While cardiac computer tomography (CCT) has been around for twenty years, its widespread adoption has been measured, while its utility and applicability have been continually debated and refined.
The CFA Perspective
A Cardiovascular Consulting Blog from CFA
The last few years have been financially devastating for the hospital industry. COVID-19 and its variants have plunged the industry into financial chaos, with long-lasting impact on healthcare focused on, but far beyond, mere finances.
In the continuing debate linking procedural volume and quality outcomes, recent published research on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) dispersion, center proliferation, volumes and quality outcomes has brought this thorny issue to the forefront.
This is an incredibly timely and probably inevitable situation. West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health sued to block a large physician group, the Iowa Clinic, from opening two cardiac cath labs in its ambulatory surgery center (ASC).
Service-line consolidation has always been a challenge – theoretically feasible, strategically supportable, even desirable (particularly from a health system perspective), yet fraught with practical and political roadblocks.
Periodic News Update and Implications
Periodically, CFA will highlight a few significant news articles on cardiovascular topics -- clinical or organizational. Reprinted below are four news items we found interesting and worthy to highlight.
Amidst the constant barrage of clinical diagnosis and treatment news impacting coronary artery disease (CAD), and the delivery of related services, it is always instructive to be aware of the epidemiological news as well. Several news articles recently came to my attention that I wanted to pass on.
FFR-CT Aims for Real-World Application
Fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT), in the still early stages of clinical implementation, is beginning to make inroads into how some hospitals and physician groups diagnose chest pain patients noninvasively.
Occasionally, CFA will highlight a few significant news articles on cardiovascular topics -- clinical or organizational. Reprinted below are four interesting news items we feel worthy to highlight.