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Practice Management


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

Interventional cardiologists see heightened rates for cataracts

New research finds that interventional cardiologists run an increased risk of developing cataracts due to occupational exposures to radiation—and they need to make use of protective measures.

WVU names new chief of cardiology at WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

West Virginia University has promoted one of its own to chief of cardiology in its heart and vascular institute in the college’s medical school.

Prison populations more vulnerable to heart conditions

A new study by researchers at Yale and Drexel Universities explores the heart health problems associated with incarceration, in populations including those currently in prison and the released.

Boston Children’s, Cleveland Clinic team up to provide pediatric heart care

Boston Children’s Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic have teamed up to provide comprehensive pediatric heart services to patients on the Cleveland Clinic’s national network, a collection of cardiovascular care providers that contract services with employers and other payers.

ACC advocates for equal cardiovascular care for women, minorities

A new paper published by cardiovascular experts advocates for healthcare policy makers to ensure women and minorities receive the same high-quality care that men receive.

Food for thought

Cardiologists know that eating right combats cardiovascular disease—but having the time and knowledge to council patients on nutrition can be challenging. Nursing teams are challenged too. I remember a conversation with a cath lab nurse a couple of years ago when the Affordable Care Act brought a flood of newly insured patients into the system. She and her team were frustrated by the surge of patients, many of lower socioeconomics, whom did not know what eating healthy was.

Is now the time for tort reform? Cardiologists offer potential solutions

These days, the political establishment—in the United States and much of Europe—seems to be a little less established. Amid such upheaval, three prominent cardiologists are asking a simple question, “Is now the time to pursue tort reform?”

Study: Physicians miss early signs of heart disease more often than they should

New research points to evidence that general practitioners could be putting patients at a higher risk for severe cardiovascular outcomes by missing initial signs and symptoms for heart disease that could lead to an early diagnosis.

Shingles virus boosts risk for heart attack by 59% in Seoul study

A large, decade-long study of more than half a million individuals linked a history of shingles with increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

Opting for Outpatient: Specialty Clinics May Emerge as Hubs for Cardiovascular Care

As the U.S. transitions toward new payment models, healthcare organizations are rethinking how specialized postacute care clinics figure into efforts to improve patients’ outcomes and reduce costs.