Citing a need for more clear process explanation for cardiovascular catheterization labs, leaders from prominent cardiology departments across the country have united to develop a consensus statement on best practices for the cath lab, published in this month’s Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. The groups recommendations span the full scope of the process, from credentialing and team composition, to most effectively managing pre-,peri-, and post-operative procedures.
Cardiology leaders release cath lab best practice consensus statement
The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) concluded its 61st annual scientific sessions in Chicago on Tuesday. Two of the most compelling research findings shared at the final session included updates on the effectiveness of CCTA in evaluating chest pain patients and mortality in CABG vs. PCI patients. For additional Roundtable coverage of this year’s ACC sessions, please see here.
ACC: CCTA safe in the ED; CABG mortality lower than PCI
Growth strategy for cardiovascular services takes center stage as many reform efforts and current market forces have the potential to greatly affect the demand for CV services. For instance, the intensifying scrutiny over procedure appropriateness, increased pressure to prevent avoidable readmissions, and the shift of volumes to the outpatient setting are likely to soften inpatient CV volumes.
To assist members in forecasting the business, the Cardiovascular Roundtable has released updated Inpatient and Outpatient Market Estimators. These tools provide five- and ten-year volume projections for specific hospital regions, determined by zip codes or counties. In reflection of these new offerings, cardiovascular expert Brian Contos highlights the key drivers of growth for CV services.
Estimator update: Expert Q&A with Brian Contos