Practice Management

Patients with severe but asymptomatic aortic stenosis have better survival two and three years later if an aortic valve replacement (AVR) is initially recommended instead of a “watchful waiting” approach, according to a single-center study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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.

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 mesh envelope embedded with antibiotics cut the risk of major device-related infections by 40 percent when placed around cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) like pacemakers and defibrillators, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

A catheter ablation protocol for atrial fibrillation (AFib) including only “the bare essentials” of the procedure delivered similar outcomes as a more involved strategy featuring pulmonary vein mapping, according to research presented at EHRA 2019.

Richard Kovacs, MD, officially began his one-year stint as the president of the American College of Cardiology on March 18. The occasion was marked during a convocation ceremony on the final day of the ACC’s scientific sessions in New Orleans.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced on March 15 an alternative option for cardiologists to maintain their board certification. The Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) will feature an annual performance assessment, each covering about 20 percent of the field of cardiovascular disease, so the entire span of general cardiology can be covered in five years.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) will begin offering a new Transcatheter Valve Certification to U.S. hospitals in mid-2019, the College announced March 13.

As new hardware and software are introduced into interventional suites, imaging labs and surgical theaters, who bears responsibility for bringing medical personnel up to speed on the advantages they could deliver for safety and efficacy?

Coronary artery calcium scanning is not a Magic 8 Ball, but it is a powerful predictor and a valuable tool for cardiology practices.

Patients who remain in the hospital for longer than three days following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are at a 45 percent increased risk of death within one year versus those discharged sooner after the procedure, a new analysis found.

Prolonged non-face-to-face time, something providers have long considered a part of the job, has only been reimbursable through CMS since 2018. Practices still in the dark about the change are missing a revenue opportunity.