The following items are a collection of other interesting insights gleaned from CardioSurve:

Industry Training

  • Currently, two out of three (64%) cardiologists indicate that the sales representatives they engage with have definite room for improvement in terms of their scientific and clinical knowledge – specifically clinical studies, scientific guidelines and the goals of patient treatment. (February 2011)
  • Cardiologists believe that the most appropriate clinical topics for training programs directed at sales representatives include: Heart Failure (65%), Cardiac Rhythm Management (62%), Coronary Heart Disease (61%) and Hypertension (57%). (February 2011)


  • Approximately eight out of 10 cardiologists participate in their state’s Medicaid program. However, the percentage of patients enrolled in the program is rather low (14%). For Private Practices, only 10% of patients are enrolled in Medicaid, while Non-Private Practices (Medical Schools/Hospitals) indicate that 25% of their patients are enrolled in Medicaid. (March 2011)


  • The majority (61%) of cardiologists have had some level of participation in the political process. The top two ways in which they have participated are writing/calling their elected official (44%) or contributing money directly to candidates (39%). (June 2011)
  • Medical liability reform (77%) and physician payment (75%) are currently the top issues of importance to cardiologists. (June 2011)
  • The majority (70%) of cardiologists would like to receive PAC information and updates. Most of those interested would like this information monthly (20%), bi-monthly (15%), or semi-annually (33%). Email (88%) is the preferred method of contact. (June 2011)

Practice Models

  • The slight majority (55%) of cardiovascular practices are for profit although a notable number (42%) operate not-for-profit. (April 2011)
  • Most practices operate under a private practice model (44%) and fewer through employment (22%) or hospital service line (11%) models. Significantly fewer utilize a merger (6%) and foundation (5%) models. Although the majority of cardiologists classify themselves in a private practice setting, about one-third of these practices are operating within a hospital setting or very closely tied to one. Many physicians/practices still describe their practice as cardiovascular group even if integrated. (April 2011)
  • Practices operating within a hospital or medical school university setting are more likely to have the physicians and hospital jointly managing the cardiovascular service/product line (48%) instead of the hospital managing it alone (36%) or where the services lines are managed by the physicians only (14%). (April 2011)

Communications and ACC’s Role

  • Nearly all (97%) of cardiologists prefer to receive Clinical/Science communication from the ACC. Other popular topics include Practice Management/Improvement (58%), Membership Information (52%) and Advocacy information (52%). (January 2011)
  • Most cardiologists prefer to receive communications from the ACC via emails/e-newsletters (80%), followed by ACC publications such as JACC and Cardiology (63%) and ACC websites such as CardioSource* and CardioSmart (61%). (January 2011)
  • Cardiologists believe that the top three areas that the ACC can impact practices are Quality Improvement (72%), Professional Development / Educational Needs (68%), and Health Policy (63%). (June 2011)
  • Consistent with last year’s findings, cardiologists strongly believe that the top two items related to reducing cardiovascular disease are Pharmacological Interventions (82%) and Patient Counseling/Compliance (80%). (June 2011)

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