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Mary Beth Nierengarten
Improving heart failure outcomes with mobile apps
At the 2015 AHA Fall Conference, Zubin J. Eapen, MD discussed the movement of physician-patient communication to preventative care. Mobile communication is emerging as the new way to contact patients.
ACOs showing payment reform possible
According to comments made by Michael Chernew, PhD of the Harvard Medical School at the ACC meeting, the healthcare system must transform its payment methods. ACOs may be a solution to control spending.
The complexity of atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AF), once thought of as a disease with a simple diagnosis, is now being seen as a disease of great complexity and now requires clinical judgement for effective managing.
Medical Therapy Excellent for Pediatric Heart Failure
The conclusion of a talk by Melanie Everitt, MD, Director Heart Transplantation, Children's Hospital Colorado is that medical therapy should be optimized first before moving on to treatment of children suffering from heart failure with a device or transplantation.
Old guidelines still appropriate for blood-pressure targets
Despite recently published hypertension guidelines for those over the age of 60, it is still appropriate to focus on blood pressure targets set by an older guideline recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Market transition to fee for value: Practical implications
Key market trends are placing pressure on healthcare providers to adapt new ways of delivering care more efficiently while improving patient outcomes. Cardiovascular care (and the importance of coordinating cardiovascular care) is critical because it comprises a significant portion of the overall healthcare spend, particularly in light of changing demographics.
New guidelines on statin therapy
New guidelines on the treatment of cholesterol highlight four groups of people who will most likely benefit from statin therapy, and emphasize the need to tailor stain therapy to meet the individualized needs of each patient.
Improving outcomes by engaging in social media
Cardiologists should get involved with social media and set the standard for the medical industry, said Kevin R. Campbell, MD, at the 2015 ACC conference.
Rate or rhythm control depends on patient
For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), management may be both challenging and multimodal, and treatment with rate or rhythm control is all about quality of life and managing symptoms. Whether to opt for rate or rhythm control is based on patient specific factors, with patient preference a key factor shared by both treatment strategies.
Nonclinical competencies physicians need to survive
As increasing numbers of physicians are called into leadership positions, new skills are needed to meet the many nonclinical demands required to fill these positions.

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