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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.

 

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