Heart Failure

Social network for heart failure community debuts

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation has created Together in HF , a social network for members of the heart failure community.

HeartWare International buys CircuLite

HeartWare International buys CircuLite

HeartWare International, Inc., which specializes in advance heart failure technology, has acquired CircuLite, the developer of the SYNERGY Circulatory Support System.

Diuretics vastly overused: study

By

An "epidemic" of inappropriate diuretic prescribing is hitting seniors, a top researcher says. The drugs are widely overused to treat arterial hypertension, heart failure and renal disease, said Martin Wehling, M.D., in a recent issue of JAMDA.

Heart failure patients surviving longer

By

Mortality rates have declined for patients with advanced heart failure during the past two decades, according to new research from UCLA. Still, a third of patients do not survive more than three years after being diagnosed with advanced heart failure, investigators said.

Skyrocketing spending on post-acute care shows need for large bundled payment groups, researchers argue

By

Post-acute care was the fastest growing major healthcare spending category for government programs between 1994-2009, according to recently released research. The results support large-scale bundled payments as a way to control costs, the researchers argued.

New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says

New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says

By

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changing the way hospital readmission penalties are calculated as part of its 2014 Medicare rate update. Potential readmissions penalties for long-term care providers — such as those recently floated by the White House — would likely be based on the established CMS formula for hospitals.

Low-cost drug could cut heart patient rehospitalizations by a third, researchers find

By

The drug digoxin, also known as digitalis, may be an inexpensive way to cut the rehospitalization rate of heart failure patients by more than 30%, according to researchers.

Researchers urge a broad-based approach to cut Medicare rehospitalizations

By

Efforts to reduce the rehospitalization rate for older patients should not strictly focus on measures tied to particular diseases or diagnoses, researchers recently proposed.

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

By

If you might have had the notion that anxious long-term care providers have been taking the hubbub over rehospitalization rates a bit too seriously, a newly posted study shouts otherwise.

Day to Day Management of Heart Failure Patients by the Primary Care Physician - EXPIRED

Day to Day Management of Heart Failure Patients by the Primary Care Physician - EXPIRED

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, primarily due to the effects of heart disease and stroke. The goal of this activity is to educate primary care clinicians on the evidence-based treatment of heart failure and provide guidance for commonly encountered clinical dilemmas.

Numerous social factors tied to readmission risk for pneumonia and heart failure patients, study says

By

Providers should consider social factors, such as race, gender and whether a person is a nursing home resident, when assessing readmission risk among pneumonia and heart failure patients, new research finds.

MedPAC: A quarter of Medicare hospital readmissions are preventable

By

One-quarter of hospital admissions among Medicare beneficiaries are preventable, with the leading cause for those readmissions is heart failure, a Medicare advisory board report noted.

Pacemaker could be effective in milder form of heart failure, study finds

By

A pacemaker typically only used in advanced cases of heart failure could be an effective treatment in milder cases too, according to Swedish researchers.

Study: Antidepressant Paxil might prevent heart failure

By

The medication has shown promise in strengthening the heart, new research suggests.

Seniors with untreated sleep apnea have higher risk of cardiovascular death, study finds

By

Seniors with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk for dying from a cardiovascular problem, according to a new Spanish study.

Hospital-based efforts to prevent readmissions for heart conditions found to be lacking, research finds

Hospital-based efforts to prevent readmissions for heart conditions found to be lacking, research finds

Comprehensive plans to prevent hospital readmissions for heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in U.S. hospitals are spotty at best, new research suggests.

Donut hole dangers

Donut hole dangers

By

It's well established that nursing home residents frequently struggle with conditions such as heart failure and depression. It's also true that critics of nursing home care are quick to blame these conditions on substandard care

Minorities have lower utilization of hospice, have higher overall costs, research finds

By

While enrollment in hospice is soaring, nonwhite Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure are 20% less likely to use hospice, a new study finds.

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

By

Three Affordable Care Act initiatives often touted as coordinating care and improving outcomes for elderly adults could actually make their circumstances worse, a new study suggests.

Overnight breathing therapy holds promise for chronic heart failure, research finds

By

An overnight breathing treatment called adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy was shown to be helpful in individuals with chronic heart failure, new research suggests.

Common antibiotic linked to risk of sudden death, study finds

By

An antibiotic frequently used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis is linked to a higher risk of sudden death in adults, particularly those with heart conditions, a new study reveals.

Heart failure readmission rates tied to regional socioeconomic factors, research shows

Heart failure readmission rates tied to regional socioeconomic factors, research shows

By

Socioeconomic differences and factors such as the availability of physicians have a bigger impact on readmission rates for heart failure than a provider's performance, a new study asserts.

No decrease for heart failure mortality rates after pharmacist visit, study says

Consultations with pharmacists, in collaboration with physicians in community-based settings, did not lower mortality and hospitalization rates of heart failure patients, new research finds.

Nursing homes and hospitals work together to lower readmission rates

Techniques such as screening for sepsis and a standardized discharge form have helped to lower the rate of rehospitalized nursing home patients in Florida.

Study: Heart failure hospitalizations dropped significantly over 10 years

The likelihood of being hospitalized for heart failure was roughly 30% less in 2008 than 1998, a new study revealed.

Study: Type of insurance tied to heart failure outcomes

Heart failure patients who are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries — or who are uninsured — are less likely to receive essential treatments and tend to be hospitalized for longer periods of time than those who are privately insured, a new study finds.

Transitional care programs lower hospital readmission rates, two studies show

Seniors who leave hospitals and are placed in transitional care programs are far less likely to be return, two new studies assert. The authors cite both health and cost benefits of these post-acute options.

Tai chi improves mood and quality of life in heart failure patients, report says

Tai chi exercises might be able to help improve heart failure patients' quality of life, mood and confidence, new research finds.

Study: Elderly heart failure patients discharged to nursing homes face higher risks

Elderly heart failure patients who need skilled nursing care after discharge from the hospital face a higher risk of poor outcomes and even death, according to the American Heart Association.

Mixed bag for heart failure patients: less time in hospital but bigger risks at home

First the good news: Medicare beneficiaries are experiencing shorter hospital stays and lower rates of in-hospital deaths after suffering heart failure. Now the not-so-good news: Out-of-hospital deaths and readmission rates are rising, according to a new study. Discharges to nursing homes also are increasing.