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The CFA Perspective

A Cardiovascular Consulting Blog from CFA

Health, Wellness, Compliance and Evolving Legality

Health and wellness is a growing concern for every cardiovascular professional.  Research has shown  that a significant proportion of CVD is preventable, particularly given the positive impact of regular exercise, good eating habits, stress reduction, early detection, compliance with prescribed medications and the like.  

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National Progress; Personal Losses

In the August 18, 2014 edition of Circulation, major progress was reported on the improvement of outcomes for patients with acute MI and stroke.  The research team led by Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, at the Yale University School of Medicine reviewed Medicare fee-for-service data from the 12-year period 1999 to 2011.


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Opportunities for Hospital Savings in the Cardiovascular Service Line

The Premier healthcare alliance continues to identify potential savings opportunities for hospitals.  Based on feedback from nearly 350 members participating in Premier’s QUEST collaborative, five areas with the largest opportunity for average annual savings at a typical 200- to 300-bed community hospital are listed below

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Nobody Told the Specialists

Ian Morrison is one of our favorite futurists and forward-thinkers, so we generally hang on his every word.  In an article entitled “The Bridge from Volume- to Value-Based Payment” (, September 4, 2012); he outlines what he calls “the new future” and how to build the bridge to get there. 

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Challenges in Hospital Facilities Planning

A surprising number of hospitals are in the midst of facilities planning and expansion activities.  This is somewhat surprising given the economic times and the recent unfolding of political/regulatory changes. 

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