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Regardless of the cause, there is no doubt that utilization patterns are changing and that, for the most part, they are declining. Whether this trend continues time will tell and, more importantly, whether it will be enough to offset the Baby Boom impact and pending cardiology retirements remains to be seen. As reality plays out, we’ll find out together which was the greater mega trend!

For over 14 years Joel was CEO of a large Midwestern multi-specialty group that included 23 cardiologists. In 2009 he led the integration of his group into their primary hospital system and assumed leadership of all its employed physicians.  He joined MedAxiom Consulting in March, 2012. MedAxiom Consulting partners with organizations, offering expansive knowledge of healthcare delivery systems and performance improvement to help you implement customized, yet scientifically

sound initiatives. Engagements and projects have specific and unique attributes but primarily fall into nine (9) main areas including Physician Compensation, Cardiovascular Service Line Management, Integration and Alignment Strategies, HospitalPhysician Alignment, Strategy and Program Development, Operations and Performance Management, Financial Performance and Coding Accuracy, Clinical Quality, and  Market and Business Development.

RATIO OF CATH TO TOTAL COGNITIVE ENCOUNTERS IMPACT

2012 DATA

Median Group Size (FTEs)

16

Total Cognitive Encounters per FTE

2,819

Total Cognitive Encounters per Median Group

45,104

Expected Caths in 2008 (6.7%)

3,022

Expected Caths in 2012 (5.2%)

2,345

Difference 677 Table 2

600

OP Echo

400

OP Nuclear

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IP Nuclear

3

IP Echo

300 200

Catherterizations

100 0

Source: Organisation for Economic Growth & Development (OEGD). 1

500

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

2

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, September 22, 2009 4

Source: 2013 MedAxiom Annual Survey

5

Graph 1 – Trends in Key Cardiovascular Volumes

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Profile for ASE - American Society of Echocardiography

Echo VOL 2 | Issue 1  

Echo VOL 2 | Issue 1  

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