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Six healthcare organizations are joining forces with the goal of streamlining preapproval for patients’ medical treatments. The collaboration, they said, will give patients access to timely, affordable care while reducing administrative burdens for healthcare professionals, hospitals and insurance providers.

A meta-analysis of 29 studies and more than 6 million patients has added to a pile of evidence supporting medicine’s “weekend effect,” according to a study published in Medical Care’s February issue.

Physician compensation has increased across the board over the last five years but cardiologists’ pay has grown less than other specialties, according to SullivanCotter’s 2017 Physician Compensation and Productivity Survey.

The newly revised Declaration of Geneva, released in October, contains wording tweaks throughout but also entirely new clauses focused on patient autonomy and physician health.

    Fewer than one in six American patients undergoes cardiac rehabilitation after MI, PCI or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, and participation varies widely by state and region, a new study in Circulation found.


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    Collaborative initiative to address gaps in healthcare information

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a collaborative initiative to improve the organization and sharing of healthcare information.

    10 health systems seeking cardiology administrators

    Cardiology administrators have important work ahead of them as practices look to flourish financially and remain compliant during a transition to merit-based payment models.

    JAMA: Cardiac procedures among the 10 most unnecessary, overused treatments of 2016

    Overtreatment, overtesting and overdiagnosis were the themes of a JAMA: Internal Medicine review this month that explored 10 of the riskiest instances of medical overuse in 2016.

    Do the right thing—and save money—by addressing burnout

    Nobody wakes up hoping for a bad day. Nobody walks into work hoping things go wrong. Similarly, cardiologists don’t expect to experience burnout but many do. A fair share grow to hate their jobs, with cynicism and apathy overtaking a belief in doing good, depression deepens and debilitation and exhaustion become the norm.

    Better utilization of APPs could aid aging cardiology workforce, boost compensation

    Viet Le has talked with other physician assistants in cardiology who feel they are little more than “glorified scribes.” Early in his career, he felt confined to that role at times, too.

    10 takeaways from the past decade in women's cardiovascular care

    A newly published article in the Journal of Women’s Health by Pejman Raeisi-Giglou, DO, and colleagues examined advances in women’s cardiovascular care over the past 10 years, highlighting the most significant accomplishments and pointing out persisting gender gaps. 

    Investing in physician well-being pays off, reduces burnout by 20%

    Recognizing upfront costs are a barrier to healthcare organizations addressing physician burnout, a team of researchers attempted to quantify the return on investment (ROI) for programs to improve physician satisfaction.

    Is fasting before a lipid panel necessary?

    Consuming nothing but water for eight to 12 hours before a lipid panel has been common practice, but do patients really need to go hungry?

    AHA, ACC launch 'capstone' accreditation program for cardiovascular care

    Regional Hospital of Scranton (Pennsylvania) is the first hospital in the U.S. to receive the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation, the American Heart Association (AHA) announced.

    Quality improvement program boosts blood pressure control

    Primary care practices using a quality improvement program saw hypertension control rise from 65.6 percent to 74.8 percent over a six-month period.