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MedAxiom Articles cover the latest industry news and provide expert analysis to help you stay up-to-speed on CV hot topics and the impact on your organization.

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Total Cost of Care: Understanding the Economics of Your Program

In a recent Cardiac Interventions Today article, MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC, discusses cost comparisons, provides an expert review of value-based reimbursement models, and takes a deep dive into defining total cost of care components for developing transformational cost strategies. “Cath lab optimization impacts a large patient population, improves quality of care, improves patient outcomes, and reduces the total cost of patient care, while reducing the cost to deliver care,” said Biesbrock. “Solutions are emerging that focus on standardizing the clinical delivery of care, which will improve patient outcomes and quality and bring program profitability within reasonable reach. These efforts are targeting large patient populations and sharing best practices among peers throughout the health care community.” 

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Obstacles and Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented and frightening time in health care, but it has also led to renewed innovation. In this ACC Cardiology magazine article, learn how using lessons and experiences from this time can help define new goals to improve cardiac rehab access and enrollment. 

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Heart Failure Care Delivery: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Effective Transitional Care

Interventional cardiologists are not typically seen as heart failure (HF) specialists, however it is a primary reason for readmission after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for both acute coronary syndrome patients and elective PCI. In this Cardiac Interventions Today article, MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC, explains how developing an understanding of best practices for effective HF management during the transitional period and beyond is valuable for improving patient outcomes as well as managing the total cost of care.

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Heart Failure Care Delivery: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Effective Transitional Care

Heart failure management has become complex increasing the importance for developing an understanding of best practices for transitional care. In this ACC Cardiology magazine article, Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC, shares a step-by-step approach to assure program alignment, appropriate resource allocation and effective care management for this high-risk patient population.

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Transforming Cardiovascular Care by Optimizing the Role of APPs

The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the importance of team-based care. Although, we have come a long way in terms of embracing the team-based care model, it can't just be adding new roles or facilitating a new process. In this issue of ACC's Cardiology magazine issue hear how cardiovascular programs that optimize their APP utilization and implement a team-based care delivery strategy are able to meet their targets aligned with the Quadruple Aim.

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Cardiovascular Care Transformation Starts With Disruption

Although history books will focus on the pandemic of 2020, the healthcare industry could and should focus on the disruptor of 2020. In this Cardiac Interventions Today article MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC, explains how dyad leadership, a vision for innovation, and utilizing lessons learned will allow true cardiovascular care transformation to occur. "As tragic as the last year was, the healthcare industry must embrace the 2020 pandemic as a disruptor and catalyst for innovation to author positive, lasting change," notes Biesbrock.

 

 

 

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Overcoming Barriers to Cardiac Rehabilitation Enrollment

In a Cardiac Interventions Today article, MedAxiom's Terri McDonald, RN, MBA, CPHQ, shares the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and how the influence of the cardiovascular provider, patient cost, and access affects program enrollment and ways to improve adherence.

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New Year, New Opportunities For Cardiovascular Care Transformation

As 2021 begins, it's important to take time to consider the long-term impacts from the pandemic on the healthcare industry and patient care. In this issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine, MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC, explains three types of innovation viewed through the lens of the COVID pandemic. "If the 2020 pandemic is not seized as a disruptor and catalyst for innovation and care transformation, it will be a missed opportunity," notes Biesbrock.

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Pediatric Cardiology Telehealth in Action: How the Pandemic Shaped the Future of Pediatric Cardiology Care Delivery

In this issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine hear from high-performing pediatric cardiology programs and MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC about how many programs quickly developed telehealth processes that aligned the right technology and right people to provide virtual care to thousands of children across the U.S. There are several lessons learned and best practices that provide value as the use of telehealth evolves as part of a comprehensive delivery model, whether a pandemic exists or not.

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Pediatric Cardiology Telehealth in Action

This article examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the future of pediatric cardiology care delivery. Through the experiences of high-performing pediatric cardiology programs, there are several lessons learned and best practices that provide value as the use of telehealth evolves as part of a comprehensive delivery model. Their experiences provide insights into the use of technology, reimbursement, barriers to telehealth utilization, patient identification, scheduling management, and telehealth sustainability at a program level.

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CV Transforum Fallí20: Uniting CV Thought Leaders, Virtually

In an unprecedented year that has ushered in significant changes to the way patients are managed and how practices are operated, MedAxiom united a record number of cardiovascular thought leaders to address care transformation during CV Transforum Fall'20 Virtual. In this issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine we share some of the highlights from the conference.

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Compensation in the Cardiovascular Practice in 2020

Find insights on compensation trends for cardiovascular providers and advanced practice providers, as well as an early look at how COVID-19 impacted practices in this Cardiac Interventions Today article.

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Taking Care of Patientsí Hearts During Cancer Treatment: Collaborative Oncology and Cardiovascular Care

In the latest issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine, MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, FACC, and Archway Health’s Keely Macmillan take a deep dive into collaborative oncology and cardiovascular care, providing an analysis of Medicare claims data. “Addressing the cardiovascular health of the oncology patient population equates to better, more thorough care management of the population, and can help avoid costly and potentially preventable cardiovascular-related admissions for patients already navigating the challenges of an oncology diagnosis,” the authors note.

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The Vexing Challenge of Physician Slowdown: How to Create an Effective Policy

Like perennial flowers appearing in the spring, each and every year the thorny issue of physician slowdown breaks into the top five concerns for cardiovascular group and program leaders. In this issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine, Joel Sauer, executive vice president, MedAxiom Consulting, shares that creating a solid physician slowdown policy is complex but not impossible and available data can help the process.

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The Importance of Ongoing Education to Maximize Your Revenue Cycle in Uncertain Times

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily program operations, maintaining accurate coding and clinical documentation is vital for managing operating margins, revenue collection and reimbursement. In this issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine we explain how investing in ongoing education will allow your program to more easily cross-train coders as services continue to evolve to meet patient demand beyond the current PHE. 

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Adaptability as a Permanent Attribute of Health Care

In this Cardiac Interventions Today article Joel Sauer, Executive Vice President MedAxiom Consulting shares his perspective on the need to embrace a culture of adaptability in health care to ensure its continued success.

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It's Time to Think Differently About Access: Success Requires More than Operational Change

Hear why access continues to be top concern for cardiovascular programs amid the current pandemic in an article featured in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine. The article includes an excerpt from MedAxiom’s white paper “It's Time To Think Differently About Access: Success Requires More Than Operational Change,” explaining why culture matters when working to solve access problems.

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Dyad Leadership Model: Walking the Talk

Given the complex nature of healthcare and the many unknowns introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, effective governance and leadership is likely to become even more important than usual for organizational vitality and viability. In this issue of ACC’s Cardiology magazine, MedAxiom underscores the importance of a dyad leadership model for guiding and managing healthcare organizations. “A strong dyad leadership approach has never been more important than now, as the COVID-19 pandemic challenges the way cardiovascular care is delivered. Together, physician and administrator leaders can shepherd their organizations through the transition and ensure success in the ‘new normal.’”

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When It Comes to Open-Door Access, Culture Matters

In this Cardiac Interventions Today article Joel Sauer, Executive Vice President MedAxiom Consulting and Ginger Biesbrock, Senior Vice President MedAxiom Consulting explain the importance of having governance and leadership structures in place that support a culture of access to ensure efforts to improve in this area are successful.

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Physician-Hospital Alignment Still Eludes Many Integrated Programs

Although healthcare change is moving at a rapid pace, the most pressing issues have remained somewhat stagnant for the last few years, with physician-hospital alignment models and strategies consistently ranking in the top three. In a Cardiac Interventions Today article, MedAxiom's Joel Sauer, MBA, and Terri McDonald, RN, MBA, CPHQ, discuss the foundational attributes required for aligning a CV program. 

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Reinventing Cardiovascular Care in Two Weeks: An Industry Adapts to a Pandemic

Despite staggering COVID- 19 statistics, the cardiovascular specialty united to transform cardiovascular care, together. This article underscores how community is at the core of the industry’s ability to adapt and innovate and details how administrators and clinicians came together like never before to learn from each other, support each other, and advocate for resources and support.

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Managing The Shift To Elective PCI In The ASC Setting

In a Cardiac Interventions Today article, MedAxiom’s Terri McDonald, RN, MBA, CPHQ, explains CMS CY 2020 changes that indicate an expectation to provide lower-cost interventional care in the nonhospital ambulatory setting and what CVSL leaders should consider as they build their strategies. 

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MedAxiomís MedAxcess Database Helps Organizations Benchmark, Evaluate Efficiencies and Set Goals

At the heart of MedAxiom is MedAxcess, the largest and most powerful cardiovascular-specific database in the U.S. In this issue of ACC's Cardiology magazine, hear how this proprietary and interactive database allows member organizations to query extensive data resources on demand and provides a powerful tool for organizations seeking to review, benchmark and interpret their data.

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