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A Question of Incentive: Will Bundles Give Cardiac Rehab a Boost?

A plan for increasing use of cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab, or CR) was a few months short of launch when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tapped the brakes.  

FDA approves wearable ECG sensor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Cardiac Insight’s wearable electrocardiogram sensor, a device that provides physicians with immediate access to improved reporting and analysis of heartbeat data.

Tool that designs personalized workouts for individuals could reduce heart disease

In an effort to reduce and prevent the incidence of heart disease, researchers in Europe have developed a new tool that designs personalized workouts for patients at risk or living with the condition.

Biotronik releases smallest MR-conditional tachycardia lead in U.S.

Biomedical technology company Biotronik has launched the smallest MR-conditional tachycardia lead available in the U.S.

Florida hospital becomes first in region to offer world’s smallest pacemaker

Leesburg Regional Medical Center is the first medical center in Central Florida to offer the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, the world’s smallest pacemaker that treats bradycardia.

Minnesota health system begins using paperclip-sized heart monitor

Essentia Health, a health system based in Duluth, Minnesota, has begun using a new monitoring device in patients with heart disease, reports an ABC affiliate in Minnesota.

Artificial intelligence increases adherence to anticoagulation therapy

Adults recently diagnosed with an ischemic stroke who used an artificial intelligence (AI) platform on their mobile devices had a 50 percent improvement in adherence to their anticoagulation therapy, according to a randomized trial.

Vascular Dynamics raises $10.4 million to develop hypertension treatment tool

Medical device company Vascular Dynamics has raised $10.4 million in financing, which will help research and development of a product to treat hypertension.

Biotronik releases smaller, lighter, MR-conditional pacemakers

Germany-based Biotronik has launched its smallest and lightest set of heart pacemakers, branded the Edora series, which specialize in patient safety, therapy and comfort while being MR-conditional.

Lightening the Load: Registries Reduce MIPS Reporting Burden

With the launch of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), hundreds of thousands of U.S. clinicians will face new reporting requirements. Participation in a registry, a familiar quality improvement activity for many cardiology programs, could provide a solution.     

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