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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.

Peer-to-peer support benefits patients, but the model needs to change rapidly to keep up with treatment innovations.

“In a business that’s constantly changing, there are always areas for improvement,” said Cathleen Biga, RN, MSN, a member of the Cardiovascular Business editorial advisory board. Cathie shared the sentiment with my colleague Daniel Allar, who was interviewing her about the upcoming American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Summit that she co-directs and we’ll be attending.

Paying for call coverage isn’t always an option and, even when it is, sometimes it’s more bandage than cure. The priority should be addressing long-term physician satisfaction.

The days of physicians saying, “I want this” are fading fast, if not gone, in many locations, as hospitals restructure purchasing around committee decision making and formal processes.

The unrelenting growth of diabetes around the world is prompting cardiologists to rethink how they treat and manage a challenging patient population, even as an emerging class of cardio-protective diabetes drugs is setting the stage for transformation.

When third-grader Ava Rao was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it changed life for her whole family. Now a high school freshman, Ava and her dad, cardiologist Sunil V. Rao, MD, share their perspectives on the disease and hopes for the future. 

As Cardiovascular Business enters its second decade, our team has been pondering what the magazine’s pre-teen and teen years will be like. Are we looking at dignified maturity or awkward adolescence? 

Cardiologists are receiving more exposure to different imaging modalities during their fellowships, but their job prospects and training vary widely. A more comprehensive and multimodality training approach could lead to better results.  

Concierge cardiologists report high job satisfaction along with more stable practice revenue, but experts caution specialists to learn about the differences in practice models.   

Understanding risks, policy costs and potential value can help you decide whether to invest in cyber-liability insurance.

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