Practice Management

Providers were just as likely to perform low-value coronary revascularizations after joining an accountable care organization (ACO), a new analysis found. Considering ACOs are designed to curb healthcare spending, these findings suggest their current setup doesn’t properly incentivize specialists to change their behavior.
Jun 19, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A single blood sample to test both fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) may be sufficient to identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, according to a study published June 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Jun 18, 2018 | Heart Failure
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston reopened its heart transplant program June 15 after a two-week suspension in which the hospital conducted an internal review of two recent patient deaths.
Jun 18, 2018 | Practice Management
A recent study in BMJ Open affirmed the value of physicians dressing the part, showing patients are more likely to consider them trustworthy and knowledgeable if they are wearing the traditional white coat over formal clothing.
Jun 18, 2018 | Practice Management
Combining financial incentives, personalized goal setting and wearable devices might be an effective way of encouraging heart disease patients to engage in more physical activity, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
An early discharge strategy with rivaroxaban reduces hospital lengths of stay and healthcare costs for patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (LRPE)—without compromising their safety—suggests a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.
Medical device company Stryker filed a claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday saying it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific on a potential takeover.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates pledged on June 11 to advance gender equity in medicine after multiple studies highlighted the wage gap and discrimination women physicians continue to face.
Jun 13, 2018 | Practice Management
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade D recommendation against screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography (ECG) to prevent cardiovascular disease events in asymptomatic adults at low risk of CVD events.
Jun 12, 2018 | Practice Management
A Cleveland-area cardiologist who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for healthcare fraud, money laundering and subjecting patients to unnecessary testing is asking a judge to overturn his case, reports
Jun 07, 2018 | Practice Management
Risk adjustment models for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) used by CMS suggest a diagnosis of atherosclerosis is associated with about a 40 percent reduction in 30-day mortality for Medicare beneficiaries. Researchers found hospitals that provide more extensive cardiac care are more likely to report the condition, thereby skewing the risk models.
Physicians working in states that imposed damage caps for malpractice claims were less likely to perform invasive coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than colleagues in no-cap states, according to a new study in JAMA Cardiology.
Jun 07, 2018 | Practice Management
The American College of Cardiology (ACC)’s new accreditation program, HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence, will be designated “forward thinking” hospitals and healthcare systems that demonstrate excellence in cardiovascular care and also “advance the cause of sustainable quality improvement.”
Jun 04, 2018 | Practice Management
A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) suggested limited health literacy is a major barrier that blocks many people from achieving good cardiovascular health or benefiting from effective treatment for myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. The statement was published on June 4 in Circulation.
Jun 04, 2018 | Hypertension
Virtual primary care visits for hypertension follow-ups are just as effective as in-person visits to maintain blood pressure control, according to a new study published on May 23 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Jun 04, 2018 | Heart Failure
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston has temporarily suspended its heart transplant program, two weeks after a joint investigation by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica detailed its poor performance.
Heart Failure, Practice Management
Jun 01, 2018 | Practice Management
Two viewpoint pieces published May 30 in JAMA Cardiology focused on the inequities women face in cardiology, both in terms of compensation and discrimination.
Practice Management, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Jun 01, 2018 | Practice Management
University of California, Los Angeles cardiologist Guillermo Andres Cortes, MD, had his medical license temporarily suspended by state officials after a female colleague accused him of sexual assault while they were working together at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Since then, multiple women have come forward with additional accusations of misconduct.
Practice Management
May 30, 2018 | Practice Management
Work-life balance is the chief determinant that leads internal medicine (IM) trainees to select cardiology as a career, according to a study published May 30 in JAMA Cardiology.
Practice Management, Healthcare Economics & Policy
May 30, 2018 | Heart Failure
Several models have been developed to predict mortality among heart failure patients, but clinicians remain reluctant to use them in everyday practice. In fact, fewer than 1 percent of patients received a prognostic estimate from their physicians in a European registry analysis published in JACC: Heart Failure.
Heart Failure, Practice Management
May 29, 2018 | Practice Management
Homeless people remain at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on uncontrolled risk factors, poor access to healthcare and difficulties adhering to long-term management, according to the authors of a review published May 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Practice Management, Acute Coronary Syndrome