ACC Association News


ACC.17 Member Registration and Call For Science Now Open!

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016

Join the world’s leading cardiovascular professionals in Washington, D.C., for three full days of innovative education, ground-breaking science, and interactive debates and discussion. ACC.17 will start one day early — on Friday, March 17, 2017 — and end on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Arrive in time to take full advantage of everything that ACC.17 has to offer. Member registration for ACC.17 is now open – register today to save. Remember to submit research by Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET for a chance to be featured at ACC.17. Accepted abstracts will be published in an online issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ranked the #1 cardiovascular journal in the world, and may be submitted in any of the 41 topic areas including a new ‘Spotlight on Special Topics’ category, featuring research on the topics of Education, Advocacy, Social Media, Leadership or Practice Management. The ACC is also accepting submissions for Interventional Challenging Cases, FIT Clinical Decision-Making Cases and CV Team Cases. Don’t miss the chance to share your science at ACC.17.


Nominate the Next ACC Trustees

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016

Submit your recommendations for the slate of Trustees for the ACC by Oct. 16! Each Trustee will serve a three-year term, with the opportunity for renewal one time. The elections will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in March 2017 in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the nomination process, visit ACC.org. Contact Stephanie Mitchell at 202-375-6446 or smitchel@acc.org with any questions.


ACTION Registry-GWTG Performance Achievement Award Recipients Named

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

The ACC congratulates the recipients of the NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG 2016 Performance Achievement Awards. This year's Platinum, Gold and Silver Award recipients are recognized for their consistency in meeting patient care guidelines for acute myocardial infarction patients. Download a printable version of the award list. Learn more about ACTION Registry-GWTG and find out how participating hospitals can earn a Performance Achievement Award in 2017: review the award eligibility criteria and program FAQs. Contact ncdr@acc.org with questions.


Get easy access to JACC content on phone or tablet via JACC journals app

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

Use the JACC Journals App to access the latest research and clinical practice updates from the top-ranked family of JACC Journals. This single app puts all of your favorite content at your fingertips – and is accessible across all iOS and Android devices. The app lets you browse new issues, link to featured articles, and interact with figures, tables and multimedia content. The “My Reading List” feature allows you to save articles for offline reading; share via social media; email useful content; and much more! Download the app from the iTunes App Store or get it on Google Play today.


CardioSmart’s Metabolic Syndrome Infographic Now Available

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016

Metabolic Syndrome has been called the “perfect storm” when it comes to heart disease risk. Since this condition is a combination of health problems that often occur together and raise the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, oftentimes patients have trouble managing it. With CardioSmart’s Metabolic Syndrome Infographic you can better explain to your patients how to recognize this condition and prevent it. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at CardioSmart.org/Posters.


JACC Leadership Page: The Diverse Functions of Advocacy

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Board of Governors discusses how the College’s advocacy efforts transform cardiovascular care, help members maintain professional competency, and support population health management in the changing health care landscape. He focuses on the top advocacy priorities for the College this year, including tackling MACRA, as well as the hard work of ACC chapters to ensure patient access to care and cardiovascular practice stability, promote the use of clinical data to improve care, fund research and innovation in cardiovascular care, and improve population health and prevent cardiovascular disease. Seals concludes with a call to action for ACC members to become more active in advocacy, writing, “The future of cardiovascular care is at stake, and it behooves each of us to make advocacy a professional and personal priority.” Read more.


Data Make a Difference. Become a Health IT Member Today.

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

For more than 60 years, the ACC has developed a reputation for excellence in education, networking and support for cardiovascular professionals. With the NCDR registries, the ACC is at the forefront of using data to transform cardiovascular care. Become a health IT member of the ACC today and join the College in its mission to improve heart health. As an ACC member, you can read about the latest clinical developments with access to six JACC journals, network with over 50,000 cardiovascular professionals worldwide, manage patients on-the-go with mobile apps and take advantage of hundreds of free educational opportunities on ACC.org. Elevate your career and join today.


Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines the Gut Microbiome

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines how our microbial ecosystem drives health and disease while Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses the relationship between microbiota and inflammation in the Editor’s Corner. Also in this issue, Andrew Freeman, MD, FACC, writes about ACC’s recent efforts in innovation and CEO of the World Heart Federation, Johanna Ralston, MBA, MPH, discusses the importance of addressing cardiovascular disease on a global scale. See the full issue at ACC.org/CSWN.


ACC’s New Mobile Apps and Updates

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

With two new app releases, the ACC continues its commitment to bringing evolving clinical policy to practice. The ACC has just launched the ICD/CRT Appropriate Use Criteria App – the first app in its portfolio to support appropriate use – as well as its 6th update to the Guideline Clinical App, which includes both established and brand new guideline content, and upgraded functionality based on user feedback. Learn more about ACC’s mobile apps at ACC.org/MobileResources.


Latest Issue of Cardiology Features a Doctor’s Journey Through the Himalayas

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine features Sandeep Krishnan, MD, a Fellow in Training and member of ACC’s Emerging Advocates, who recently completed a three-week journey through the Himalayas in Northern India. While there, he and fellow volunteers saw more than 3,500 patients and provided them with internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, pediatric, pharmaceutical and other services, including echocardiography. The Summer 2016 issue also highlights the work of Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC, and his team at the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Resources in Dallas, as they investigate how sustained high-intensity exercise affects cardiovascular health, and includes an exclusive interview with Dena Wilson, MD, FACC, who is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and has always been involved with the Indian Health Service, first as a patient and now as a physician. Get the full issue at ACC.org/Cardiology.


ACC Seeks Successor Editors in Chief For JACC: CV Imaging and JACC: CV Interventions

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

ACC’s Publications Committee is now accepting applications for editors in chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions to begin five-year terms in January 2017. First issues under the new leadership will publish in July 2017. Both journals have rapidly earned positions among the most prominent titles in cardiology, ranking 6th and 7th respectively among 123 journals in the cardiovascular medicine category. To apply, submit a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, along with a brief statement of your vision for the journal. Letters of application should be addressed to ACC’s Publications Committee, and sent via e-mail to Kim Murphy at kmurphy@acc.org. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 1. Read more about the call for editors for JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions on ACC.org.


MACRA 101: Quality Payment Program

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 ushers in a new Medicare payment system, the Quality Payment Program, that rewards clinicians for the value of care delivered versus the volume of services. Regardless of whether a clinician participates in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System or an Advanced Alternative Payment Model, the two pathways under MACRA, clinicians will be assessed on the quality of care provided. For most clinicians or groups participating in MIPS, quality measure reporting will count toward 50% of the clinician’s MIPS composite score. Are you prepared for quality reporting under MACRA? Learn more and review tips for success. Visit the MACRA Hub on ACC.org for the most up-to-date information and resources.


JACC Journals Now Offering Dual CME/MOC Credit For Online Activities

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

Each month JACC Journals offer continuing medical education activities for clinicians based on recent articles and the successful completion of self-assessment questions associated with the articles. Starting this month, the ACC is excited to announce that going forward clinicians may simultaneously earn both CME and Maintenance of Certification credit for completing these activities. The JACC Journals activities are the next steps in the College’s efforts to continue to grow the number of free, dual CME/MOC activities for its members. The first JACC Journals CME/MOC activities are now posted for JACC: Heart Failure, JACC: Interventions and JACC: Imaging. Activities for JACC and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology will be posted on Sept. 12 and Oct. 17, respectively. For more on JACC Journals CME/MOC activities visit OnlineJACC.org and click on “CME.” For more on MOC, visit the College’s online MOC hub at ACC.org/MOC.


NCDR Committee nominations for 2017 open through Sept. 16

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

Increase your engagement with NCDR! Nominations for member positions on NCDR Committees are now open and will close on Friday, Sept. 16. Members are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Take advantage of this opportunity to make an impact on the work of the College. Applicants will be notified of results in January 2017. Nominate yourself or a colleague. For FIT positions please complete this survey. For questions regarding the 2017 NCDR Committee Nominations process please contact ncdrcommittees@acc.org.


Check Out Complete ESC Congress 2016 Coverage on ACC.org

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 01, 2016

In case you missed it, the ACC provided coverage of the hottest trials that came out of the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome. To view all of the latest science – including PEGASUS-TIMI 54, ANTARCTIC, PRAGUE-18, and more – visit ACC.org/ESC2016. Be sure to watch the daily wrap-up videos on ACC’s YouTube Channel from Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, and Keith A. A. Fox, MB, ChB, FACC.


ACC Shares Guideline-Based Information via Google

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Sep 01, 2016

A Google search for heart conditions will now prominently display important questions patients should ask their doctor based on ACC's clinical guidelines. The ACC teamed up with Google to create a list of essential questions that patients should ask their doctors about conditions like heart attack, coronary artery disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation. The "Ask a Doctor" feature appears under the "Treatment" section of Google Health Knowledge Graphs, the in-depth search result that appears for health-related conditions. "This is a unique opportunity to marry the broad reach and power of Google's Internet search engine with the clinical and scientific expertise of the ACC," said ACC Chief Innovation Officer John Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC. "This project makes it easier for the public to get accurate answers to health and medical care questions, and will aid in promoting engagement between patients and their clinicians." Partnerships such as this are a key part of the College's innovation strategy. Read more about the Google project and ACC’s innovation efforts on ACC.org and in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


Listen to JACC Journals on the Go

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 30, 2016

Stay up-to-date on the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology with JACC Journals Audio Summaries. JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Editor-in-Chief David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, provide informative overviews of each issue, as well as in-depth commentary on the studies featured in their respective JACC Journals. Busy clinicians can easily download the summaries and listen on the go at ACC.org/JACC or by searching “JACC Podcasts” in the iTunes store or through Android’s Player FM.


NCDR Committee Nominations For 2017 Open Through Sept. 16

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 30, 2016

Increase your engagement with NCDR! Nominations for member positions on NCDR Committees are open until Sept. 16. Members are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Take advantage of this opportunity to make an impact on the work of the College. Applicants will be notified of results in January 2017. Fellows in Training interested in committee positions should complete this survey. For questions regarding the 2017 NCDR Committee Nominations process, contact ncdrcommittees@acc.org.




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