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MedAxiom HeartTalk

Hot Topics. Candid Conversations. 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.... Show More

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May 20, 2020 42 min
“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...
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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 v...
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May 8, 2020 14 min
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.
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May 1, 2020 14 min
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.
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April 24, 2020 35 min
“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.

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April 17, 2020 38 min
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 fac...
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April 10, 2020 21 min
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 unprecedente...
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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 unpreceden...
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April 3, 2020 22 min
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.
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March 23, 2020 43 min
"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 Med...
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If you’ve been thinking about outsourcing revenue cycle services, you are not alone. According to Black Book Market Research, demand for outsourcing these services grew 48% from 2015 to 2019. But is outsourcing right for your program? In this episode, Nicole Knight, LPN, CPC, CCS-P, Vice President of MedAxiom’s Revenue Cycle Solutions and Consulting, shares the ins and outs of outsourcing and the two questions you should ask before...
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February 19, 2020 34 min
Having the right number of staff at the top of their license is an ongoing challenge for every CV program, but it is vital to patient care, operational efficiency, and the bottom line. We talked with MedAxiom members from Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Bart Reeves and Dr. Geoffrey Rose, about their data-driven approach to rightsizing staff that has boosted physician productivity, created transparency, and achieved organizat...
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February 11, 2020 43 min
To start, mix one cup of expertise, spoonful of humility, and dash of instinct.

MedAxiom's Ginger Biesbrock, Sarah Brown of Saint Luke's, and Eve Mogadam of Virginia Heart, discuss what qualities make a successful CV APP and how to cultivate these among your care team. Plus, learn what to look for during the hiring process, as well as strategies for continued education for your APP team.
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January 22, 2020 39 min
Physicians are facing increased scrutiny over their procedural complications. What happens when quality data identifies an outlier? How do you have that conversation with the physician? In this episode, interventional cardiologist Jeffrey Wescott, MD, Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute, and psychologist Mark Masters, PhD, Baptist Heart Specialists, describe what has worked for them and the role dyad leadership has played in their...
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December 11, 2019 29 min
Are you wondering about CPT code changes for cardiology for 2020? Looking for clarity on E/M codes, NCCI edits, MCCs, and risk adjustment? In this episode, we feature the experts of MedAxiom's Revenue Cycle Consulting team – Nicole Knight, Joline Bruder, and Jammie Quimby – for their insights about what to expect and how to prepare for 2020 coding and reimbursement changes.
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The American College of Cardiology's recent acquisition of MedAxiom has created a powerful, new professional home for the entire cardiovascular team. The new organization is uniquely positioned to combine rich data resources and collaborate with physicians, industry, and payors to serve all cardiovascular model needs. Join us for a conversation with MedAxiom's new president, Jerry Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC, about what inspir...
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September 25, 2019 35 min
Tracking metrics and comparing them to external benchmarks is a critical part of assessing performance and monitoring how you rank against competitors and peers. Benchmarks give context to program gaps, help frame decisions, and aid in program design and planning to ultimately improve the delivery of patient care. The importance of cardiovascular services specific benchmarking is what led MedAxiom to develop our annual Cardiovascul...
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September 11, 2019 33 min
As measured by wRVUs, the productivity of advanced practice providers (APPs) has been on the rise since 2015. Although this is good news for patient access and revenue growth, there is still room for improvement. In this episode, we talk with Ginger Biesbrock, Senior Vice President of Consulting at MedAxiom, about the challenges and best practices for optimizing APPs to the top of their licensure. Ginger shares the APP productivity...
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August 28, 2019 25 min
What inspired you to choose the path toward cardiovascular services? What drives you to continue your journey to care for patients or serve in your role?

Terri McDonald, MedAxiom's newest consultant, shares the "why" behind her decision to pursue a CV nursing career, and how the personal impact of one patient's experience drove her to make a critical career change. We talk with Terri about her recent role as a heart...
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Direct to provider contracts are beneficial from a quality and health economics perspective but they can limit care to the patients they are designed to serve. Joe Sasson, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of MedAxiom Ventures, shares some innovative solutions that would offer better access between providers and payers.
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