Value-Based Cardiology


A majority of hospitals that may be required to participate in the new Medicare cardiac bundled payment models would not experience losses or gains over $500,000 per year, according to a recent analysis by Avalere Health.
Patients who suffer heart attacks or flare-ups of congestive heart failure can fare worse in hospitals that are more likely to send them to the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a study published in CHEST.
Higher levels of activity were associated with a significantly lowered risk for outcomes in 5 common chronic diseases; however, the largest gains were made at lower levels of activity with diminishing gains as activity levels increased.
Despite evidence and clinical guidelines that support intensive statin use in high-risk patients, very few eligible patients start treatment at recommended levels.
When understanding the outcomes of important clinical trials, Derek van Amerongen, MD, MS, explained that it's important for health plans to consider any of the offsets created by a specific treatment plan in the hopes of preventing further or more serious treatments for patients in the future.


July 25-27, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Mackinac Island,MI
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