New research published in the European Heart Journal highlights how overall cerebrovascular disease deaths in Europe have declined. But that improvement has leveled off in some EU countries.
Sodium intake is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) only in communities where the average intake is more than five grams per day, according to an update of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study published in The Lancet.
A handful of startups are offering solutions for a growing healthcare need that isn’t going away: transporting elderly, frail patients to nonemergency medical appointments.
States that expanded eligibility for Medicaid in 2014 and 2015 saw an immediate uptick in Medicaid prescriptions filled for diabetes treatments, suggesting the legislation played a direct role in improving access and adherence to those drugs.
The FDA has approved migalastat, the first oral medication for the treatment of adults with Fabry disease, the agency announced Aug. 10.
Specifically, the kits provide prior authorization information for PCSK9 inhibitors to treat lipid disorders, direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention and angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors for heart failure treatment. Those three categories of drugs were commonly pinpointed as being “always” or “often” denied by insurance companies in surveys of providers.
On Aug. 9, the FDA expanded its list of valsartan products currently under recall to include other items that contain the active ingredient, which may be tainted with a carcinogenic impurity, manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited in India.
CMS proposed on Aug. 9 an overhaul to accountable care organizations (ACOs), which would require ACOs to more quickly assume financial risk. But critics predict the changes will cause a mass exodus from the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Physician assistants (PAs) specializing in cardiology earned a median base salary of $105,000 in 2017—equivalent to the median across all specialties, according to the 2018 Salary Report from the American Academy of PAs.
Joseph James Pappas, the accused gunman in the shooting of former president George H.W. Bush’s cardiologist Mark Hausknecht, MD, shot himself in the head after being confronted by law enforcement officers who were attempting to arrest him in Houston. He was formally charged with the murder of Hausknecht on Thursday, August 2.
A New Jersey cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology was sentenced July 31 to 20 months in prison for billing the Veterans Affairs (VA) program hundreds of thousands of dollars for services he never performed.
The salaries of cardiothoracic surgeons are increasing faster than any other specialty, according to the American Medical Group Association’s 2018 Compensation and Productivity Survey. Cardiothoracic surgeons pulled in a median of $734,299 over the past year, up from $690,000 the previous year and a 23.1 percent increase from 2015.
Healthcare advocacy groups expressed concern with the Trump administration’s final rule on short-term insurance plans, saying the decision to extend those limited plans for up to three years could destabilize other insurance markets and leave patients covered by such plans exposed to catastrophic costs.
CMS’s advisory committee appears to be split on whether procedural volume requirements should be required for centers to begin and maintain transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) programs.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 283 to 132, with 57 Democrats joining Republicans.
Invasive cardiologists ranked No. 1 of all subspecialties with an average starting salary of $590,000, according to Merritt Hawkins’ 2018 report. And that's just the base amount—more money can be earned with quality and productivity incentives.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Practice Management
Jul 24, 2018 | Practice Management
Some insurers are covering the costs of rides to the gym, specially prepared meals and telephone checkups for patients with chronic conditions hoping that these measures will help limit expensive trips to the hospital later on.
Practice Management, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Former President George H.W. Bush’s cardiologist was killed on July 20 in an apparent bicycle drive-by shooting near the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced the selection of Timothy W. Attebery, MBA, to serve as its chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Practice Management
Boston Scientific announced its acquisition of Santa Rosa, California-based Claret Medical in a transaction that includes $220 million upfront and an additional potential reimbursement-based milestone payment of up to $50 million. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
As CMS revisits the procedural volume requirements for centers to start and maintain a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program, several professional societies argued for direct TAVR experience to factor more strongly into the new standards.
Structural & Congenital Heart Disease, Healthcare Economics & Policy