Brian Maher, Cardiovascular Roundtable
In March 2013, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its annual “Report to Congress”, in which the commission offers recommendations to HHS and CMS to improve payment accuracy for a multitude of health care services, including hospital inpatient and outpatient, physician, and post-acute care services.
In this year’s report, MedPAC proposes to level reimbursement rates between hospital outpatient and physician office services, which could have a devastating impact on the profitability of CV diagnostic procedures.
A potentially 'game-changing' payment policy for CV programs
Carly Anderson, Cardiovascular Roundtable
A study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology points to the benefits of catheter ablation over medical rate control for heart failure patients with simultaneous persistent atrial fibrillation, reinforcing the merits of this technique and increasing the need for CV programs to coordinate their EP and HF care processes.
New trial brings EP-HF coordination into the spotlight
Megan Tooley, Cardiovascular Roundtable
The decision to pursue transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) should not be taken lightly—we’ve been helping walk members through the considerations in our recent publication Blueprint for Valve Centers, executive summary webconference, and recent coverage in Cardiovascular Rounds.
But for some progressive institutions, TAVR is the right choice both to fill a clinical need in the community, as well as grow the CV program. So once you’ve made that decision, where do you go from there?
For a quick primer on the top investments to consider when starting a program, we turned to CV leaders at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, a 384-bed hospital in Denver, Colorado, who successfully launched a TAVR program last fall.
Read on for three key pieces of advice Saint Joseph Hospital has for institutions looking to launch their own TAVR program.
You've decided to launch a TAVR program...now what?