Practice Management

American Medical Societies to Congress: Preserve Part B Therapy Access

American Medical Societies to Congress: Preserve Part B Therapy Access

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Medical societies are urging Congress to enforce the preservation of part B therapy access.

Antithrombotic Agent Discontinuation Unnecessary in Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Antithrombotic Agent Discontinuation Unnecessary in Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Antithrombotic agents may be safely continued in patients undergoing wide-awake carpal tunnel release surgery.

AHA Does Not Support Healthcare Cuts in Tax Reform Bill

AHA Does Not Support Healthcare Cuts in Tax Reform Bill

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The American Heart Association released a statement calling Republican tax reform bill problematic for health care.

Guidelines for Point-of-Care Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation

Guidelines for Point-of-Care Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation

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Transesophageal echocardiography offers many clinical benefits in patients with cardiac arrest compared with transthoracic echocardiography.

Effect of Cardiologist Care on New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation Outcomes

Effect of Cardiologist Care on New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation Outcomes

In patients with new-onset atrial fibrillation, cardiologist care is associated with lower rates of death.

Flu Vaccine Refusal Leads to Terminations

Flu Vaccine Refusal Leads to Terminations

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Several employees fired from a Minnesota-based hospital chain for refusing to receive the flu vaccine.

US Surgical Residents Have High Burnout Rates

US Surgical Residents Have High Burnout Rates

US surgical residents have high levels of burnout, which is associated with high stress, depression, and suicidal ideation,

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Decreases Heart Failure Readmissions

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Decreases Heart Failure Readmissions

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) is associated with a reduction in readmissions for patients with heart failure.

ACC/AHA/HRS Release Updated Guidelines for Ventricular Arrhythmia Management

ACC/AHA/HRS Release Updated Guidelines for Ventricular Arrhythmia Management

The ACC, AHA and HRS have released updated guidelines for the management of adults who have ventricular arrhythmias.

Natural Disasters Can Increase Risk for Adverse Events in CVD

Natural Disasters Can Increase Risk for Adverse Events in CVD

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For patients with cardiovascular disease, natural disasters can pose serious health dangers.

Physician Burnout Risk May Be Higher for Women

Physician Burnout Risk May Be Higher for Women

Research shows female physicians are more burned out than their male colleagues

Post-Urgent Care, Better Patient Communication Needed

Post-Urgent Care, Better Patient Communication Needed

Patients and primary care physicians need to communicate better after urgent care visits, and patients value their relationships with their PCPs.

Decrease in Mortality When Surgery Performed by Female Surgeon

Decrease in Mortality When Surgery Performed by Female Surgeon

Patients treated by female surgeons have a small but significant decrease in 30-day mortality.

Survey Reports More Than 20% of US Adults Experience Medical Errors

Survey Reports More Than 20% of US Adults Experience Medical Errors

New survey shows more than 1 in 5 patients report having experienced a medical error.

Faulty Pacemakers, Defibrillators to Be Replaced by Medicare

Faulty Pacemakers, Defibrillators to Be Replaced by Medicare

Medicare paid at least $1.5 billion over a decade to replace 7 types of defective heart devices that apparently failed.

Medication Nonadherence Mortality Rates Examined Post-MI

Medication Nonadherence Mortality Rates Examined Post-MI

Post myocardial infarction medication nonadherence may increase mortality.

New Appropriate Use Criteria Released for Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease

New Appropriate Use Criteria Released for Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease

New criteria has been developed for valvular heart disease imaging tests.

Hypertension Medication Adherence May Be Improved by Collaborate Communication

Hypertension Medication Adherence May Be Improved by Collaborate Communication

Collaborative communication between physicians and patients can help boost patient medication adherence.

PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Continues to Lack Cost-Effectiveness

PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Continues to Lack Cost-Effectiveness

Findings for addition of evolocumab to standard tx in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Adherence Not Reported in Studies

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Adherence Not Reported in Studies

Studies often fail to include information on outcomes by medication adherence in type 2 diabetes.

Cognitive Function May Benefit from Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Targets

Cognitive Function May Benefit from Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Targets

For seniors and particularly blacks with hypertension, lowering systolic blood pressure to 120 mm Hg or lower may help prevent cognitive decline.

Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care

Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care

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About 40% of hospitalized patients report a breakdown in their care including delays in admission and team communication.

After Cardiac Surgery, Patients With Obesity Require More ICU Resources

After Cardiac Surgery, Patients With Obesity Require More ICU Resources

For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, increasing obesity is associated with increased intensive care unit resource utilization.

Timing of BP Measurements in Orthostatic Hypotension Linked to Adverse Effects

Timing of BP Measurements in Orthostatic Hypotension Linked to Adverse Effects

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Blood pressure measurements taken within the first minute of standing from a supine position had the strongest association with adverse outcomes in orthostatic hypotension.

Beta-Blockers Reduce CV Mortality in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

Beta-Blockers Reduce CV Mortality in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

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Most pharmacotherapies appear not to have significant effect on all-cause or cardiovascular mortality in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Changes, Challenges, and Clinician Perspectives

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Changes, Challenges, and Clinician Perspectives

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An overview of cardiac rehabilitation use plus interviews with Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH, FACC, FASE and with Jonathan Ledyard, MS, RCEP.

After First Stroke, Recurrence Risk Increases When Discontinuing Statins

After First Stroke, Recurrence Risk Increases When Discontinuing Statins

Discontinuing statin therapy 3 to 6 months after an initial ischemic stroke is tied to higher risk of a recurrent stroke.

Early vs Delayed Invasive Strategy in Non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes

Early vs Delayed Invasive Strategy in Non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes

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In patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes, an early invasive treatment strategy does not significantly reduce mortality rates.

Geographic Differences Affect Statin Prescriptions Post-Stroke

Geographic Differences Affect Statin Prescriptions Post-Stroke

Less than half of patients discharged for ischemic stroke receive a prescription for statins.

Premature Deaths Expected to Increase With Higher Temperatures

Premature Deaths Expected to Increase With Higher Temperatures

An increase in air pollution is expected to trigger an additional 60,000 premature deaths each year globally by 2030.

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