The American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced the selection of Timothy W. Attebery, MBA, to serve as its chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1.
A hypertension management protocol from an integrated healthcare system was successfully adopted by a network of safety-net clinics, resulting in substantial improvements in blood pressure control for patients of all races.
Despite guidelines and quality improvement efforts, many people with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) aren’t prescribed the recommended medications. And among those who are, fewer than one-fourth receive optimal doses, according to a registry analysis of ambulatory patients.
As healthcare shifts from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, practices are experimenting with different ways to measure physicians’ contributions to their practices. Will time value units (TVUs) one day replace relative value units (RVUs)?
Troponin has become a widely accepted cardiac biomarker for myocardial infarction patients admitted to emergency rooms. But just how reliable is troponin in determining if a heart attack is really a heart attack?
In the era of the Quadruple Aim, there’s no shortage of studies, media coverage and commentary on how our healthcare systems may be overusing resources.
Santa Fe cardiologist Roy Heilbron, MD, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for medical fraud and obstruction of justice. He pleaded guilty to fraud last year.
A new survey from University of Utah Health revealed that most physicians feel responsible for educating patients about the cost of care but don’t believe they should be held accountable for it.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade I recommendation for screening peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the ankle-brachial index (ABI), indicating current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening without signs or symptoms of disease.
Blacks who survive in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) are 28 percent less likely to live to one year after discharge and 33 percent less likely to survive five years when compared to white counterparts, suggesting a disparity in follow-up care.
The proportion of cardiology practices that are integrated with a hospital or health system has grown by 34 percent in the last decade—matching the most dramatic growth of any specialty, according to a study in the July edition of Health Affairs.
A federal investigation into the potential overuse of primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) appears to have made hospitals more judicious in their use of the devices, according to a study published July 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The thinking behind the Seattle Proportional Risk Model goes like this: As the annual risk for all-cause mortality increases, the likelihood that the death will be sudden—or something an ICD could prevent—goes down.
Safety-net hospitals (SNHs) and smaller facilities were less likely to participate in the voluntary Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) programs for cardiac services than larger centers with catheterization laboratories. These findings indicate that the outcomes observed from these programs may not be broadly applicable.
A pair of point/counterpoint articles published online June 25 in JACC: Heart Failure debated whether the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) has resulted in greater mortality for heart failure patients or whether those observations stem from incomplete or misconstrued evidence.
Jun 26, 2018 | Practice Management
Extended reality technologies can be used to educate patients, their families and medical students about cardiac anatomy, facilitate pre-procedural planning and intraprocedural visualization, and serve as a rehabilitation tool for stroke survivors, according to a review published in JACC: Basic to Translational Science.
Practice Management, Coronary Intervention & Surgery
Jun 22, 2018 | Heart Failure
Heart failure patients treated at hospitals with lower 30-day mortality rates also enjoy a survival benefit one, three and even five years later, suggesting a short-term risk-standardized mortality rate (RSMR) may deserve additional weight in CMS’s financial incentive programs.
Heart Failure, Healthcare Economics & Policy, 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.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Practice Management, Coronary Intervention & Surgery
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.
Lipids & Metabolic, Practice Management
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.
Heart Failure, Practice Management
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.
Practice Management