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  • Kovacs: ACC family will withstand coronavirus challenge

    The cardiology profession is "a family and a team " and will respond strongly to the novel coronavirus pandemic, American College of Cardiology immediate past president Dr. Richard Kovacs told the ACC.20 Together With World Congress of Cardiology Virtual. Kovacs said the ACC will withstand the coronavirus challenge because it is made up of a "group of committed individuals united by a shared vision where a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes." Healio (free registration) (3/28) Learn More

  • Registry to begin using new TAVR program quality measures

    The US registry for transcatheter aortic valve replacement cases, run by the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, will begin using a new five-item metric to measure 30-day patient outcomes and determine TAVR program quality. Dr. Nimesh Desai told the ACC.20 Together With World Congress of Cardiology Virtual that initially the programs will receive the data, but in 2021 the registry will start making its TAVR ratings public. Medscape (free registration) (3/30) Learn More

  • Survey: Many US hospitals running low on PPE

    One in 5 US health care facilities have no respirators, while 28% are nearly out of the air-filtering masks, according to a survey sponsored by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The online poll of 1,140 infection prevention specialists also found many health care facilities are experiencing shortages in personal protective equipment such as face shields and masks, safety goggles and hospital gowns. HealthDay News (3/27) Learn More

  • 3 important CARES Act programs for health care

    More than $100 billion for health care organizations is included in the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act signed into law Friday, but PYA's consulting practice said health care providers should look into three specific programs first. The Paycheck Protection Program, the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, and Medicare provisions can have an immediate financial effect. HealthLeaders Media (3/29) Learn More

  • Survey: 57% of health care pros in value-based models

    An Insights survey showed 57% of health care professionals are already taking part in value-based reimbursement models and 55% believe that these models will have a positive impact on the financial health of their organizations, but only 22% expect to participate in downside financial risk arrangements within the next year. This discrepancy underlines the need for improved value-based care collaboration between clinicians and insurers to ensure their efforts to deliver low-cost, high-quality care to patients will succeed. Health Payer Intelligence (3/27) Learn More

  • ACC survey: 35.4% of cardiologists have feeling of burnout

    The American College of Cardiology's 2019 Burnout Study found 35.4% of US cardiologists had feelings of burnout and 43.9% said they felt stressed. The survey, presented at the ACC.20 Together With World Congress of Cardiology Virtual, found burnout was most common among mid-career cardiologists. Healio (free registration) (3/28) Learn More

  • Apple works with CDC, FEMA on COVID-19 screening app

    Apple launched a new website and COVID-19 symptom screening app in partnership with the CDC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House's Coronavirus Task Force. The screening tools ask users questions about recent exposure, symptoms and risk factors; recommends next steps, including testing if warranted; and does not require an Apple account. CNBC (3/27) Learn More

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