Cardiovascular Rounds

News, resources, and analysis from the Cardiovascular Roundtable

VAD program adoption is growing—but is it the right move for you?

by Megan Tooley and Dhananjai Seth September 12, 2018

Optimizing management of heart failure (HF) patients has been a priority for cardiovascular programs for years, and CV leaders are continuing to evaluate new opportunities to better treat this growing patient population. In fact, the American Heart Association expects the prevalence of heart failure to grow by 46%, to 8.5 million individuals, by 2030.

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TAVR program requirements are changing, are you ready?

Megan Tooley August 29, 2018

A few weeks ago, four CV societies jointly released a new expert consensus document on operator and institutional requirements for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)—a statement that existing and aspiring TAVR programs have been anxiously awaiting for nearly a year.

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Cardiovascular—integrated in name only?

Megan Tooley , Aaron Mauck August 1, 2018

Cardiovascular programs have spent decades developing strategies to optimize the care for cardiac conditions. Vascular conditions, on the other hand, are often approached as an afterthought.

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How MemorialCare reduced care variation for ED chest pain patients

by Megan Tooley and Julie Bass June 13, 2018

A chest pain patient comes into your ED. What happens next? What tests do you run? Do you call for a cardiology consult? Do you admit them? For most programs, this is a common and challenging scenario.

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Looking for CV patients? Here's how to engage referring physicians and consumers.

by Megan Tooley and Julie Bass May 16, 2018

A recent Advisory Board analysis of almost 13,000 patients discovered that 86% of CV referrals are physician-driven. The analysis also found that patients can be surprisingly loyal to physician referrals—in fact, two-thirds of cardiac surgery patients said they would drive an hour to follow a physician referral to a specific surgeon, and almost one-quarter of patients said they would fly three hours.

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The strategy that can reduce your HF patients' mortality risk by 36%

by Megan Tooley, Marissa Schwartz and Ben Wheeler April 11, 2018

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) costs are estimated to skyrocket to $748.7 billion by 2035, with heart failure expected to play a significant role in that rise. With increased treatment costs, higher disease prevalence, and regulations tying more payments to episodic cost and quality on the horizon, hospitals and health systems need to become more effective in managing HF patients. 

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APP boot camp: Training today's advanced practice providers to be tomorrow's CV care team leaders

by Megan Tooley and Daniel Roza March 28, 2018

As hospitals find themselves stretched to meet the needs of an expanding patient population, ensuring top-of-license practice across the entire care team is essential. For the cardiovascular service line, that means giving more responsibilities to advanced practice providers (APPs) such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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ECMO could significantly increase cardiac arrest survival rate. Here's what you need to know.

by Megan Tooley and Asya Igmen March 14, 2018

Every year, only 10% of the 350,000 people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States survive. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recently adopted a protocol that may improve that rate to 40%, according to initial research.

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