SOURCE: Physician Compliance Network

Physician Compliance Network

November 11, 2011 14:16 ET

Physician Compliance Network Reaches Milestone Review

Company's Unique Program Assures Appropriateness of Cardiovascular Procedures at Hospitals Nationwide

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 11, 2011) - Physician Compliance Network ( (PCN) announced today that they had completed their 2500th review of a cardiovascular procedure. Hospitals engage PCN to perform independent external audits of specified invasive procedures. PCN has developed a unique and proprietary system that examines and grades a small, but statistically accurate sampling of cases for medical necessity, and extrapolates the information for the hospital's medical peer review committee.

The system has been proven to lower the incidence of inappropriate procedures at hospitals that implement the PCN program.

A recent study from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry-ICD Registry found that 22.5% of patients that were given an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) were non-evidence-based, meaning they failed to meet medical criteria indicating use of an ICD.

The study called Non-Evidence-Based ICD Implantations in the United States appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

"Clearly there is a lack of knowledge and a lack of awareness of the guidelines, and some patients were harmed," said Sana Al-Khatib, lead researcher from the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

"While most hospitals and doctors have good intentions, there are procedures being performed on patients every day that are unnecessary, costly, and sometimes risky to the patient's health," stated Gregory D. Cohen, MD, MPH, FACC, the founder and CEO of Physician Compliance Network. "Our program helps hospitals and patients by uncovering doctors who are not following guidelines so that appropriate training or other actions can be taken. This has the net effect of increasing compliance, lowering risk, and improving quality of care for patients."

Physician Compliance Network developed the Appropriateness of Cardiovascular Care Program over 5 years ago, and it is now in use at forward-thinking hospitals nationwide.

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About Physician Compliance Network:

Physician Compliance Network (PCN) is a doctor owned and managed company that offers a proactive program that helps hospitals reduce risk and increase quality of care by identifying areas of overutilization, allowing hospital to take appropriate steps before damage, investigations, liability or penalties occur.

The PCN Appropriateness of Cardiovascular Care Program is designed to assure hospital administrators and patients, that physicians performing invasive cardiovascular procedures are in compliance with recognized ACC and AHA guidelines. This program is the first of its kind to systematically evaluate the appropriateness of specific cardiovascular procedures and identify problems before they would otherwise surface.