Healthcare Economics & Policy

It takes emergency medical services (EMS) almost four minutes longer to transport cardiac arrest patients from poor neighborhoods to the hospital versus those from high-income neighborhoods, according to a study of 2014 United States EMS data published in JAMA Network Open.

Using a biomarker target to guide the treatment of patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) resulted in higher healthcare costs without significant improvements in quality of life compared to standard treatment, according to an analysis from the GUIDE-IT study.

A possible deal between controversial e-cigarette company Juul and tobacco giant Altria could be a matter of weeks away, the Wall Street Journal reported in late November—and Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, isn’t pleased at the prospect.

Industry payments to cardiologists remained largely stable in the first three years those payments were made publicly available, a new analysis found, with biomedical manufacturers distributing about $520 million to more than 30,000 U.S. cardiologists from 2014 to 2016.

Hospitals ranked highest for cardiology and heart surgery by the U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) boast lower 30-day mortality rates for acute MI, heart failure and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), according to research published in JAMA Cardiology—but those same hospitals also see similar or higher readmission rates compared with hospitals that aren't ranked at all.

Infrastructure requirements and changing policy are the top barriers to speeding the adoption of value-based care, according to a survey of healthcare executives, clinical leaders and clinicians conducted by NEJM Catalyst.

Smoke-free policies in public places like bars and restaurants were linked to lower systolic blood pressures (SBPs) among participants from the longitudinal CARDIA study, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Almost 1 in 5 patients are rehospitalized within 30 days of undergoing catheter ablation of MI-associated ventricular tachycardia (VT), according to a study from the Nationwide Readmissions Database. These patients rack up 38.9 percent higher cumulative hospital costs than those who aren’t readmitted, researchers reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

A Michigan-based hospital system rejected a patient's request for a heart transplant with the suggestion she fundraise $10,000 to pay for medications, touching off a debate about Medicare for all and the costs of American healthcare in general.

Sales representatives from medical device companies can provide training and expertise on the latest implantable gadgets but may also be encouraged to upsell physicians on the newest, most expensive products, according to a Nov. 23 article in NPR.

The FDA is backing a new “qualified health claim” that oils high in oleic acid can help improve cholesterol levels and protect against coronary heart disease, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced Nov. 19.

Despite recent actions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove restrictions around MRIs for heart patients with implantable cardiovascular devices, the U.S. government is failing to protect a subset of those patients with fractured, epicardial or abandoned leads, according to an editorial published in JAMA Cardiology this November.