Cardiovascular Rounds

News, resources, and analysis from the Cardiovascular Roundtable

The next 'surge' to prepare for? Cardiovascular care

by Fanta Cherif April 29, 2020

As the U.S. Covid-19 epidemic slows down in parts of the country, EDs should begin to prepare for a second surge of patients: those who have not received CV care for on-going or emergent needs.

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How virtual cardiac rehab can fill the Covid-19 treatment gap

Julie Bass April 22, 2020

Cardiac rehabilitation is a proven tactic to improve patient outcomes, reduce readmissions, and lower long-term costs, but it's highly underutilized as a post-acute service for CV patients—and Covid-19 just made it even more challenging to use.

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11 ways Covid-19 could affect the CV service line

Julie Bass April 15, 2020

The past few weeks have brought about unprecedented changes to health care providers as the Covid-19 epidemic continues to escalate across the country. While my colleagues are providing up-to-the-minute guidance on the broader implications on hospitals and the health care system as a whole, I wanted to unpack the specific implications this crisis could have on CV service lines across the country.

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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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