The government has proposed doubling the percentage of Medicare payments for large group practices tied to quality of care from 1% in 2015 to 2% in 2016. The draft proposal also would add midsize physician groups to the payment plan in 2016 rather than in 2017.
The American Heart Association has released its annual ranking of research advances. Extended CPR, renal denervation, treatments for children with heart disease and a number of stroke studies are among the developments cited on the list.
St. Louis-based CardiaLen has obtained $2.4 million in a funding round. The startup is preparing to conduct clinical studies of an implantable device that the company says can allow patients with atrial fibrillation to receive pain-free cardioversion treatment.
Technology developed by researchers and physicians at McKesson and the Rabin Medical Center in Israel allows patients and family members to view a coronary catheterization live on an iPad. "This is the beginning of a new medical era," said interventional cardiologist Dr. Ran Kornowsky, who headed up the project. "This is a different kind of experience that enables the performance of medicine at eye level."