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Physicians and patients have long awaited the next step beyond catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT). Could noninvasive stereotactic body radiation be that
breakthrough?

With 45 percent of today’s cardiologists older than 56 and a quarter of nurses who are planning to retire aiming to do so within the year, experts predict a workforce shortage will hit when the baby boomers are increasingly in need of care.

The entry of new players and dozens of potentially disruptive mergers and acquisitions are pushing healthcare in nontraditional directions, yielding opportunities for cardiologists to help shape the transformation.

When the prices of two generic medications skyrocketed, health systems worked to rein in costs while ensuring patients continued to receive high-quality care.

Sometimes the planets align. This time, it’s to the advantage of patients at risk of in-hospital cardiac arrest. While a study recently confirmed cardiac arrest survival rates fall significantly on nights and weekends, another study shows that a wearable defibrillator can help patients 24/7.

The size of cardiovascular studies is one factor forcing health systems and practices to consider the cloud for storage.

With more communication training, cardiologists and their teams could improve their patients’ outcomes and quality of life while possibly reducing readmissions and physician burnout.

Themed publications aren’t my thing. Maybe it’s an attention span problem or that my brain is brimming with questions I want to explore and stories I think we should write. Whatever the reason, I’m never the one suggesting a series of articles looking at a topic from several angles.

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.

By targeting inefficiencies, a quality improvement program led to gains of approximately five or more hours per day in cath lab time. The approach could work as a model for other practices.

Taking call is hardly a new burden for cardiologists, but emerging trends as well as evolving attitudes are taking some of the sting out of the obligation.

Program planners predict shared decision making (SDM) will be a hot topic when the American College of Cardiology (ACC) hosts its 2018 Scientific Session March 10-12 in Orlando. They’ve planned a two-part intensive, as well as several other sessions, around the subject.

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