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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.


Recent Headlines

'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.