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News, resources, and analysis from the Cardiovascular Roundtable
October 24, 2018
Since TAVR first hit the U.S. market, structural heart programs have made vast improvements in increasing efficiency of the program and the procedure. These efforts have not only increased outcomes and experience for patients, but also improved fiscal sustainability of these resource-intensive programs.
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by Aaron Mauck and Daniel Roza October 12, 2018
On October 18, 2018, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) will implement extensive changes to its adult heart allocation policy, which may have implications for your transplant-eligible patients.
by Megan Tooley and Emily Snow September 26, 2018
As usual, this summer brought new CMS proposals for outpatient and physician payments, which if finalized would go into effect for the 2019 calendar year. While this year's proposed updates were not as monumental as some in recent years, there are still some significant changes that will impact cardiovascular service lines.
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.
Megan Tooley August 29, 2018
Editor's note: This story was updated on November 6, 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.
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.
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.
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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