Nearly one in 10 patients who receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) end up back in the hospital with an unplanned readmission within 30 days, according to a study published online April 2 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. These readmissions are usually for noncardiac causes and heavily linked to a patient’s comorbidities and place of discharge, the researchers found.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Cardiologists earn an average of $423,000 annually, according to the 2018 Medscape Cardiologist Compensation Report, up from $410,000 in last year’s survey. That salary puts cardiology third among all specialties—behind only plastic surgery ($501,000) and orthopedics ($497,000).
The odds of stroke patients being transferred from one hospital to another more than doubled from 2006 to 2014. While this is good for patients who may need more advanced care than a small community or rural hospital can provide, it is also important to limit the number of unnecessary transfers, researchers said.
Apr 18, 2018 | Practice Management
At MedAxiom’s CV Transforum on April 12, Ginger Biesbrock and Jacob Turmell presented examples of how health systems around the country are reorganizing their care delivery models to boost patients’ access to services while improving care coordination and collaboration.
Apr 18, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A team of researchers from Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania are attempting to curb diabetes among their patient population with a program that treats healthy food like a prescription drug—and it has delivered strong early results.
Apr 17, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a position paper with recommendations for eliminating disparities between male and female physicians in terms of compensation and professional advancement.
Apr 13, 2018 | Practice Management
The epidemic of physician burnout has been well-documented, although many health systems are still struggling to foster a happier workforce. While gender-specific mechanisms for burnout have recently garnered attention, age-related differences have been less examined.
Apr 12, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Telemedicine has gathered momentum as a solution to improve convenience and access to healthcare. However, a careful parsing of the numbers is still necessary to determine whether telehealth is really reducing spending and providing adequate value, two physicians wrote in an opinion piece published April 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Apr 11, 2018 | Practice Management
Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who were referred to cardiac rehabilitation at hospital discharge had a 40 percent decreased risk of all-cause mortality within three years, according to a study published April 6 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Still, women and minorities were significantly less likely than white men to be referred to this crucial treatment plan.
Apr 02, 2018 | Practice Management
Non-clinical factors such as communication, personality and interactions with staff may be the keys to a high physician rating, according to a report that included almost seven million patient reviews and comments.
Mar 23, 2018 | Practice Management
As physicians continue working later in life, health systems are confronted with a complex problem: How do you protect patients from physicians who develop Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of cognitive impairment while not unfairly penalizing those who are still competent?
Mar 22, 2018 | Practice Management
Patient satisfaction and physician ratings are directly influenced by wait times before appointments, Vitals’ ninth annual wait time report suggests. Thirty percent of patients have walked out of an appointment due to a long wait, while 20 percent said they’ve changed doctors because of wait times.
Mar 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Linda Gates-Striby raised some eyebrows at the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Summit in February when, in one PowerPoint slide, she showed how much proper documentation and coding could affect a hospital’s quality measures, bottom line—and even a doctor’s reputation.
Mar 19, 2018 | Practice Management
One college dean is taking a new approach to attracting diverse talent to medical schools and fellowships across the country, and it’s one that involves taking a hard look at established prejudices and recognizing directors’ own biases.
Mar 16, 2018 | Practice Management
Avoidance and mixed signals have long plagued the palliative care discussion in cardiology, but that could be changing, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Nearly one in 10 patients who receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) end up back in the hospital with an unplanned readmission within 30 days, according to a study published online April 2 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. These readmissions are usually for noncardiac causes and heavily linked to a patient’s comorbidities and place of discharge, the researchers found.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Cardiologists earn an average of $423,000 annually, according to the 2018 Medscape Cardiologist Compensation Report, up from $410,000 in last year’s survey. That salary puts cardiology third among all specialties—behind only plastic surgery ($501,000) and orthopedics ($497,000).
The odds of stroke patients being transferred from one hospital to another more than doubled from 2006 to 2014. While this is good for patients who may need more advanced care than a small community or rural hospital can provide, it is also important to limit the number of unnecessary transfers, researchers said.
Apr 18, 2018 | Practice Management
At MedAxiom’s CV Transforum on April 12, Ginger Biesbrock and Jacob Turmell presented examples of how health systems around the country are reorganizing their care delivery models to boost patients’ access to services while improving care coordination and collaboration.
Apr 18, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A team of researchers from Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania are attempting to curb diabetes among their patient population with a program that treats healthy food like a prescription drug—and it has delivered strong early results.
Apr 17, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a position paper with recommendations for eliminating disparities between male and female physicians in terms of compensation and professional advancement.