Concurrent Cardiovascular Session Abstracts

Product Line Management
Friday, November 14, 2003 10:45 – 11:45 am
Speaker: Philip L. Ronning, BA, MHA

Cardiac services has led the product line management movement for over fifteen years. The movement is now at a crossroads. Many institutions are dismantling the product and service line organizations. Is the revolution dead or is it in need of revitalization? This session will track the development of product line management, diagnose the current environment and make specific recommendations for reenergizing product line structures as well as predicting future trends in the evolution of this important organizational model

Planning and Implementing a 21st Century Heart Center
Friday, November 14, 2003, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Speaker: Linda R. Larin, MBA              

What factors must be considered and what planning must take place to implement a successful heart center facility? Join this session for a review of the strategic planning process, community needs assessment and facility development necessary for a state of the art cardiac center.

Performance Standards in Cardiovascular Care
Friday, November 14, 2003, 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Speaker: Jeffrey Frazier, MS

Despite tremendous advances in saving lives and lowering mortality rates, government agencies and major payors are focusing a spotlight on provider utilization patterns and financial practices putting them under intense scrutiny. Many physicians and hospitals are under formal investigation for recommending potentially unnecessary surgeries and other cardiovascular procedures. Find out how to evaluate the performance of your program against the results of peers and competitors and identify opportunities for improvement in the quality of cardiovascular services at your institution.

Implementing the JCAHO AMI Core Measure Set: Surviving the Quality Fear Factor
Friday, November 14, 2003, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Dianne Lanham, RN,MSN,CPHQ 

Review the historical background on the JCAHO Oryx Initiative and the JCAHO AMI Core Measure Set of indicators. Find out how The Chester County Hospital designed a quality program around the AMI Core Measure Set, specifically detailing the processes put into place to ensure quality performance. Data results and the data collection process will be outlined as well as how they continue to measure, assess and improve the outcomes of AMI patients.

Shaping Medicare Policies for Greater CV Program Success
Speaker: Tom Meskan
Saturday, November 15, 2003, 8:00 – 9:00 am

An important component of meeting budgets and operating objectives is ensuring that the program and hospital take the necessary steps to gain appropriate reimbursement from insurers. While this activity often is pursued in the context of contracting and appropriate coding, the increasing intensity of competition for the Medicare dollar suggests that administrators need to consider how they can influence the overall flow of Medicare dollars into cardiovascular care. Tom Meskan will discuss the need for cardiovascular programs to join together to influence CMS and Congressional approaches to Medicare policy.

The Economic Impact of a Growing EP Program
Saturday, November 15, 2003, 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Speaker: Chris Miller

Cost, reimbursement and care delivery models continue to dominate cardiac administrators’ concerns. Nowhere is this more evident than in EP services. Expanded indications for ICDs and implantable devices for the heart failure patient have led administrators to assess not only the profitability of these services but also whether to provide these services to their patients. Understanding the reimbursement issues and cost drivers for these devices will give you a clearer picture of how EP services can be profitable and positioned within a cardiac program

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