The focus of quality improvement in healthcare is to bolster performance and processes related to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Leaders in this space also ensure the proper selection of imaging exams and procedures, and monitor the safety of services, among other duties. Reimbursement programs such as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) utilize financial incentives to improve quality. This also includes setting and maintaining care quality initiatives, such as the requirements set by the Joint Commission.

The annual rankings from U.S. News are here, with some familiar names making the top of the list. Did your facility make the cut? 

Performing valve-in-valve transcatheter mitral valve replacement (ViV TMVR) with conscious sedation (CS) or monitored anesthesia care (MAC) instead of general anesthesia (GA) is safe and effective, according to new research published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

During valve-in-valve TMVR, patients are treated with conscious sedation or monitored anesthesia care instead of general anesthesia. This new analysis confirms that the change does not impact patient outcomes, but it was linked to a shorter length of stay.

The American Heart Association and Association of Black Cardiologists announced the winners of a six-month data challenge, describing health equity as "one of the most pressing areas in healthcare.”

Researchers tracked data from more than 450,000 patients treated over the course of 15 years, sharing their findings in JAMA Network Open.

Study suggests an increase in patient safety for heart attack patients

A new analysis found that patient safety has improved for many cardiac patients—but is it enough?

The KardiaBand device from AliveCor is a more reliable tool for identifying atrial fibrillation (AFib) than the Apple Watch 4, according to a new head-to-head analysis published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

The study's authors noted that the ECG acquisition technology in these wearable devices appears to be quite effective. The automated algorithms, however, could still be improved. 

The new meta-analysis included data from nearly 10,000 patients. 

Researchers interviewed professional medical interpreters, sharing some of the lessons they learned in JACC: Heart Failure.

U.S. News & World Report children’s hospitals cardiology heart surgery

The 2022-2023 rankings include some familiar names at the top. Did your facility make the cut? 

Charles D. Fraser, Jr.,  MD, executive director of the new Institute for Cardiovascular Health, a collaboration between Ascension Texas and the University of Texas at Austin, including its Dell Medical School. This new, state-of-the-art cardiology program fully integrates all the cardiac subspecialties to create a comprehensive heart team approach in treating patients.

Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD, executive director of the new Institute for Cardiovascular Health in Austin, Texas, discusses the facility's new, state-of-the-art cardiology program.

Simple EHR alerts helped one health system get more guideline-recommended medications to its heart failure patients.

Survival on the rise among high-risk pulmonary embolism patients.

The study's authors examined data from more than 1.4 million patients, noting that pulmonary embolism response teams appear to be playing a significant role. 

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