OUTPATIENT LABORATORY
ULTRASOUND AND PLAIN FILMS
NUCLEAR MEDICINE
NERVE CONDUCTION TESTING
HOLTER MONITOR TESTING
MED HEALTH SERVICES


Pricing transparency gets cloudier as health care costs soar
 

Earlier this fall, Highmark Inc. paid Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute $581 for doing a nuclear stress test for a patient. The insurer compensated UPMC Monroeville $1,540 for the same procedure — a common measure of how well the heart is working — in another patient.

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Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute
200 James Place, 1st Floor
Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: 412-372-2035 Fax: 412-229-1432
     
 

Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute

Setting a new standard for patient convenience, comfort and flexibility.


 

Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute's defining feature is our strong emphasis and commitment to "outpatient medical and cardiac care," as well as our constant effort to deliberately avoid hospital admissions whenever possible. Our physicians are driven by their dedication to offer expeditious, same-day testing in order to diagnose without delay and proceed with treatment.

 

As doctors, we have repeatedly found that we can perform the same evaluation in two or three hours that a hospital performs in one week's time. As medical providers, once we become accustomed to seeing with our own eyes a CXR, an echocardiogram, or a vascular study, to name a few, we begin to feel somewhat uncomfortable with general test reports done elsewhere by physicians who are not familiar with our patients, and that we cannot see firsthand for ourselves.

Our specially trained technicians are able to provide the following STAT diagnostic tests the same day of a patients scheduled office visit:

  • CLIA Certified Medical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ultrasound & Echocardiography
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Nerve ConductionTesting
  • Plain X-Ray Films

 

We believe our care is many times superior than that of the hospital, specifically as hospital admissions do not often solve underlying problems a patient may have. In fact, often times, patients can even can get worse in the hospital, more specifically in cases of end-stage congestive cardiomyopathy or end-stage pathologies, due to different reasons. Topping the list are:

  • Increasing pressure for early discharges;
  • The somewhat counterproductive excessive inter-consultation with diluted responsibilities among numerous medical doctors;
  • The intervention of many individuals whom are not fully familiar with the patient’s problems;
  • Inaccurate drug dosing, type and modality of Rx by many physicians and residents who are not always discussing fully the case among themselves;
  • Lengthy delays in testing such as stat Echocardiogram, lab, etc;
  • Under or over treatment of problems by well intentioned physicians who are not familiar with the peculiarities of each case;