ACC Association News


Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions Takes a Valve Tour

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 25, 2016

The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions takes readers on a tour around the heart, stopping at all four valves to highlight new findings. In the issue’s Editor’s Corner, Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, debates the use of the transradial or transfemoral approach to catheterization. Elsewhere in the issue, Dominick Angiolillo, MD, PhD, FACC, discusses the Crush Study and Fellow in Training Ada C. Stefanescu Schmidt, MD, reflects on recent trials of bioabsorbable and bioresorbable stents. See the full issue at ACC.org/CSWNI.


Tools For Outpatient Practices Now Available

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 25, 2016

Practices participating in the PINNACLE Registry can now easily access tools on ACC's Quality Improvement for Institutions program website. These online resources offer solutions for improving early follow-up and educating patients about medication and symptom management. Quality Improvement for Institutions provides assessment, monitoring and evaluation tools that transform clinical data into practical solutions to improve patient care. Activate your account and get started with your Quality Improvement for Institutions benefits on CVQuality.ACC.org.


Nominate the Next ACC Trustees

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 23, 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, DC. To learn more about the nomination process, visit ACC.org. Contact Stephanie Mitchell at 202-375-6446 or smitchel@acc.org with any questions.


CMS Identifies LAAO Registry as Approved Registry to Meet NCD Requirements

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

CMS has identified the LAAO Registry™ as an approved registry to meet the requirements of the national coverage determination for Medicare patients undergoing percutaneous left atrial appendage closure. Launched in December 2015, the LAAO Registry is the first national registry capturing data on left atrial appendage occlusion procedures to assess real-world procedural outcomes, short and long-term safety, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness. View the Coverage with Evidence Development webpage on CMS.gov. Learn more on ACC.org.


ACC Statement Stresses Importance of EHR Interoperability

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 18, 2016

Participating in Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise – a unique collaboration of health care professionals and industry focused on improving the way computer systems in health care share information – is crucial to achieving electronic health record interoperability, according to a new ACC health policy statement developed in conjunction with several society partners and published Aug. 15 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “The lack of interoperability of health information technology prevents the field of health care from realizing the full potential of the Information Age that has revolutionized so many fields of human endeavor. Using internationally recognized standards, IHE provides a construct to create the technical frameworks to exchange health care data while maintaining the granular syntactic and semantic attributes needed to accommodate the needs of the diverse consumers of health care information,” write the authors. Read more on ACC.org.


Special Issue of JACC Broadly Examines the Global Promotion of CV Health

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 18, 2016

A special issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published Aug. 15, focuses on the promotion of cardiovascular health, including topics such as smoking cessation, dietary habits and medication adherence, and the prevention of cardiovascular disease and other related conditions. In his Editor’s Page, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, emphasizes the need for cardiovascular professionals to redirect their efforts toward cardiovascular health promotion, noting that “this change in approach may cause us to collaborate with unlikely allies, but as Picasso said, ‘Action is the foundational key to success.’” Read more highlights of the special issue on ACC.org. Read the full issue of the JACC Cardiovascular Health Promotion issue and listen to the audio commentary by Fuster.


Surviving MI Webinar: Building a Meds to Beds Program

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

The next Surviving MI initiative webinar will be held on Aug. 30 at noon ET, highlighting organizations that have established a “Meds to Beds” program. The experts will share how they implemented the program at their respective institutions, discussing both successes and difficulties they faced, moderated by Craig Beavers, PharmD, AACC. The webinar will feature presentations from Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH; St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT; and Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, OH, followed by a question and answer session. Register on ACC.org.


CardioSmart's Sleep Apnea Infographic Now Available

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

Sleep apnea affects 18 million Americans, yet most adults don’t know they have it. Four out of five cases go undiagnosed because patients simply ignore it. Help patients better understand this condition with CardioSmart’s Sleep Apnea Infographic that offers easy-to-follow information. 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.


Download CardioSmart’s CHD Infographic

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 11, 2016

One out of every 100 Americans are born with some type of congenital heart defect, making these the most common birth defects. There are at least 35 known types of heart defects, ranging from relatively minor issues to complex, life-threatening problems. Patient often struggle to understand how a CHD will impact them, but with CardioSmart’s CHD Infographic clinicians can now easily explain long-term challenges and how to live well with a CHD. CardioSmart’s infographics are ideal point-of-care graphics for waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at CardioSmart.org/Posters.


JACC Leadership Page: Governance Transformation

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 11, 2016

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, president of the ACC, and Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Governance Committee, discuss the recent changes to the ACC governance structure and processes. They explain that the ultimate goal is to make the ACC more nimble, strategic, accountable and reflective of the diversity and breadth of the cardiovascular community. “This must be an iterative process, focused on doing the right things for the right reasons,” they write. “Devotion to purpose while maintaining flexibility and ongoing learning are of paramount importance.” Read more.


NCDR Study Validates Updated In-Hospital Mortality Risk Model for MI Patients

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

The ACTION Registry-GWTG in-hospital mortality risk model for myocardial infarction patients has been updated to include cardiac arrest and has been validated as a robust instrument for risk adjustment and benchmarking of mortality outcomes, according to a study published Aug. 1 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Robert McNamara, MD, MHS, FACC, the study’s lead author, says the model performed well across a broad range of subgroups, including those with and without cardiac arrest and with and without other high-risk characteristics, illustrating the value of the model for benchmarking mortality outcomes even for hospitals caring for different types of patients. Read more on ACC.org.


MACRA: A New Era of Medicare Payment

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly referred to as MACRA, replaces an outdated Medicare payment system, setting into motion two pathways in which clinicians will participate in order to receive Medicare payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. While the details of MACRA are still being ironed out, it’s important to understand this new era of Medicare payment and the four core components that clinicians will be measured on: quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement and meaningful use of certified electronic health records. To help members navigate MACRA and prepare for the release of the final rule this fall, the ACC has launched a series of articles and resources available through the MACRA Information Hub on ACC.org. Be sure to review this list of frequently answered questions to get up-to-speed on how MACRA will impact you and your practice. Read more on ACC.org.


Register for ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 04, 2016

With implementation and congressional oversight of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 well underway, it is a critical time for ACC members to come to DC to personally deliver cardiology’s message. ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference, Sept. 11 to 13 in Washington, D.C., will provide the inside scoop on regulatory changes, legislative action and the state of cardiology to empower members to become effective advocates for patients and cardiovascular professionals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from the experts who shape health policy. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet directly with congressional leaders to share ways the cardiovascular community is providing quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care to millions of patients nationwide. Register to attend on ACC.org/LegislativeConference.


Expert Journal Club Faculty Discuss Etiology of Sudden Death in Sports

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 04, 2016

The latest ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. View slides and hear experts discuss “Etiology of Sudden Death in Sports: Insights from a United Kingdom Regional Registry,” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Visit ACC.org/ACCJournalClub to view the article, learn more about the program, and access a past collection of Journal Club recordings and articles. Also, take the Journal Club 2015 activity to earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ and 2 Part II MOC points per month! The activity includes links to past recordings and articles, as well as three multiple choice questions per session. This activity also includes materials covering CvLPRIT, PROMISE and LEADLESS trials, and more. Start the activity on ACC.org.


Nominations now being accepted for ACC’s 2017 Distinguished Awards

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

Nominations are now open for ACC’s 2017 Distinguished Awards! Identify colleagues whose work has left a lasting mark on the profession for 12 distinct awards. For each candidate, send a nominating letter addressed to the Awards Committee that summarizes the nominee’s curriculum vitae and highlights accomplishments relevant to the award. Each nominating letter should be accompanied by another letter seconding the nomination, as well as the nominee’s CV and up to 10 additional letters of support. Nomination packets must be sent to the ACC by Sept. 26. ACC’s distinguished awardees will be honored at the College’s Annual Scientific Session, March 17 to 19, 2017, in Washington, DC. Visit ACC.org for more information on the awards and the nominations process.


ACC Seeks Comments on TAVR Management in Adults With AS Document

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in the Management of Adults with Aortic Stenosis. This document provides a framework for the management of patients with aortic stenosis undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Practical guidance is provided regarding the pre-procedure evaluation of the patient being considered for TAVR, imaging modalities and measurements, key issues in performing TAVR, and recommendations for post-procedural follow up. Access the document and public comment response form and submit comments by Aug. 12 to pathwaycomment@acc.org.


Improve Your ECG Interpretation Skills With ECG Drill & Practice

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2016

The ACC recently launched a new ECG Drill & Practice tool for those preparing for initial Board certification in cardiovascular disease or just looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. The product provides an opportunity for users to learn about identification of ECG abnormalities, practice what they just learned using flash card technology as well as challenge their ECG interpretation skills. The ECG Drill & Practice product incorporates the self-assessment ECG test, featuring format and answer options similar to those of the American Board of Internal Medicine's certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. Visit ACC.org/ECGDrillandPractice to learn more.


CMS Proposes Bundled Payment Models For Cardiac Services

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2016

In an attempt to encourage coordinated care, improve the quality of care and decrease costs for heart attack patients, the CMS released a proposed rule that introduces bundled payment models for cardiac services. HHS also proposed a new cardiac rehabilitation model and a pathway that helps physicians who are heavily involved in bundled payment models to qualify for incentives as part of the Quality Payment Program, which was proposed as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. "While we support the concept, it is important that bundled care models be carried out in such a way that clinicians are given the time and tools to truly impact patient care in the best ways possible," said ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC. "Changes in payment structures in health care can pose significant challenges to clinicians and must be driven by clinical practices that improve patient outcomes. We are optimistic that CMS will listen to comments, incorporate feedback from clinicians, and provide ample time for implementation of these new payment models." The ACC plans to review the proposals in detail before submitting recommendations to CMS. Read more on ACC.org.




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