FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—July 11, 2019—MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD) and MEDNAX Radiology Solutions, one of the nation’s largest radiology practices, announced that Chief Medical Officer, Ricardo C. Cury, MD, FSCCT, will present at the 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Md. today. His session is titled“Building a National Centers of Excellence in Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA) to Support Implementation in Clinical Practice.”
“Many emergency departments lack standardized CCTA care processes or have outdated ones. This results in significant patient care variations, which ultimately leads to longer lengths of stay that decrease patient satisfaction and increase costs,” said Dr. Cury. “The MEDNAX Radiology Solutions Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program and Baptist Health South Florida in Miami led the way to develop new CCTA protocols,subspecialist interpretation coverage, and training programs for emergency department physicians, hospitalists, cardiologists, nursing staff and technologists in appropriate CCTA utilization. As a result, Baptist Health realized dramatic gains in efficiency, cost savings and patient satisfaction, including a decrease in the average per-case episode cost by more than $1,000.”
In addition to the decrease in episode cost, Baptist Health’s new CCTA protocols lead to a:
- 50% decrease in length of stay
- Low rate for major adverse cardiac events (MACE) with a negative predictive value of 99.8%
- 58.3% decrease in effective radiation dose using iterative reconstructions and tailored protocols
CCTA is a contrast-enhanced radiographic assessment of the coronary arteries. It is a non-invasive alternative that can show narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Although CCTA has been endorsed by several guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, CCTA has been slow to be adopted for low to intermediate risk chest pain patients. Through its Centers of Excellence, MEDNAX works to leverage such best-practice programs across its national network and expand services and technology nationwide to provide better and faster care for patients.
Learn More at SCCT 2019
Dr. Cury’s session will take place Thursday, July 11, 3:35PM - 3:50PM in Harbor D. He also will participate in a Read with the Experts session “Emergency Cases from Miami Baptist” on Friday, July 12, 10:30AM - 12:00PM in Break #3 (Essex A-C). For more information about MEDNAX Radiology Solutions, please visit Booth #517.
About MEDNAX Radiology Solutions
MEDNAX Radiology Solutions is recognized as an industry leader, an innovator in health care informatics and a pioneer in telemedicine. As the only national practice with a presence in all 50 states, MEDNAX Radiology Solutions serves more than 1,875 hospitals, health systems, clinics and imaging centers nationwide, reading 11.8 million studies annually through more than 825 board-certified radiologists, most of whom are subspecialty-trained. By delivering clinical excellence and continuous coverage through a combination of seamless on-the-ground and in-the-cloud radiology solutions, MEDNAX Radiology Solutions offers customized, comprehensive solutions to drive demonstrated growth and value. For more information, please visit www.mednax.com/radiology.