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Patients want healthcare cost information, but price lists alone aren’t turning them into savvy shoppers.

The healthcare delivery environment continues to evolve, requiring clinicians and practice executives to seek solutions that will lead to a pathway of success.

Concierge cardiologists report high job satisfaction along with more stable practice revenue, but experts caution specialists to learn about the differences in practice models.   

As Cardiovascular Business enters its second decade, our team has been pondering what the magazine’s pre-teen and teen years will be like. Are we looking at dignified maturity or awkward adolescence? 

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.

 

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The SNF Test: Rethinking Discharge Decisions & Postacute Care Partnerships to Improve Outcomes

With the passage of MACRA and introduction of new reimbursement models, hospitals are analyzing the costs and benefits of sending patients to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

When Registries Aren’t Fast Enough: How Real-time Feedback Helps with Rapid Leaps & Hairpin Turns

When implementing new technologies, success sometimes hinges on how quickly and efficiently we collect, analyze and react to data.

Press for Success: Avoiding Insurance Denials for PCSK9 Inhibitors

The availability of a specialty drug doesn’t guarantee its accessibility, as cardiologists who try to prescribe PCSK9 inhibitors to their patients are learning. Insurers’ requirements for prior authorizations can create formidable barriers, but some providers have found ways to surmount them.

'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.)

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