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An exodus of baby boomer nurses from the U.S. workforce has already begun and will rapidly progress over the next few years, a recent survey indicates.

A recent survey suggests medical orders are commonly transmitted via text message even though the majority of respondents said their facilities have policies prohibiting the practice.

As medical technologies and research advance in the digital age, clinicians are faced with the field of “e-health,” a growing and shifting subset of the healthcare industry that’s opened up a wealth of opportunities to create more streamlined practices.

Cardiac biomarkers expert James L. Januzzi, MD, spoke with Cardiovascular Business about his latest research and where he sees biomarker testing heading in the next few years.

People with HIV and risk factors for heart disease and stroke are less likely to receive prescriptions for statins and aspirin than those without HIV, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

 

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'Open gym' approach shortens wait times for cardiac rehab

Longer wait times for initial cardiac rehabilitation sessions have been linked to decreased participation. Looking to mitigate this issue, Vanderbilt University researchers implemented a group enrollment and "open gym" format for rehab patients and studied its effect on wait times.

5 takeaways from ACC's response to MIPS updates

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released an official comment on Aug. 21 in response to proposed updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) established with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Here are five key takeaways from the 22-page statement.

Four hospitals meet CMS requirements for carotid artery stenting

One California hospital and three facilities on the East Coast have been approved to perform carotid artery stenting procedures by CMS.

Physicians propose eliminating CK-MB test to save costs, improve clinical practice

A popular cardiac biomarker test is now obsolete but continues to cost healthcare providers millions each year, according to a research article published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

MI readmissions—varying in cause, timing—require nuanced care

One in five who experience a myocardial infarction (MI) will be back in the hospital within a month. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic evaluated the risk of readmission cause by MI to understand when and why patients are at risk for readmission to control costs and improve care.

Racial gap narrowing in survival for in-hospital cardiac arrest

A cohort study of more than 100,000 patients suffering in-hospital cardiac arrest showed greater survival gains among black patients than whites.

Cardiologists top survey in average salary, signing bonus

A recent survey of nearly 2,000 physicians found cardiologists had the highest annual income, at an average of $364,000, edging out urologists and dermatologists. (Surgeons were not included.)

Cleveland Clinic named best cardiology hospital by U.S. News & World Report

For the 23rd consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic has been named the best U.S. hospital for adult cardiology and heart surgery in the hospital rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

Both short, long heart failure hospitalizations linked to higher readmission rates

If a patient is hospitalized for heart failure (HF), a short stay is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular and readmission and with lower rates of non-cardiovascular readmissions, according to a new study. Conversely, a long stay for HF is associated with increased rates of all types of readmissions and an increased risk of mortality.

MI more prevalent in heart patients after orthopedic surgery

New research suggests that the incidence of myocardial ischemia (MI) after a major orthopedic surgery among patients with cardiac risk factors is more likely.

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