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

  • The majority (63%) of cardiologists believe they have good professional relationships with hospital administration. However, they tend to be a bit tepid in regards to hospital administrators listening to physician concerns and responding appropriately - only 36% agree that they listen and respond appropriately, while 27% feel that they do not. (September 2011)
  • The reputation of hospital-based physicians and specialists practicing at the hospital (60%); the reputation of the hospital (59%), the convenience of the hospital for patient and family (59%), and past experience of patients (54%) are the leading factors when it comes to which hospitals cardiologists choose to refer their patients. (September 2011)
  • Some of the factors not generally taken into account when it comes to referring patients to hospitals:
    • Economic conditions of the patient (10%)
    • The cost of hospital services (10%)
    • Likelihood of hospital to refer patients to a practice (10%)
    • Religious preference (5%)
      (September 2011)
  • Approximately 6 out of 10 cardiologists say they utilize all nuclear cardiac imaging studies in the hospital setting. (November 2011)
  • Sixty-one percent of cardiologists say they maintain capacity in practice for conducting nuclear imaging studies and bill these studies through the Medicare physician fee schedule. Only 2% maintain capacity in practice for nuclear imaging studies, but do not bill these studies through the Medicare physician fee schedule. (November 2011)