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ACC Seeks Comments on Document on Optimization of HF Treatment

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2017

The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Optimization of Heart Failure Treatment. This document will serve as a complement to the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure, and the 2016/2017 focused updates addressing new medical therapies, prevention and certain co-morbidities for which new data are available. Despite the recent guideline updates, gaps remain in certain areas that have incomplete evidence. This document aims to address 10 pivotal questions centered on important clinical dilemmas and offers strategies on how to address them. Comments are due by Friday, April 28. Access the document and public comment response form and submit comments to

Don't Forget About the Upcoming Physician Compare Webinar!

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2017

Next week, the CMS, with the Physician Compare support team, will host two one-hour webinars about the upcoming publication of the Achievable Benchmark of Care and 5-star ratings on Physician Compare. Register here for the first webinar on Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. ET. Register here for the second webinar on Thursday, April 27 at 3 p.m. ET. If you have any questions about Physician Compare, public reporting or the preview period, please contact

Does a "BP Paradox" Exist in Type 2 Diabetes Patients With HF?

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2017

Patients with type 2 diabetes and acute heart failure who also suffer from high systolic blood pressure may have a significantly lower risk of death but higher risk of HF-related hospitalizations, according to a study presented during ACC.17 in Washington, D.C. Results showed that patients with systolic BP above 150 mmHg were 45% less likely to die, but 47% more likely to be hospitalized for HF than those within a normal BP range. "We could be looking at a 'BP paradox' if our findings are confirmed by future studies," said Charbel Abi Khalil, MD, PhD, lead author of the study. Read more. Visit the Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease Clinical Topic Collection on for the latest science and diabetes news.

Surviving MI Webinar: Improving AMI Care

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2017

ACC's Surviving MI campaign will host a free webinar on Monday, April 24, at 2 p.m. ET about improving acute myocardial infarction care. Strategies to be discussed include identifying nurse and physician champions, instilling a creative problem-solving culture, holding regular case review with providers, involving pharmacists with care, and more. The webinar will also highlight organizations that have implemented multiple Surviving MI strategies, including any successes and difficulties faced along the way. Register now for this webinar. To learn more about the Surviving MI campaign or other ACC quality campaigns, visit

NCDR.17 Focuses on Helping Hospitals Optimize Quality

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2017

Nearly 1,600 professionals attended NCDR.17 from March 13 - 15 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, making it the largest conference yet. In addition to ACC's registry staff and NCDR Management Board and Public Reporting Advisory Group members, notable speakers included representatives from U.S. News & World Report, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This year, the conference expanded its offerings with more interprofessional workshops, two pre-conference accreditation workshops and a record-breaking 81 posters. Successes from ACC's Patient Navigator Program were highlighted in 25 posters. Session recordings will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Read more on

Webinar: What Does the Move From Volume-to-Value Mean For Cardiac Rehab Programs?

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2017

Join the ACC on Thursday, April 20, at noon EDT to hear about the latest trends of value-based care and the role of cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) in an environment focused on the value of care from Tom Draper, MBA, and Todd Brown, MD, MSPH, president and president-elect, respectively, of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Attendees will discover what these trends mean for their practice and come away with strategies and tactics to increase referrals and enrollment, to improve the value proposition, and to leverage current research regarding the importance of cardiac rehab. Register on

Physician Compare Webinar: Benchmark and 5-Star Ratings

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 11, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with the Physician Compare support team, will host two one-hour webinars about the upcoming publication of the Achievable Benchmark of Care and 5-star ratings on Physician Compare. Register here for the first webinar scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, at 11 a.m. ET. The second webinar will take place on Thursday, April 27, at 3 p.m. ET and can be accessed here. If you have any questions about Physician Compare, public reporting or the preview period, please contact

NCDR Study Looks at Use of In-Hospital Risk-Adjusted Mortality to Determine PCI Quality

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2017

In-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rates should not be the only metric used to evaluate percutaneous coronary intervention quality, according to a study published April 3 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. The study, by Jacob A. Doll, MD, et al., gathered data from ACC's CathPCI Registry. Read more on

JACC Leadership Page: Team Up!

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2017

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, new ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, discusses the importance of team-based care and making sure the patient is a member of that team. The ACC recognized the importance of team-based care early on, opening College membership to noncardiologists in 2003. Walsh also invites new Fellows of the ACC and Associates of the ACC to get involved with the College through member sections and committees. "I welcome you to your new roles in the College and look forward to working with you in the years to come," she writes. "Our team will be better for your participation and involvement." Read more.

Check Out Complete ACC.17 Coverage on

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 04, 2017

In case you missed it, the ACC provided coverage of the hottest trials that came out of ACC's Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C. To view all the latest science, visit the ACC.17 Meeting Coverage Page at Also, head to the ACC's YouTube Page to watch videos highlighting the hottest trials from each day of ACC.17.

JACC Leadership Page: Leadership in Cardiology

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Apr 04, 2017

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, the immediate-past chair of the ACC's Board of Governors, and Mark Hertling, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, discuss the importance of medical leadership and the critical need to involve physicians in significant roles in the health care environment. They describe how hospitals can use a military training model to improve leadership and competency in physicians. The College is committed to leadership across the spectrum of ACC membership. "As the ACC continues its charge to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, a strong foundation of leaders is critical to help the College accomplish its mission and to provide value to its members as they grow and become more effective, empowered leaders," they write. Read more.

The Role of EHRs on Physician Burnout

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2017

In a recent Perspective piece on, James E. Tcheng, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Informatics and Health Information Technology Taskforce, weighs in on a common issue facing the health care system: the role of electronic health records on physician burnout. While EHRs, which were intended to increase the quality of care and improve efficiencies, have resulted in numerous unintended consequences, the benefits still outweigh the outdated paper-based health record system. Tcheng stresses the importance of implementing a "healthy" EHR system and provides tips for success. "Cardiologists, especially those early in their careers, can play an active and important role in improving EHR usability and reducing burnout through steps such as 1) engaging in the design of smart, efficient local EHR solutions and workflows 2) promoting advocacy to reduce excessive regulatory requirements 3) becoming EHR 'super users' and educating peers on optimal use of EHR and 4) embracing evidence-based health IT solutions for patient engagement and patient safety," says Tcheng. Read more on For more on physician burnout and EHRs, check out two articles by Sumit Som, MBBS, on

Managing CV Risk in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2017

Cardiologists are treating more and more patients with established cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Over the last decade, studies have shown that patients with diabetes are at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than those without diabetes. Several important randomized trials show medical interventions in patients with diabetes can provide protective benefits. In the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial, empagliflozin reduced the incidence of the composite endpoint of death from cardiovascular causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction or nonfatal stroke by 14%, while death from cardiovascular-related causes was reduced by 38%. Heart failure was also reduced by 35%. Read more about this study and other findings. Test your knowledge of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial with a poll from the Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease Clinical Topic Collection on In a recent video, Christopher Cannon, MD, FACC, discusses managing cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes during ACC.17 in Washington, DC. Visit for more information.

Latest Issue of Cardiology Features Success of NCDR Research to Practice Initiative

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017

The feature article provides an overview of the present status of reversal agents for the direct-acting oral anticoagulants and some of the persisting misconceptions about these agents. In a Get to Know Your Leaders article, Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, reflects on his year as president, including work related to MOC, MACRA, the evolution of the ACC's governance process and ACC Accreditation Services. In a Research to Practice article, Thomas M. Maddox MD, MSc, FACC and Robert W. Yeh MD, FACC, outline the NCDR Research to Practice initiative and some of its recent successes. A Heart of Health Policy article provides a perspective and recommendations for preparing for MACRA from Andrew P. Miller MD, FACC. The CV Quality Corner article provides an update on the importance of the Diabetes Collaborative Registry for improving cardiovascular outcomes in diabetic patients. Get the full issue at

Behavioral Evidence on Lifestyle Modifications For Diabetes Patients

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017

Behavioral intervention as a treatment approach for diabetes and associated cardiovascular disease may lead to long-lasting results at a lower cost, according to a review paper published this month in The American Journal of Managed Care. "While implementation is the major barrier, along with patient compliance and uptake, the time and effort required leads to lasting results…," said authors Hena N. Patel, MD; Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC; and Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC. Read more on

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