Practice Management

Heart attack patients aged 65 and up stay hospitalized longer than those aged 65 or under—yet the seniors ring up significantly smaller bills per stay. The bad news is that the “savings” likely come in the form of fewer percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs, aka angioplasties) to open blocked heart arteries nonsurgically.

Montana offers the most favorable work environment for physicians in 2019, according to a new report from WalletHub that ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 18 different metrics.

An internal review by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital uncovered 13 cases in which heart surgery patients were harmed by medical care from 2015 to 2018 but that went unreported until recently. Florida law requires such incidents to be reported within 15 days, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Two new lawsuits have been filed against Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the fourth and fifth malpractice complaints involving heart transplants at the Houston hospital since the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica exposed problems with its transplant program last year.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center appointed a new president and restructured other staff after an investigation from the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica found mistakes at the Houston-based hospital’s heart transplant center led to patient deaths.