Practice Management

The Cleveland Clinic was named the top hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by the U.S. News & World Report—a distinction it has held since 1995.
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.
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.
Women are more likely to survive a heart attack if their emergency room physician is also a woman, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
George Hahn of Philadelphia had two echocardiograms conducted at the same hospital a year apart, using the same insurance—the only difference was one cost $3,000 more than the other. No doubt Hahn’s plight is similar to many other Americans—and hospitals are acting, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Monica Rigsby, a former office manager at Georgia Pediatric Cardiology near Atlanta, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after she was convicted of embezzling more than $1 million from the practice, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) cardiologist Tiziano Scarabelli, MD, filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against four colleagues and the VCU Health System’s physician group. His attorneys claim he suffered retaliation after raising concerns over patients receiving insufficient heart care during and after chemotherapy treatments, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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.
In a recent article, The New York Times dove into the topic of “post-hospital syndrome”—a term Yale University cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, MD, coined in 2013 to describe the period of vulnerability following a hospital discharge.
A program designed to provide rapid follow-up visits to heart failure patients after hospital discharge improved 30-day survival, reduced readmissions and saved money, according to a retrospective study published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.
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.
“Unless we as a profession have a dialogue about burnout more broadly, all the things we do in training will have a limited impact,” Tait Shanafelt, MD, chief wellness officer at Stanford Medicine, told Kaiser Health News.
That estimate alone should be enough to drive the goal of routine genomic screening in healthcare forward, a researcher wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine, but hurdles remain with implementing that plan into clinical care.
New analysis in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology notes an increase in the proportion of female senior and first authors in cardiology literature.
A group of researchers from a Veterans Affairs health system in California shared their experience with limited left ventricular echocardiography, something they believe could reduce the cost and time required for testing in select patients.
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.
Structural & Congenital Heart Disease, Healthcare Economics & Policy, Practice Management
Having a multidisciplinary team available around-the-clock to meet patients with suspected emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO) strokes helped a hospital achieve median door-to-recanalization times of 52 minutes, according to a study presented at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s annual meeting.
Vascular & Endovascular, Practice Management, Conferences
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
Jul 23, 2018 | Practice Management
The implementation of e-counseling, in addition to traditional medical therapy, improved systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction in the REACH (Reducing Risk with E-based support for Adherence to Lifestyle Change in Hypertension) trial.
Practice Management
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients who discharge against medical advice (DAMA) are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital, according to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
Coronary Intervention & Surgery, Practice Management