Healthcare Economics & Policy

Cardiologists earn the fourth-most money of any medical specialty, according to Medscape’s 2019 physician compensation report, bringing in an average of $430,000 each year.

A study of nearly 900,000 patients with heart failure or cardiogenic shock revealed their race, insurance coverage and ZIP code were associated with their odds of receiving a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

Medtronic has struck a value-based agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in which the medical device company will pay back the insurer if patients using the Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system fail to keep their blood sugar levels within a specified range.

Dietary risk factors—such as consuming too much sodium or not enough whole grains and fruits—were responsible for 11 million deaths globally in 2017, according to a new analysis in The Lancet.

The actual cost of a heart attack or stroke to society is about double the direct medical costs when lost productivity for patients and caregivers is considered, according to a study published April 6 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Counties in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease than those in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, according to an abstract presented April 5 at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research scientific sessions.

With CMS just months away from an updated national coverage determination for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the relationship between procedural volume and TAVR outcomes remains important in the United States.

Colorado became the second state to pass legislation requiring surgical smoke evacuation systems at hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers on March 28, when Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law. Rhode Island passed a similar law in June 2018.

Diabetics enrolled in certain drug benefits plans through Cigna and Express Scripts could see their out-of-pocket costs for insulin capped at $25 per month, according to an April 3 announcement. But one diabetes advocate called the move "a stopgap at best" and said it doesn't address the larger issue of sky-high list prices.

The federal mandate that went into effect Jan. 1 requiring hospitals to post prices of their services online isn’t doing much good, according to the authors of an opinion piece published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Cardiology ranks seventh among all medical specialties with an average annual salary of about $454,000, according to Doximity’s 2019 compensation report.

CMS has proposed an update to its national coverage policy for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which would require hospitals to perform 50 aortic valve replacements each year to maintain a TAVR program—including at least 20 TAVRs.