Practice Management

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.

A systematic approach to transitioning heart attack patients from the hospital to outpatient care helped the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, drop its 30-day readmission and death rates while increasing the likelihood of patients making and keeping follow-up appointments.

With the American College of Cardiology’s annual congress fast approaching in March and two new JACC medical journals slated to launch later this year, the ACC is lining up its priorities for 2019.

Employees at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston made 122 mistakes in the labeling of blood over a four-month period, according to a federal review prompted by the December death of a 75-year-old woman who received the wrong blood type and died after suffering repeated bouts of cardiac arrest.

Physician bias against overweight and obese patients is not only prevalent in today’s medical landscape, according to an analysis published in JAMA Feb. 20—it could also be overshadowing quality care and driving some of those patients further from the doctor’s office.

The American Heart Association and Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences and healthcare arm, have joined forces to promote a new initiative called Research Goes Red—an attempt to engage more women in cardiovascular research—the AHA announced Feb. 26.

Two more surveys have been released showing burnout affects nearly half of physicians. But at this point, some are getting frustrated with the inability to move beyond awareness and toward meaningful improvement.

Julia Graspa, MD, PhD, will oversee the JACC: Case Reports publication, which will start in June, while Bonnie Ky, MD, will be editor-in-chief JACC: CardioOncology when it launches in September. They are the first two women to be editors-in-chief of a JACC journal.

Cardiologists are moderately happy at work compared to other specialists, according to Medscape’s Cardiologist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2019, but they’re still experiencing burnout at record rates.

A nurse navigator-led program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon helped the hospital double its palliative care referral rates for advanced heart failure patients considered to be at high risk of readmission.

A national cardiovascular disease screening project in China revealed fewer than 3 percent of high-risk participants were taking either statins or aspirin—a finding researchers described as a “wake-up call” for middle- and low-income countries which are struggling to combat their worsening CVD risk profiles.