Healthcare Economics & Policy

Montana offers the most favorable work environment for physicians in 2019, according to a new report from WalletHub that ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 18 different metrics.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a joint policy statement March 25 recommending a series of public health measures aimed at reducing children’s consumption of sugary beverages.

While accident victims in the U.S. are uniformly taken directly to the most advanced trauma center nearby, the protocols for where to shuttle stroke patients vary widely by state, according to a recent article by Stateline.

A woman who was on the hook for nearly $227,000 in medical bills after suffering a heart attack and other complications had her balance wiped out by a medical charity waiver, Kaiser Health News reported. But that didn’t save Debbie Moehnke and her husband, Larry, the stress of mounting medical bills and calls from debt collectors, and the story highlights how inconsistent billing practices could impact other patients.

Air pollution could be contributing to twice as many deaths as previously estimated, according to research published in the European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular disease often deals the final blow, with CVD events accounting for 40 to 80 percent of these deaths.

President Trump’s budget proposal for 2020 would negatively impact almost every institute at the NIH, including trimming the funding for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute by about $486 million.

Edwards Lifesciences has invested $35 million for an exclusive right to acquire Corvia Medical, which is engaged in a U.S. pivotal trial for its InterAtrial Shunt Device (IASD) to treat heart failure.

President Trump’s proposed “Budget for a Better America” for 2020 would cut Medicare spending by approximately $845 billion and Medicaid spending by approximately $241 billion over 10 years.

Addressing social determinants of health improves outcomes, possibly providing a return on investment. Margins matter, but it’s a long game, often driven by a sense of mission.

Receiving payments from industry influenced physicians’ device selection but not patient outcomes, according to researchers who analyzed three years of Open Payment Program data.

Even though the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) targeted principal heart failure admissions, a new analysis in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed readmissions also declined for patients with a secondary diagnosis of heart failure.

Following the news that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, plans to resign in about a month, the American Heart Association released a statement applauding Gottlieb’s efforts to curb the e-cigarette epidemic among the country’s youth.