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ACC News You Can Use May 2015

Overarching ACC News/Publications

Last Call For Applications: Associate Editor of Innovation
Are you a strategic thinker with energy and creativity? Do you have knowledge of the digital landscape for cardiovascular medicine? If so, we want you to help chart the digital future of! The ACC is now accepting applications for the position of associate editor of innovation. The editor will help implement the long-term vision of asthe go-to web experience that incorporates authoritative perspectives on global cardiovascular knowledge, resources and developments, and adapts the individual experience to fit the needs of each cardiovascular professional. The editor’s term will begin July 1, and will run for five years, with the possibility of re-appointment for an additional term. The deadline for applications is May 31. Read more about the position and how to apply on

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines the Value of the P Value
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines the debate surrounding the use of the p value in scientific research, while in this month’s Editor’s CornerAlfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, also considers what it would mean to move away from using p < 0.05. In an interview, Dr. Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC discusses his work to promote cardiovascular health worldwide. Also in this issue, Steven E. Nissen, MD, MACC reflects on the prevention trials from ACC.16, including the HOPE-3, ACCELERATE, and GAUSS-3 trials. See the full issue at

ExaminingSocial Media in Health Care with CSWN
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines how doctors can use social media to inform and connect with patients. In this month’s Editor’s Corner, Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses his concerns surrounding this topic while in the Straight Talk column, Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC,  writes that it is time for the medical community to figure out how to best use social media. See the full issue, including an overview of MACRA and  a feature on digital health technology, at

Top Science and Quality News:

Call For Abstracts: ACC International Conferences
Join the great minds of the cardiovascular profession for spectacular educational experiences delivered with the unique perspective of clinical practice within a region. The ACC Latin America Conference 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 7 – 8, and the ACC Middle East Conference 2016 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 28 – 30, will bring together cardiovascular professionals for two-and-a-half-days of interactive education that is both locally relevant and highly practical. Submit abstracts for the Latin America Conference by July 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and for the Middle East Conference by June 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Learn more about both conferences at


Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

FDA Releases Final Regulation Extending Authority Over E-Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products  
More than two years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule to extend its authority to cover unregulated tobacco products, a final regulation has been released. The FDA now has control over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, and will ban sales of these products to anyone under 18 years of age. The FDA will also “ evaluate important factors such as ingredients, product design and health risks, as well as their appeal to youth and non-users” for all products in these categories commercially marketed after Feb. 15, 2007. Until now, there was no federal oversight of the manufacture, distribution or marketing of e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products, and no restrictions in place to protect public health against the risks of these products. “Marketing tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes, to children would slow the progress we’ve made in reducing heart disease brought about by the decline of smoking in the U.S.,” said ACC President-Elect Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “The FDA’s decision to restrict the sale of all tobacco products is a significant step forward.” Read more.

Cardiologists' PQRS Experience Report For 2014
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Experience Report, 76.1 percent of eligible cardiologists participated in the program in 2014, among whom the average incentive payment was $1,000. Participation is up from previous years when 67.9 percent of cardiologists participated in 2013 and 53.5 percent took part in 2012. Cardiology was the third largest specialty reporting via measures groups through a qualified registry and the fifth among specialties earning an incentive via this mechanism. Cardiology was also the third largest specialty reporting measures through an electronic health record (EHR) and eighth among specialties earning an incentive via EHRs. Cardiology had the largest number of participants reporting via a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) – the PINNACLE Registry – as well as the most eligible professionals earning an incentive via the QCDR mechanism compared to all other specialties. As for participation in the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) and a Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO), cardiology ranked ninth and fifth respectively. For PQRS participation via a Pioneer ACO, cardiology came in fifth. Now a penalty-based program, PQRS imposes a negative adjustment on future payments of providers who fail to successfully report quality measures. In 2015, 6,790 cardiologists were subject the PQRS payment adjustment of -2 percent for failure to report successfully. In 2016, 8,518 cardiologists are subject to the adjustment. Learn more about the PQRS program and how to report through the PINNACLE and Diabetes Collaborative Registries.

ACCPAC Update: By the Numbers
In the 1st quarter of 2016, nearly 500 ACC members contributed to the ACC Political Action Committee (ACCPAC) for a total of more than $155,000. These contributions came from Fellows of the ACC, members of the Cardiovascular Team, early career professionals, fellows in training, chapter executives, Masters of the ACC and staff members, including 60 "new" ACCPAC members who had not previously contributed. The top states by percentage of PAC participation include Wyoming (9 percent), Mississippi (5 percent), Montana (4 percent) and North Dakota (4 percent), while the top contributions came from California ($12,760), Pennsylvania ($10,803), Florida ($8,881), Georgia ($7,768) and Ohio ($7,425). Join ACCPAC today and start having an immediate IMPACT on behalf of your profession and your patients! Learn more at


Top Membership News

Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at

For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections? Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.


Top Education News

ABIM Announces New Option for MOC Assessment Starting January 2018
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has announced plans to offer a new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessment option beginning in January 2018. Under the new option, physicians who “engage in and perform well” on shorter assessments would have the option to test out of the current 10-year exam. The 10-year exam, however, will also remain available as a second option. According to ABIM, this new option will be available for physicians maintaining certification in internal medicine, and, possibly, one or two subspecialties starting in January 2018. Based on feedback from these early adopters, ABIM expects to make this option available to additional subspecialties as quickly as possible over subsequent program cycles. The ABIM expects to provide more specific details about the alternative assessment option no later than Dec. 31, 2016. In the meantime, physicians with certifications that expire before the new assessment option is offered in their specialty will still need to take and pass the 10-year exam in order to maintain their certification. Finding an alternative to the 10-year examination has been one of the top MOC goals of the ACC and the rest of the internal medicine community. “MOC continues to rank among the top concerns of our internal medicine members, with the 10-year examination being the largest obstacle,” says ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC. “We applaud ABIM’s move in the direction of more flexibility in MOC requirements; however, we will need more details to see how it aligns with the ACC’s proposal.”
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Claim Your Credit from ACC.16
Don't forget to claim your credit or certificate of participation for ACC.16. Click here to access the Credit System, and review the instructions and frequently asked questions for more information. The remaining deadlines for claiming certificates are:

  • ECME Certificate: July 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • CME/CNE Certificate and Certificate of Participation: October 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET

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Digital ACC Resources

Free ACCEL Access for FITs
Did you know that Fellows in Training receive unlimited, complimentary access to ACC’s ACCEL audio journal. Sign up for this unique membership benefit here.

Stay In Touch with the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACC in Touch.  ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). CardioSmart, the ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or

Download ACC’s Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).


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