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Corazon’s goal in launching this interactive space is to provide our clients and colleagues in the industry with news and updates; informative posts; company offerings; and other announcements, items, or articles relevant to the cardiovascular, neuroscience, spine, and orthopedics specialties. The Service Line Experts hope this will be a stop in your search for relevant, helpful, and worthwhile information while out on the internet! Corazon’s mission has always been to create meaningful client relationships and share advice and solutions for the challenges hospitals and practices face today. Bookmark this page and be sure to check back for ongoing updates!

The Value of Cardiovascular Accreditation

Corazon is known for accrediting cardiovascular programs of all sizes throughout the United States. Unlike other accrediting bodies, however, Corazon Accreditation is more than just a means to achieve state requirements. We are a strategic partner, one who’s value comes from a collaborative and consultative approach to accreditation, not just checking off boxes. Simply put,…

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Resiliency vs Burnout in Healthcare

  Authored by Carol Wesley, RN, MSN/MHA   Resiliency. I remember hearing that word a lot throughout nursing school and then during my career. But what exactly is resiliency? Is it something that is inherited, or simply learned over time? Resilience is a useful and highly adaptive trait that is described as the ability to…

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Cardiac Cath Laboratory Efficiency

Have you ever wondered whether your cardiac cath lab was running as efficiently as possible? Would you be able to gauge its efficiency? And most importantly, are these considerations even important? Well, in this ever-changing healthcare environment, it is of the utmost importance to be able to deliver services in a cost-effective manner while maintaining…

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The Women Who Shaped Modern Healthcare

To celebrate women’s history month in March, I wanted to highlight three of the amazing women who helped shape modern medicine. These women embody the strength, resilience, and intelligence of women who made their mark in a male-dominated field. Florence Nightingale The first woman I would like to feature is Florence Nightingale. Florence is known…

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Final CMS Payment Systems for CY22

As a follow up to the October 18, 2021 blog post, “The FY 2022 Reimbursement Outlook,” CMS has since finalized the 3 rulings for the following payments systems: (1) Hospital Outpatient Payments (2) Ambulatory Surgery Center Payments, and (3) Physician Fee Schedule Payments.  All three rulings will go into effect on January 1, 2022.  Below…

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Expansion of EP Services

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart arrhythmia, and according to the CDC, its prevalence has only been increasing, a trend that will continue.  In fact, estimates reveal that 12.1 million people in the United States will have AF by 2030 (CDC, 2021).  However, it is encouraging that steady progress and advances in novel…

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The FY 2022 Reimbursement Outlook

Healthcare is an ever-changing entity – so it’s no wonder hospitals can encounter difficulty with keeping aware of reimbursement updates, especially while enduring a pandemic and all of its challenges to our industry over the last 18 months!  If you didn’t get a chance to read the 700+ page Federal Register, the summary below includes…

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Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines on Patient Blood Management

Earlier this year, on June 30th, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, in partnership with other organizations, released updated blood conservation clinical practice guidelines addressing an evidenced-based, multi-modal, and multi-disciplinary approach to conserving blood resources, in addition to optimizing outcomes in patients at high risk for transfusion. These guidelines have…

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Strategic planning for growth post COVID

The coronavirus (COVID-19) fundamentally changed the landscape of hospitals and health systems in 2020 and leaders are now charged with developing post-pandemic growth strategies which involve developing priorities that reflect a new reality. In order to not only survive but to grow and thrive post COVID, hospital and healthcare system leaders need to be forward-thinking…

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Raising the Bar in PV Care

Before joining Corazon’s team of experts, I was fortunate to spend my last clinical assignment in a peripheral-vascular lab. Our services covered PAD (peripheral artery disease), but we also cared for a huge population of renal fistula/catheter patients. Due to the reoccurrence of problems involved with renal access sites, our renal patients returned on a…

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Initial Considerations for Successful PCI Program Expansion to Open Heart Surgery

Many hospitals nationwide have seen the benefits of expanding invasive cardiac services to include PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) without open heart surgery on-site.   Although these hospitals have the opportunity to provide advanced interventional cardiac care, they are limited as per the SCAI/ACC/AHA Expert Consensus Document:  Update on Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Without On-Site Surgical Backup that…

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Optimizing your TAVR Program

A recent article in Circulation, published online ahead of print, addressed a retrospective cohort study using data from the STS/ACC TVT Registry which concluded that significant differences in the quality of TAVR care exists, particularly, variations in mortality and major complications after TAVR procedures in the United States (Desai et al, 2021). The study also…

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Advocating for our Healthcare

Working in the industry, whether as a clinician at the patient bedside; in Administration or a Quality, Finance, or Ancillary Department; as a supply or equipment vendor; or in healthcare consulting, we can all relate to the importance of patient advocacy and the reason behind why many of us have chosen to join the remarkable…

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The Business Case for TAVR

WHY TAVR? When TAVR first emerged, this procedure was primarily performed in academic, quaternary, tertiary-type centers. But as time goes on, more and more community-based open-heart centers are offering TAVR as well. There is no question that TAVR is growing at a rapid pace, but there are many more entrants into the market. At Corazon…

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Transitioning into a Service Line Structure

In the past, hospitals were organized around departments or services like the catheterization lab, non-invasive labs, outpatient cardiology offices, etc.  In contrast, a service line is organized around programs or patient types regardless of where they originate (inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory care centers).  The goal of organizing this way is to create value by leveraging…

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Quality Cannot Take a Back Seat, Even in a Pandemic

Quality has always been a factor that carries significant weight among consumers when seeking new products or services. When considering quality in healthcare, it is the foundation upon which a strong reputation and overall success of an organization is built. Certainly, consumers are driven to healthcare institutions that pride themselves on high-quality care, and many…

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Regulatory Changes in Cardiac Care

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was first introduced in 1974 by pioneer Andreas Grüntzig and has evolved to include multiple devices in the treatment of complex coronary anatomy.  The use of PCI has progressively grown over the past 30 years, mostly in part due to expanded indications, improved equipment, the continued evolution of coronary stents, along…

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TAVR: The New Standard of Care?

The new ACC valvular heart disease guidelines, released in 2020, recognize the expanding role of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the intervention choices available for a patient with severe aortic stenosis.  This focused update provides evidence-based recommendations to optimize care and management of patients with valvular heart disease, and highlights the expanding indications for…

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PCI in the Ambulatory Setting

In 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) added pacemaker implants to the list of approved procedures that could be performed and reimbursed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).  In 2019, diagnostic cath procedures were added to the list, and in 2020, six cardiac percutaneous interventional (PCI) procedures were approved.  This was done in…

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Neuro-interventions in the Cardiac Cath Lab?

Savvy organizations can realize great success with cardiac procedural volumes in their cath labs with clinical excellence, operational efficiency, and positive impact on the bottom line.  But sustaining volume or growing for the future can be a bit more challenging, especially in these uncertain times. Discussions around program growth are usually accompanied by questions about…

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Women’s Specialty Centers by Vicki Lucas

Women’s Specialty Centers (WSC) are often a collaboration between service lines as a business development strategy that benefits both partners.  For example, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) has a National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health (WHC) and the Knight Cardio-vascular Institute (KCI).  Both are well-funded and nationally recognized but they previously lived in…

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Best Practice Perspectives: External Peer Review

The concept of peer review within healthcare service lines can be likened to a type of preventive maintenance, much like hospital equipment  that involves regularly-scheduled check-ups to avoid a costly fix.   Because, why wait for an event to trigger an investigative review and subsequent expensive repair or replacement?  In many situations the “retrospective” review comes…

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Chest Pain Center Accreditation

In a recent article published in Cath Lab Digest on the Rationale for Developing a Chest Pain Center, accreditation was briefly discussed as one way to position a chest pain center for success.  Not only does accreditation provide a means to validate quality and improve program performance, but also differentiates a program in the community. …

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Interim Professionals: A Value Proposition With Results

Turnover in a hospital or physician practice setting is inevitable, but within the healthcare industry, continuity and consistency are the hallmarks of an efficient, effective service line – the foundation of all successful specialty programs.  With continual changes in reimbursement, regulations, and an increasingly competitive landscape for talent, losing key leadership with any specialty area…

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Corazon’s Levels of Accreditation

The cardiovascular service line continues to be a primary focus for regulatory bodies, quality groups, and professional clinical organizations, and as a result, remains competitive for hospitals in markets across the country. Many hospital leaders need to consider strategies for market distinction, including program accreditation. Gaining momentum as a differentiator, formal accreditation of either the…

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Facts about Atrial Fibrillation

At this time last year, could anyone have thought that the world would be facing a near year-long global pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? In consideration of the ongoing shortage of hospital beds in many areas across the country, now more than ever the healthcare industry as a whole needs to be mindful…

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“Post” COVID-19

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to question what the future may hold from a personal, professional, and economic perspective, especially when considering the virus continues to spread with hospitalization and mortality rates still increasing daily in many areas of the country. Additional lingering concerns: Social distancing measures that…

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Patient Navigation for Spine

In celebration of World Spine Day 2020 today, always on October 16, Corazon wants to support the mission of calling attention to the importance of spinal health, along with the need for effective programmatic organization and management of spine care.  Spine is a core specialty for many hospitals, and continues to offer the potential to…

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Placement Strategies in the Social Media World: What works and what doesn’t

Industry debate regarding the best way to recruit for healthcare positions in today’s competitive and pandemic-affected market is at an all-time high. Healthcare recruiters of younger generations support social media strategies, citing how this approach saves time, increases reach, and multiplies efficiency, while more traditionalist recruiters swear by more enduring methods like phone calls, job…

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ASC Trends for 2021

Is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in your strategic plan for the near future?  If not, it maybe should be! ASCs have not only proven to be more convenient, offering a streamlined and personalized experience for the patient, but also have shown to be significantly more efficient and economically sound for many surgical specialties, including…

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COVID-19 Impact on Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Volumes

Since COVID-19 showed up in December of 2019, every area of medicine has been affected, and Cardiology is no exception. The number of cases cardiologists have performed since the coronavirus pandemic began has drastically declined. Corazon accredits cardiovascular catheterization labs across the country to perform percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). Through this accreditation, we monitor client…

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COVID-19: The New Normal

In this new normal for the healthcare industry, we can’t escape asking clients and colleagues how COVID-19 has affected current service offerings.  While bracing for change was something to prioritize and evaluate during the early months of the pandemic, now we see hospitals getting ‘back to business.’ All hospitals should now be working to restart…

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9 Key Clinical and Business Facts to Grow Your Peripheral Vascular Program

In our ever-challenging industry, hospitals across the country have begun to enhance their capabilities in the cath lab by augmenting like-volume procedures.  Typically, cardiac procedures such as diagnostic catheterizations and coronary intervention (i.e., PCI) have ruled lab utilization, but due to declining inpatient volume trends, technology advances, and focus on more complex procedures such as…

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Welcome to Corazon’s Blog

Welcome to Corazon’s  Blog! Our goal in launching this interactive space is to provide our clients and colleagues in the industry with news and updates; informative posts; company offerings; and other announcements, items, or articles relevant to the cardiovascular, neuroscience, and orthopedics specialties.  We hope this will be a stop in your search for relevant,…

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