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To identify the most pressing topics for industry leaders, Cardiovascular Business spoke to course director Cathie Biga, MSN, RN, about the agenda for the 2018 American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Summit.

A team of healthcare professionals from the Cleveland Clinic detailed in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions how they improved efficiency in their cardiac catheterization lab, providing a potential blueprint for other practices.

Nearly a quarter of all emergency department (ED) visits in 2015 for U.S. patients older than 45 were made by diabetics, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

With the March 12 application date for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model approaching, Keely Macmillan—the general manager of BPCI Advanced at Archway Health—spoke with Cardiovascular Business about the program and what health systems should consider before participating.

Medical professionals from senior clinicians to nurse practitioners believe that practice variation needs to be reduced in the clinical setting, but they aren’t optimistic about change any time soon, research published in PLOS ONE this month suggests.


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Early discharge for low-risk pulmonary embolism patients linked to fewer complications, lower costs

Patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (LRPE) who were discharged from the hospital within two days had better clinical outcomes and resulted in cost savings when compared to those with longer stays, according to a study in PLOS One.

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.