Healthcare Economics & Policy

A bill advancing through the California legislature seeks to remove soda, juice and chocolate milk as default options for kids’ meals and prevent them from being advertised alongside food marketed toward children.
Providers were just as likely to perform low-value coronary revascularizations after joining an accountable care organization (ACO), a new analysis found. Considering ACOs are designed to curb healthcare spending, these findings suggest their current setup doesn’t properly incentivize specialists to change their behavior.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shut down a $100 million study designed to settle the question over whether one alcoholic beverage per day is part of a heart-healthy diet.
A host of medical devices—including imaging equipment, pacemakers and electrocardiographs—are included in the list of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff beginning July 6, the U.S. government announced Friday.
An early discharge strategy with rivaroxaban reduces hospital lengths of stay and healthcare costs for patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (LRPE)—without compromising their safety—suggests a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.
Cardiologist Mario Motta, MD, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees on June 12, a position which will allow him to help shape the organization’s advocacy efforts.
Medical device company Stryker filed a claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday saying it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific on a potential takeover.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates pledged on June 11 to advance gender equity in medicine after multiple studies highlighted the wage gap and discrimination women physicians continue to face.
A Boston-area cardiologist and an advocate against nuclear weapons met with North Korean diplomats ahead of the 2018 United States-North Korea Summit in Singapore, reports WFXT, the FOX affiliate in Boston.
Boston Scientific said Monday it won't comment on reports rival medical device manufacturer Stryker made a takeover bid. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Stryker also stated it does not comment on potential mergers or acquisitions.
Anheuser-Busch InBev decided to pull funding from a long-term study of moderate alcohol intake and its effects on cardiovascular health after concerns were raised about the objectivity of the research.
Stryker approached Boston Scientific with a takeover bid on Monday, June 11, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The American Heart Association (AHA) expressed worry over the relatively flat rate of e-cigarette use among middle and high school students, saying the decline in tobacco use must continue before another generation becomes lifelong addicts.
Jun 07, 2018 | Practice Management
Risk adjustment models for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) used by CMS suggest a diagnosis of atherosclerosis is associated with about a 40 percent reduction in 30-day mortality for Medicare beneficiaries. Researchers found hospitals that provide more extensive cardiac care are more likely to report the condition, thereby skewing the risk models.
Physicians working in states that imposed damage caps for malpractice claims were less likely to perform invasive coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than colleagues in no-cap states, according to a new study in JAMA Cardiology.
Jun 06, 2018 | Heart Failure
The average hospital stay for pediatric patients requiring a ventricular assist device (VAD) spans nearly three months and costs $750,000, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Heart Failure, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Jun 01, 2018 | Practice Management
Two viewpoint pieces published May 30 in JAMA Cardiology focused on the inequities women face in cardiology, both in terms of compensation and discrimination.
Practice Management, Healthcare Economics & Policy
May 30, 2018 | Practice Management
Work-life balance is the chief determinant that leads internal medicine (IM) trainees to select cardiology as a career, according to a study published May 30 in JAMA Cardiology.
Practice Management, Healthcare Economics & Policy
May 30, 2018 | Hypertension
Hypertensive patients collect $1,920 more in annual healthcare expenditures compared to healthy individuals, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on May 30.
Hypertension, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Patients who required permanent pacemakers (PPMs) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) demonstrated lower survival rates and higher comorbidity burdens over a multiyear follow-up. However, they didn’t accumulate significantly greater healthcare costs, according to a study published online May 25 in JAMA Network Open.
Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia, Structural & Congenital Heart Disease, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Pfizer gave more than $10 million to a charity for heart patients while dramatically increasing the price of one of its antiarrhythmic drugs, deflecting costs from patients and leaving Medicare with a bigger bill, the U.S. Justice Department said in a May 24 settlement statement.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia