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How does your stent utilization compare? A Q&A with Brian Contos

August 22, 2013

Jeffrey Rakover, Cardiovascular Roundtable

Within interventional labs, provider decisions about stents continue to drive variable costs. Do you know how your institution’s utilization compares to that of your peers? National trends and emerging research can help you put utilization into perspective and identify savings opportunities, so I sat down with Brian Contos to discuss trends for two high-cost drivers: relative use of drug-eluting stents and the number of stents used per case.

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Appropriate use criteria for diagnostic cath

May 14, 2012

Jake Hartman, Cardiovascular Roundtable

On the heels of appropriate use criteria updates for PCI released earlier this year, the American College of Cardiology has just unveiled the first set of criteria aimed at clearly defining appropriate use for diagnostic catheterization. In a study examining 166 potential indications that could warrant a diagnostic cath procedures, the multi-disciplinary team responsible for these new guidelines found that fewer than half should be classified as appropriate. 

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Cardiology leaders release cath lab best practice consensus statement

March 30, 2012

Jake Hartman

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.

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