Practice Management

For-profit and not-for-profit healthcare facilities may value the health of their cath lab employees differently. Without a clear indication of the bottom-line impact, some hospitals may be forgoing protective equipment and sacrificing the long-term health of their workers. Should the C-suite prioritize worker health when allocating investment dollars? 

The moniker is in flux, but patients, clinicians and organizations are embracing the connectedness of virtual hospitals.

Three more executives resigned from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the continued fallout from an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times that revealed mortality rates tripled over just a few years in the pediatric heart surgery unit.

Another study has linked the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) to increased mortality among patients hospitalized for heart failure, prompting at least one cardiologist to urge policymakers to revise the policy.

Hospitals participating in a quality improvement program were 7.3 times more likely to administer IV alteplase within one hour of a stroke patient’s arrival in 2017 versus 2008, according to a study published Dec. 17 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

In a medical landscape where just a fraction of clinical trial participants are diverse in their race, sex, lifestyle or genetics, a team of physicians have published a paper detailing how their peers can ramp up efforts to recruit a more representative pool of patients.

The impressive blood pressure reductions seen among hypertensive black men participating in a barbershop-based intervention were sustained through one year, according to a follow-up study published Dec. 17 in Circulation.

Women with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) were more likely to report worse experiences with the healthcare system and a lower health-related quality of life in a nationally representative study—highlighting another area where cardiovascular care potentially lags behind for women.

The American Heart Association released a comprehensive report Dec. 12 focused on mental health in the workplace—an issue the organization wants employers in the U.S. to tackle head-on.

Three administrators at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, including the CEO, have resigned following a report from the Tampa Bay Times that found mortality rates tripled in the pediatric heart surgery unit from 2015 to 2017—even as the center began to turn away more challenging cases.

Although female authorship in cardiology journals is improving, women continue to be underrepresented in research publications—particularly as first and senior authors, according to an analysis in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Implantable medical devices—from pacemakers to cardioverter-defibrillators to neurostimulators—are on the rise, but their popularity in clinical practice means they’re also a prime target for ill-intentioned hackers, a trio of doctors reported in Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine in November.