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CARDIOLOGY: How to organize a successful heart and vascular service line in an academic medical center

Reorganization of cardiology-related services into a cohesive heart and vascular service line in 2005 at UMass Memorial Health Care is described in this lengthy article.  The service line was built by consolidating the previously separate divisions of cardiovascular medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and endovascular surgery.  This article covers key success factors as well as major barriers and challenges.  The reorganized service line was found to have favorable outcomes financially and in other aspects over the study period from 2006 to 2011.

Special Note: There is an ORG CHART showing the relationship of the service line leadership on up to the hospital president.

Source:  Phillips, R.A., Cyr, J., Keaney, J.F., Jr., and others. (2015, Oct.). Creating and maintaining a successful service line in an academic medical center at the dawn of value-based care: Lessons learned from the heart and vascular service line at UMass Memorial Health Care. Academic Medicine, 90(10), 1340-1346.  Available for purchase here: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2015&issue=10000&article=00020&type=abstract (Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2003), rc@aha.org

 

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