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Cardiovascular leaders discuss today’s most innovative ideas and pressing challenges, with the goal to transform cardiovascular care for all. Top cardiologists, hospital administrators, industry experts and consultants talk patient care, physician culture, financial management, new technology, legislation and more.
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Patient access is a significant challenge, and the pandemic only made things worse. On MedAxiom HeartTalk, one patient describes the struggles he faced as he underwent heart surgery during the peak of COVID-19. Plus, Providence Health's Dr. Ty Gluckman and MedAxiom's Ginger Biesbrock share innovative solutions to the patient access problem and strategies for putting the patient at the center of care.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, so why are only 13% of cardiologists and 4.5% of practicing interventionalists women? On MedAxiom HeartTalk, host Melanie Lawson talks with Dr. Pamela Rama and Dr. Ruby Satpathy of Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. As part of a team that includes six female cardiologists, they share how you can empower the women in your organization and why having workforce diversity benefits your care team and patients.
COVID-19 has disrupted the healthcare system and forced CV programs to transform the way they deliver care. With a new year and new host, Melanie Lawson, MedAxiom HeartTalk explores the concept of innovation and how to leverage the lessons learned in 2020. We talk with MedAxiom's Ginger Biesbrock, EVP of Care Transformation, and Taylr Jesinger, VP of Innovation, to discuss why they're so passionate about cardiovascular health and how that passion drives them towards innovation and improving the future of care for all.
Whether there’s a need to expand office space or acquire real estate, CV programs need capital and property management expertise. But few have sufficient amounts of either, in-house. That’s where a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) can help. On MedAxiom HeartTalk, Dan Klein and Mark Dukes from Physicians Realty Trust – better known as DOC – discuss how you can partner with a REIT to relieve the burden that comes with managing real estate portfolios.
This conversation was recorded back in February 2020. We'd planned to release the episode, but then the pandemic hit, and everyone's world turned upside down. So much has changed in the last several months, and we know many of you are finding yourselves in unsettling times. So we thought you might appreciate a pre-Covid escape to this discussion on physician satisfaction.About 30% of cardiologists say they feel the effects of burnout. "Engagement is the inverse of burnout," says Edward Fry, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Chair of the Cardiovascular Service Lines for St. Vincent Medical Group and Ascension Health. As a practicing cardiologist and dyad leader, Fry intimately understands the complexities of this issue. He believes practical steps can be taken to create an environment where physicians and care teams are recognized and have some positive control over their professional lives.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) has become the preferred test for diagnosing coronary artery disease. Although the clinical advantages are many, implementing a cardiac PET program requires planning, training, new technologies, and change management to challenge CV leadership.In this episode, we talk with two physicians who have led the execution of cardiac PET programs and myocardial blood flow (MBF). Cardiologist Gary Heller, MD, Medical Director of Molecular Imaging Services, is the first physician to establish a PET program in Connecticut and has been involved in many other implementations since. Richard Thompson, MD, a cardiologist with Health First Medical Group, championed his organization’s recent cardiac PET program implementation.MISmedical.commwilson@mismedical.com - Mark Wilson, EVP of Sales & Business Development
We can see COVID-19's seismic impact on CV patient care, but what’s happening beneath the surface? Revenue cycle teams report massive shifts as well. Nicole Knight, MedAxiom’s VP of Revenue Cycle Solutions and Consulting, explains how to make the most of these changes, embrace virtual technologies and prepare for what’s coming in 2021.
COVID-19 has accelerated the shift toward delivering remote care and using digital platforms to monitor patients. Many have embraced telehealth visits, but what else can CV providers do to monitor and care for patients outside the clinic? Here to answer that question are MedAxiom HeartTalk guests Todd Butka, Founder and CEO of cardiac device data management software company, Murj, and Jude Hebert, RN, BSN, Executive Vice President of Nursing Services at Cardiovascular Institute of the South.
In a CV practice, good communication between physicians and the coding team is vital. Still, coders and physicians usually work in different office areas – often in separate buildings – and everyone has a packed schedule. When coders find inaccuracies or missing elements in the documentation, it's tough to communicate them. In this episode, MedAxiom's Revenue Cycle Solutions Consultants – Joline Bruder, CPC, CPMA, CCVTC, CGSC and Jammie Quimby, CPC, CCC, CEMC, CCS-P, CPMA, CRC, CDEO – discuss strategies for breaking down these barriers and establishing effective relationships between physicians and coders.
Patient access remains a top concern for cardiovascular (CV) programs across the country. Its broad scope and complex dynamics make it a tricky problem to solve. To pave the way for open access, CV organizations must create governance and leadership structures that support a culture of access. In this episode, Joseph Goeke, MD, FACC, of St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, and MedAxiom’s Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC, offer insights on how to do just that.
The New Normal

The New Normal

2020-05-2042:18

“It’s not going to be getting back to normal; it’s going to be getting back to hopefully something better than normal, in terms of our care,” says Edward Fry, MD, FACC, Chair of the Cardiovascular Service Lines for St. Vincent Medical Group and Ascension Health. As they cautiously and steadily move toward reemergence, Dr. Fry describes the challenges of their dual focus – protect patients and staff from COVID-19 exposure, but still provide the high-caliber care that cardiovascular disease demands.
Guests explain why PET imaging is their modality of choice for stress testing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Christopher Douglas, MD, FACC, Interventional Cardiologist, and Jamie Branch, Lead Imaging Technologist, both from Heart & Vascular at Hattiesburg Clinic, also share how their organization has adapted protocols to keep patients and employees safe as pandemic restrictions ease and patient volumes become a new version of normal.
MedAxiom’s Nicole Knight, LPN, CPC, CCS-P, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Solutions and Consulting, shares the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis, covering top-of-mind issues for MedAxiom members and her pick for Story of the Week – an uplifting experience in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
MedAxiom’s Lori Walsh, MHSA, Executive Vice President of Membership and Operations, and Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC, Senior Vice President of Consulting, share the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis. They cover top-of-mind issues for MedAxiom members, legislative updates from Capitol Hill, and their picks for Story of the Week – uplifting experiences in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
“COVID is an amazing animal – it has no bounds…This is the time for the house of medicine to come together to try to treat these patients until we have a vaccine,” says Cathie Biga, CEO and President of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois.“I can’t think of a reasonable analogy for the rapidity with which meaningful changes have occurred as have happened with COVID-19,” posits Dr. Jerry Blackwell, President of MedAxiom. MedAxiom HeartTalk’s dynamic duo shares the latest on the COVID-19 crisis, covering top-of-mind issues for MedAxiom members, legislative updates from Capitol Hill, and their picks for Story of the Week – uplifting experiences in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
Hear the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis, with a focus on telehealth, from Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute's Jenny Villafane, Director of Virtual Care, and William Downey, MD, Vice Chair of Quality and Care Transformation, along with MedAxiom's Ginger Biesbrock, Senior VP of Consulting. They cover top-of-mind issues for MedAxiom members and their picks for Story of the Week – uplifting experiences in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
MedAxiom's Lori Walsh, MHSA, Executive Vice President of Membership and Operations, and Nicole Knight, LPN, CPC, CCS-P, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Solutions and Consulting, share the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis. They cover top-of-mind issues for MedAxiom members, legislative updates from Capitol Hill, and their picks for Story of the Week - innovation and courageous leadership in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
The MedAxiom Community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been "nothing short of amazing," says Joel Sauer, Executive VP of Consulting for MedAxiom. Just as expected, MedAxiom members immediately rallied to share valuable information. Unexpected, however, was the speed at which change took place – what traditionally takes months or years to implement, the CV community actualized in a matter of days. This unprecedented pivot is a win-win for patients and providers, but what happens after this crisis has subsided? Will adaptability prevail in a post-pandemic world?
Dr. Jerry Blackwell, President of MedAxiom, and Cathie Biga, CEO and President of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, share the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis. They cover top-of-mind issues for MedAxiom members, legislative updates from Capitol Hill, and their picks for Story of the Week - innovation and courageous leadership in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
"Let's face it - people are scared," says Dr. Geoffrey Rose, President of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. "We thought we were ready, but the reality is we cannot find masks," says Cathie Biga, President and CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois. "For coders and billing staff, it's wanting those black and white answers that are just not out there right now," says Nicole Knight, VP of MedAxiom Revenue Cycle Solutions and Consulting. In this episode, these three experts who've been handling COVID-19 from the front lines share their unique perspectives on how to manage the human impact this pandemic is having on care teams and offer advice on "Staying Calm in the Storm."
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