Practice Management

The University of Southern California will lose its cardiology fellowship accreditation after more than a year of unrest within the medical school, the Los Angeles Times reported April 25.

Several professional medical societies have now weighed in on a bill introduced to Congress on April 9 which seeks to prevent physicians from self-referring Medicare patients to in-office “ancillary services” including advanced imaging, anatomic pathology, radiation therapy and physical therapy.

More than 80% of stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are treated in the intensive care unit despite only 16% of them experiencing complications that require an ICU stay, according to a U.S. registry analysis published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Domestic responsibilities put a damper on career satisfaction for proceduralist mothers more than for physician mothers in nonprocedural specialties, suggests a study published April 10 in JAMA Surgery.

A team-based protocol for treating cardiogenic shock helped one center boost its 30-day survival rates for those patients by nearly 20 percentage points over a two-year period, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Cardiologists earn the fourth-most money of any medical specialty, according to Medscape’s 2019 physician compensation report, bringing in an average of $430,000 each year.

A new pilot study out of Germany suggests a comic-style graphic supplement can improve the informed consent process before coronary angiography by putting patients at ease and helping them understand the procedure.

In a scientific statement published online April 8, the American Heart Association introduced the concept of cardio-oncology rehabilitation—a spin on cardiac rehab that takes into account cancer-specific considerations.

Heart attack patients aged 65 and up stay hospitalized longer than those aged 65 or under—yet the seniors ring up significantly smaller bills per stay. The bad news is that the “savings” likely come in the form of fewer percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs, aka angioplasties) to open blocked heart arteries nonsurgically.

An animal study published in Experimental Neurology suggests recovery from cardiac arrest is inhibited by exposure to white light—the same kind that normally illuminates hospital rooms.

The former president of Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital has sued DMC, its parent company Tenet Healthcare and three executives for allegedly retaliating against him after he raised concerns over the quality of care at the hospital, Crain’s Detroit Business reported.

Two papers published March 25 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology make the case for training other interventionalists, including cardiologists, in performing mechanical thrombectomy to increase access to the emergency stroke treatment.