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Caring for more hearts

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and therefore makes up a significant portion of hospital and healthcare services. Documentation for the most common cardiovascular service—the cardiac catheterization—is particularly complex. A partnership between Nuance and ZHealth will ease this burden with Nuance Cardiovascular CAPD.


Every February, health associations recognize American Heart Month and dedicate resources and efforts to raising awareness for heart health and the prevention of heart disease. There is, of course, too much at stake to not take a moment to educate ourselves on the impact of this disease.

Consider, for example, that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women—about one of every four deaths in the U.S. In addition, the CDC estimates that heart disease costs the United States about $219 billion annually in the form of healthcare services, medicine, and lost productivity.

Among the services providers commonly use to diagnose and treat patients with certain types of heart disease is cardiac catheterization. This procedure is especially difficult to document, code, and bill, and recent research indicates that as many as 45% of physician reports contain coding errors. Too many devices go unbilled, and about 1 in 6 cases pose a compliance risk from over-coding.

We at Nuance have long supported our providers with workflow-integrated CAPD solutions, and we have extended these efforts for cardiovascular care settings. Nuance Cardiovascular CAPD, developed in partnership with ZHealth, helps hospitals and providers recognize the full value of every interventional cardiology procedure. It’s a single solution that harnesses ZHealth’s unique insights into a revolutionary platform.

You can learn more about this solution here, but to summarize its many benefits: accelerated revenue cycles; greater efficiency for providers, and enhanced compliance efforts, thanks to automated coding.

In other words, we are making it easier to care for more hearts—not just in February, but every day of the year.

View a playback of the February 11, 2020 ZHealth/Nuance webinar to hear how to improve the documentation and coding process for cardiovascular procedures. Register here.

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