February Healthcare News Update

Healthcare is ever-changing, so it’s important to stay up to date on advancements and issues that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of your services. Here are some important developments:

The Role of Vascular Medicine in Cardiology

Speaking from the American Heart Association (AHA) 2015 Scientific Sessions, Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, talks about where vascular medicine fits into cardiovascular medicine. In the opening address at the Sessions in Orlando, Dr. Mark Creager, cardiologist, vascular medicine specialist and President of the American Heart Association, called for much more attention to vascular medicine within the realm of cardiology, so this topic is on point. Continue reading…

CVD Risk Increased With Early- vs Late-Onset Diabetes

Under lead author Xiaoxu Huo, PhD, Tianjin Medical University, China, investigators used China’s largest diabetes database to compare the risk of developing nonfatal CVD in early- vs late-onset type 2 diabetes among residents of mainland China. The study indicated that the risk is almost twice as high in patients who develop type 2 diabetes before the age of 40 compared with those who develop later-onset disease, although the risk is attenuated when adjusted for disease duration. Continue reading…

New Clues Why Women Get Broken Heart Syndrome

Harmony Reynolds, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, recently led a study that subjected 20 women to a host of tests designed to bring on physical and mental stress. The study looked for possible reasons why some of the women suffered a mysterious ailment known as broken-heart syndrome, which mimics a heart attack but generally doesn’t appear to be due to coronary artery disease. Continue reading…

Medicare is Changing: What’s New for Beneficiaries

Whether it’s coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years. Today, the nation’s flagship health-care program is seeking better ways to balance cost, quality and access. The effort could redefine the doctor-patient relationship, or it could end up a muddle of well-intentioned but unworkable government regulations. Continue reading…

Farewell message from outgoing President, David Wolinsky, MD

I am proud to say that ASNC has had an extraordinarily successful year. We have advanced the major pillars that have been the foundation of ASNC – quality, education and advocacy. New guidelines have been developed on Stressors and Tracers. Existing guidelines have reached a far broader audience with translation into Spanish. The ASNC ImageGuide Registry™, is up and running and is expected to generate its first set of quality improvement data early in 2016. Continue reading…



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