failure disease management model does not outshine usual care

Multisite patient-centered disease management may not be able to compete with the level of care patients already receive at Veterans Affairs medical centers. At one year, cardiomyopathy scores for heart failure patients in an intervention arm were no better than those getting usual care.

AHA calls for changes to Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

In a recent report, the American Hospital Association expressed concerns with the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, which penalizes hospitals when some patients are readmitted.

The C-suite spot: More physicians step in as hospital leaders

As healthcare evolves into a more value-based system, physicians are increasingly taking the reins as leaders within healthcare systems, using their clinical background to direct stronger patient-centric care.

It’s Not Our Founding Fathers’ Cath Lab

At the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ (SCAI) Leadership Boot Camp, catheterization laboratory teams will learn skills they need to thrive while tackling high-pressure, high-stakes challenges.

Adulthood plaque risks increased in children with parents who smoked

Parents who smoke are increasing their children’s risk for carotid atherosclerosis, found one study published online March 23 in Circulation. Researchers noted while markers remained, those who practiced good hygiene and avoided their children when smoking reduced some of that risk.

Tapping into today's tech: When patients record doctor visits

Is it providence or paranoia? While numbers are hard to acquire on prevalence, an article published online March 12 in JAMA explored the potential benefits and pitfalls of patients recording what their physician says without the doctor's knowledge.

From interactive (ACC) to inactive (SGR)

We are nearing the end of March. That means one big event is behind us and another looms.

Patients often confuse acute MI, other conditions in self-reports

Researchers looking into patient-reported and medically recorded MI found significant discordance between them, with telling differences. Patients who self-report acute MI may have a doubled mortality risk, even if their records say they have no history of a heart attack. 

ACC.15: How 3 trials inform adult congenital heart disease practices

Ami Bhatt, MD, co-director of the adult congenital heart disease program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, shared her thoughts with Cardiovascular Business about sessions at the American College of Cardiology’s scientific session that she considered most exciting.

ACC.15: PCSK9 inhibitor appears to improve outcomes

The human monoclonal antibody evolocumab plus standard therapy not only lowered low-density lipoprotein cholesterol but it also cut the rate of cardiovascular events by about half compared with standard therapy alone, according to results presented March 15 at the American College of Cardiology scientific session.

ACC.15: Get to know Medtronic

Heading into ACC.15, Medtronic's Mike Coyle, executive vice president, cardiac and vascular group, talked about what Medtronic the industry and Medtronic's focus at the conference.

Quantum conferencing

An electron can be in two places at once, and now, in a sense, we can, too.