Philips has reached an agreement with the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to build a €40 million cardiac care facility—the first such specialty hospital in the East African country.
May 24, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Once more expensive P2Y12 inhibitors hit the U.S. market, the percentage of patients not filling prescriptions for any P2Y12 inhibitor after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) increased from 6 percent to 19 percent, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine.
South Asians are more likely to die of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis, (ASCVD) than East Asians or people of European ancestry, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation on May 24.
May 23, 2018 | Practice Management
Pregnancy increases the risk of morbidity in women who exhibit cardiovascular disease (CVD). Complications in expecting mothers may be predicted by a risk index that integrates lesion-specific, delivery-of-care and generic variables.
Two hospitals in East Africa have announced participation in the American College of Cardiology’s CathPCI registry, which aims to assess treatments and outcomes related to cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs).
May 22, 2018 | Practice Management
Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System plans to soon offer DNA sequencing to 1,000 patients, with the goal of providing the service to all three million of its patients.
May 17, 2018 | Heart Failure
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston continues to tout itself as one of the top heart transplant centers in the country, even as quality measures lag well behind national averages.
May 17, 2018 | Practice Management
The American Heart Association, along with co-financers Philips and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), will provide $30 million in venture capital to fund heart disease and stroke innovation.
May 15, 2018 | Practice Management
An effective transition to skilled nursing facilities or home healthcare requires caregivers on both sides of the interaction to work together, which often doesn’t happen, according to the authors of an Annals of Internal Medicine web exclusive.
May 14, 2018 | Practice Management
A new review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology analyzed the intersection of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mental health disorders, highlighting the bidirectional interplay between conditions while offering alternative treatment strategies and warning against adverse drug interactions.
May 13, 2018 | Practice Management
In the world of value-based care and pay for performance, proper coding and documentation can raise the bottom line and ensure clinicians get credit for their work.
May 13, 2018 | Practice Management
With more communication training, cardiologists and their teams could improve their patients’ outcomes and quality of life while possibly reducing readmissions and physician burnout.
May 13, 2018 | Practice Management
When the prices of two generic medications skyrocketed, health systems worked to rein in costs while ensuring patients continued to receive high-quality care.
A four-step protocol designed to improve care for all patients who experience ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) also reduced gender-specific disparities in suboptimal care and clinical outcomes, Cleveland Clinic researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
May 08, 2018 | Practice Management
A former Bowling Green, Kentucky, cardiologist was sentenced to eight years in prison May 7 after pleading guilty to 31 counts of healthcare fraud, 14 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and one count of conspiring to distribute controlled substances that were not for a legitimate medical purpose.
May 08, 2018 | Practice Management
Some cardiovascular practices have begun using time value units (TVUs) to level the playing field between specialties and better account for non-relative value unit (RVU) activities that may still be important to care delivery.
May 07, 2018 | Heart Failure
The use of “virtual wards” may be helpful in preventing death and rehospitalizations for patients with congestive heart failure, according to a study published April 30 in PLOS One.
Transfer times to an endovascular therapy-capable hospital are an average of 20 minutes slower during nighttime hours at one hub-and-spoke stroke network, possibly leading to a lower likelihood of those patients receiving thrombectomy.
May 02, 2018 | Practice Management
Nearly 22 percent more physician specialty practices employed nurse practitioners or physician assistants in 2016 than they did in 2008, according to a research letter published April 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
May 01, 2018 | Heart Failure
Black Americans admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) with heart failure are 42 percent less likely to receive primary care from a cardiologist, which is associated with better survival odds for all patients.
With the opioid epidemic in full swing and many intravenous drug users likely to relapse and require even more challenging and expensive treatment, physicians are left to grapple with what to do about repeat cases of infective endocarditis.