12 Days of Resources: 2019 in Review

News | Published: Friday, December 20, 2019


One of the many benefits MedAxiom provides the cardiovascular healthcare community is an extensive collection of informational resources. In an effort to transform cardiovascular care, we strive to provide the most up-to-date, informative and valuable resources on a weekly basis that can be found in our Resource Center.

Understanding the need for current and educational content, we offer many different forms of content. You will find a wide range of webinars, videos, articles, case studies, podcasts, and more! This month we are excited to share what the CV community found most intriguing during 2019.  

Join us as we countdown the 12 Days of Resources with the most popular resources of 2019! 

  1. Blog: Creating Value in Organization Structure
    • Learn how to clearly define the scope of an operation using a service line approach.
  2. Podcast: Moving the Needle on APP Utilization
    • As measured by wRVUs, the productivity of advanced practice providers (APPs) has been on the rise since 2015. Although this is good news for patient access and revenue growth, there is still room for improvement. In this episode, we talk with Ginger Biesbrock, Senior Vice President of Consulting at MedAxiom, about the challenges and best practices for optimizing APPs to the top of their licensure. Ginger shares the APP productivity data from the 2019 Provider Compensation and Production Survey and gives us her take on what is needed to move the needle on APP utilization, role structure, and profitability.
  3. Blog: Why is Cardiology Compensation Still on the Rise?
    • It was predicted that total compensation for cardiologists would decrease in 2019, so why is cardiology compensation still on the rise? Joel Sauer provides several solid theories on why that has not happened and insights from the 2019 MedAxiom survey.
  4. Trending Story: CMS Releases Final 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Rules
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule addressing Medicare payment and quality provisions for physicians in 2020.
  5. Video: Arkansas Heart Hospital and Pritikin ICR - A Success Story
    • Arkansas Heart Hospital provides insight on their success of implementing Pritikin’s comprehensive cardiac rehab program. According to Arkansas Heart Hospital Founder Bruce Murphy, MD “The Pritikin program has changed our culture in a very meaningful way. Our job at Arkansas Heart Hospital is not only to be the thought leaders in cardiovascular medicine, but also the implementers of the best strategies for patient care and for treating the complex nature of vascular disease.”
  6. Blog: The Single Payer vs. Universal Conundrum
    • With so much focus on health care, people want to talk about health care and inevitably in these discussions, we get into the confusing terrain related to single payer and/or universal coverage. Understand the basics of universal coverage and single payer health care.
  7. Podcast: The Value of Benchmarking
    • Tracking metrics and comparing them to external benchmarks is a critical part of assessing performance and monitoring how you rank against competitors and peers. Benchmarks give context to program gaps, help frame decisions, and aid in program design and planning to ultimately improve the delivery of patient care. The importance of cardiovascular services specific benchmarking is what led MedAxiom to develop our annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation & Production Survey. The data are essential to practice and program leaders, and there is no other platform like it in our specialty.

      In this episode, we talk with the survey's author and MedAxiom Executive Vice President of Consulting, Joel Sauer, and Jonathan Fialkow, MD, practicing cardiologist and group practice leader and Chief Population Health Officer at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Baptist Health South Florida, about the value of benchmarks and how to use the results of the annual survey in recruitment and planning efforts.
  8. Trending Story: 2019 Report Cardiovascular Provider Compensation and Production Survey
    • MedAxiom has released its seventh annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation and Production Survey report, revealing trends across cardiology, surgery, advanced practice providers (APPs) and non-clinical compensation. The report’s findings (based on 2018 data) are instrumental in optimizing cardiology organizations of all sizes and ultimately advancing cardiovascular care.
  9. Video: Cardiovascular Service Line Roundtables
    • Through the biannual CV Service Line RoundTable meeting, organized by Philips, the CV TRIAD has grown to a strong community of CV leaders from across the country. Watch the featured keynote speaker and executive TRIAD panel discussion with executive leadership representing hospital administration, physicians and industry.
  10. Case Study: Advanced Practice Providers APP Optimization
    • Find out how MedAxiom assisted a private cardiology group expand use of APPs in the clinic, improve efficiency of APPs in the hospital, establish APP governance, expectations, and communication.
  11. Webinar Recording: Structural Heart Clinics - A Review of Survey Results and Emerging Trends
    • Structural Heart (SH) programs are becoming a common part of the Cardiovascular Service Line. Watch this webinar recording to learn about emerging trends in SH program infrastructure, staffing models and economic performance.
  12. Video: CIS Teams with Bracco – A PET Success Story
    • Leaders of Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) share their journey of implementing PET scan testing and how Bracco Imaging helped them along the way. Dr. Craig Walker, Founder and President of CIS, based in Louisiana, explains the ways in which PET scan testing is superior to standard angiography as a tool for diagnosis and why it has been so beneficial for his patients. Also, CIS patients share how PET has greatly improved their quality of life, while CIS nuclear technology staff and financial executives explain how PET has been a game changer in the day-to-day operations of their organization.