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How Texas Health Resources enhanced CV physician practice and service line integration

By Julie Bass May 1, 2015

The Cardiovascular Roundtable’s CV Physician Alignment Strategy Benchmarking Report revealed a number of surprising facts about CV specialist alignment from a variety of institutions across the country.

Interestingly, only 36% of CV programs have employed physician practices reporting directly to CV service line leadership. This lack of formal oversight of physician practices from the CV service line emphasizes the need for close alignment strategies beyond direct reporting. Texas Health Resources created a shared governance structure they call the Heart and Vascular Leadership Council to further integration between CV practices and the service line.

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What is your time to next appointment—and how can you improve access?

By Kristen Barlow April 13, 2015

Access to cardiovascular care is increasingly being defined by patients who want on-demand access at points of initial entry. If CV programs don’t adjust to accommodate these savvy patients, they risk losing volumes and failing to capitalize on the benefits of a more timely and accessible network.

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New recommendations for echocardiography in acute CV care

By Julie Bass March 4, 2015

The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association jointly published echocardiography guidelines in February’s issue of the European Heart Journal (also available online).

The guidelines specifically address practical applications of echocardiography in patients with acute CV conditions—including acute chest pain, heart failure, complications of myocardial infarction, and acute valvular heart disease. We explain the new recommendations below.

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Three of our best strategies for successful discharge planning

By Kristen Barlow February 9, 2015

Once patients leave the hospital, it is crucial that they are sent home with appropriate instructions and the right support infrastructure. Failing to get the discharge planning process right can lead to readmissions and higher costs – unsatisfactory outcomes in the new healthcare environment that rewards hospitals for 30-, 60-, or even 90-day outcomes and low readmission rates.

Read on to discover how three institutions have developed strategies for perfecting the discharge planning process.

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Cardiovascular 'tumor boards:' Adventist's innovative approach to multidisciplinary care

By Julie Bass January 28, 2015

It is not breaking news that the prevalence of chronic disease is growing. The expanding co-morbid and complex CV population is straining the ability for a single provider, or even a service line, to suitably care for patients across the care continuum.

Patients frequently see multiple providers both inside and outside the CV service line, making effective multidisciplinary collaboration strategies crucial to the future of CV programs, especially as we move away from the fee-for-service environment.

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Cardiovascular Roundtable’s top five underutilized tools

By Kristen Barlow January 15, 2015

At the Cardiovascular Roundtable, we hear from members every day who are looking for individualized assistance such as benchmarking financial or quality performance, market estimation and volume growth, and help with strategic plans.

To assist our members, we’ve developed a suite of tools that are are available to every member. Read on to discover the top five most underutilized tools available with your membership, and how to take advantage of them in 2015.

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CV guidelines in the palm of your hand

by Julie Bass December 29, 2014

What better way to get rid of those little handbooks in your coat pocket than to have all the guidelines you need right at your fingertips?

Professional societies are catching up to speed with physician demand and are finding ways to make key clinical guidelines, including appropriate use criteria (AUC), more accessible. One strategy is mobile apps for smart phones and tablets with collocated guidelines that can be used at the point of care.

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How a dedicated CV patient experience role can benefit your service line

by Julie Bass December 22, 2014

Patient satisfaction is increasingly top of mind for hospital executives, particularly given its recent inclusion in value-based purchasing, and ability to gain a competitive edge in attracting empowered patient consumers. In fact, last year almost one quarter of organizations created chief experience officer (CExO) positions designed to have direct accountability for patient experience.

Our colleagues over on the Marketing and Planning Leadership Council recently highlighted key lessons for organizations considering adding a CExO at the system-level.  For the Cardiovascular Roundtable, a "mini CExO" within the CV service line can have tangible benefits, as in the case of Akron General Medical Center.

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