Cardiovascular Rounds

News, resources, and analysis from the Cardiovascular Roundtable

Early Covid-19 takeaways for CV leaders

by Daniel Roza March 17, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, hospitals are preparing for (if not already experiencing) a potentially overwhelming influx of patients requiring acute care and lengthy hospital stays. Cardiovascular (CV) patients are one of the groups most likely to experience complications and require intensive care as a result of contracting the virus. Because of the implications of the virus for CV patients in particular, the CV service line will not only be on the frontlines of the clinical battle against COVID-19, but also key to the responsible management of severely strained and limited hospital resources. 

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The outlook for wearable devices in the CV service line

by Preston Eni and Ty Aderhold February 28, 2020

Wearables are expected to generate over $50 billion in annual revenue by 2023 and have transformed the management models for diseases such as diabetes. But while the potential impact of wearable technology on the management of cardiovascular disease is generating growing excitement, what can CV service line administrators actually expect from these devices in the near future? Here's our take on the potential of wearables to transform how care is provided in the CV service line.

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3 things to know about CV ambulatory changes for 2020

Julie Bass December 3, 2019

CMS just finalized its proposal to add three coronary interventions and three supplemental codes to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) Covered Procedures List for 2020. This is the first time CMS will reimburse PCI procedures in ASCs and CV leaders have questions on how—and if—this should change their ambulatory strategy.

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3 things to know about CV ambulatory changes for 2020

Julie Bass December 3, 2019

CMS just finalized its proposal to add three coronary interventions and three supplemental codes to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) Covered Procedures List for 2020. This is the first time CMS will reimburse PCI procedures in ASCs and CV leaders have questions on how—and if—this should change their ambulatory strategy.

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CV providers are referring to palliative care less often—how can you reverse the trend?

by Daniel Roza September 24, 2019

Health systems face more pressure than ever to improve quality and cut costs. However, the adoption of palliative care, long shown to be an effective means of improving long-term patient outcomes, actually seems to be falling in CV service lines: A study recently published in JAMA shows that the proportion of cardiologists referring patients for palliative care between 2015 and 2017 dropped by 6.5% to a mere 10.5%, and that referrals for CV patients lagged behind those for patients with other diseases. As the push to value-based care accelerates, the CV service line needs a course correction. Here's why palliative care should be a priority at your program—and how to incorporate it into daily CV care.

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4 ways FDA's approval of low-risk TAVR will affect your CV program

Megan Tooley Director September 10, 2019

On August 16, 2019, FDA approved transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in severe aortic stenosis patients at low-risk for surgery. This was a highly-anticipated move following the compelling results of low-risk TAVR trials presented earlier this year at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. Unlike previous indication expansions, FDA approved both the Medtronic and Edwards valves at once.

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CV takeaways from the FY 2020 inpatient final rule

by Megan Tooley and Jordan Sanford August 9, 2019

On August 2, CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 final rule for the inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS). Among the rule's nearly 2,300 pages are some major changes that CV leaders should know as they plan for the year ahead, including updates to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and transcatheter structural heart procedure coding.

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2 need-to-know CV takeaways from the 2020 HOPPS proposed rule

Julie Bass August 2, 2019

On Monday, CMS released its proposed payment and regulatory updates for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in calendar year (CY) 2020.

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