Anne Kroman, DO, MUSC, explains efforts to increasing female representation in electrophysiology. #GLOWE #HRS #HRS24 #WomeninEP

Efforts to get more women involved in electrophysiology and why it is important

Anne Kroman, DO, PhD, assistant professor at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), explains mentoring efforts for women in EP and why it is important for patients to see more female electrophysiologists to help overcome barriers.

July 19, 2024
Jason Wasfy, MD, associate professor at the Harvard Medical School and director of quality and outcomes research, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, spoke at the Heart Rhythm Society 2024 meeting in the business of cardiology sessions about the current and future models of value based payments.

Value-based care gives cardiology practices an opportunity to thrive

Value-based payments can impact cardiology practices in many ways, helping cardiologists acquire new technology and boost patient care.

July 9, 2024
Zachary Kon, MD, surgical director, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Hofstra/Northwell, explains the current standard for collecting and preserving organs and a the new concept of thoracoabdominal normothermic regional perfusion (NRP)

Advances in heart transplantation: Normothermic regional perfusion and beyond

Zachary Kon, MD, discussed the current standard for preserving organs and how NRP could lead to even better outcomes.

July 3, 2024
Denise Busman from MedAxoim explains importance of the business management model in cardiology departments. She presented in a business of cardiology session at ACC 2024. #Medaxoim #ACC #ACC2024

Why your cardiology department's leadership structure matters

The way a cardiology department's management is organized can have a direct impact on physician satisfaction and patient care. "Without good governance and leadership, nothing else matters," one expert said. 

June 28, 2024
Peter Monteleone, MD, an interventional cardiologist, national director of cardiovascular research at Ascension Health, and assistant professor, UT Austin Dell School of Medicine, explained the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to independently identify an emergency stroke or pulmonary embolism (PE) finding on a CT scan and automatically alert critical care team members. His health system uses this type of AI for earlier activation of the pulmonary embolism response team (PERT).

AI critical care software revolutionizes emergency response

Ascension Health in Texas uses AI that can read CT scans for stroke and pulmonary embolism to activate care teams before the images even get into the PACS.

June 19, 2024
There has been a growing shortage of cardiologists the past several years, but this has accelerated due to burnout from the pandemic, falling reimbursements and increasing administrative burdens. This prompted a joint session on this topic with the ACC and the Heart Rhythm Society at HRS 2024, with ACC President Cathie Biga, MSN, FACC, president and CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, former ACC president Ed Fry, MD, chair of the Ascension National Cardiovascular Service Line, and EP Parin Patel.

Addressing staffing shortages in cardiology

ACC President Cathie Biga, MSN, RN, Edward Fry, MD, and electrophysiologist Parin Patel, MD, discuss the growing cardiologist shortage.

June 13, 2024
Joel Sauer, MBA, MedAxoim, explains why there is a big business trend in cardiology toward remote monitoring and telehealth to cut costs. #ACC #MedAxiom #Telecardiology #remotemonitoring #ACC2024

Telemedicine, remote monitoring help reduce healthcare costs

As profit margins in healthcare continue to shrink, telemedicine and remote monitoring are seeing a large increase to help cut costs while still delivering care outside of the hospital.

June 11, 2024
Joel Sauer, MBA, executive vice president of consulting, MedAxiom, spoke at ACC 2024 on how doctors get paid and how to navigating the payment system of DRGs and CPT Codes. #ACC #Medaxiom #CMS #reimbursement

How cardiologists and hospitals get paid

Joel Sauer, MBA, executive vice president of consulting with MedAxiom, reviews the intricacies of how cardiologists and hospitals are reimbursed.

June 10, 2024

Around the web

Medicare rescinded the provision in the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, but the law remains on the books. 

Among general cardiologists, compensation increased nearly 8% from 2023 to 2024. Interventional cardiology and electrophysiology saw even larger jumps.

According to a whistleblower, multiple Texas healthcare providers put complex heart surgeries in the hands of unqualified trainees without proper supervision. The $15M being recovered is the largest amount ever for a case of this kind. 

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