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As healthcare shifts from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, practices are experimenting with different ways to measure physicians’ contributions to their practices. Will time value units (TVUs) one day replace relative value units (RVUs)?

With its potential to tap into a myriad of hospital services and departments, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is drawing interest from medical centers committed to improving the lives of their patients and bolstering the bottom line.

Improving the use of ICDs will involve discerning appropriate from inappropriate shocks, standardizing post-shock protocols and refining device programming.

Interest in Tc 99m PYP is growing as new therapies for cardiac amyloidosis show promise in late-stage clinical trials.

Troponin has become a widely accepted cardiac biomarker for myocardial infarction patients admitted to emergency rooms. But just how reliable is troponin in determining if a heart attack is really a heart attack?

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.

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