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ACC News You Can Use November 2015

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Top Science and Quality News:

Hospitals Nationwide Begin Reporting PCI and ICD Measure Results
Hospitals across the country are now voluntarily reporting their results on several measures related to percutaneous coronary intervention and implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedures. CathPCI Registry® hospitals and ICD Registry™ hospitals that volunteered to participate in the ACC's public reporting program have their results posted on, powered by ACC's CardioSmart program. "Our hope is that by tracking and publicly reporting these measures we can raise awareness of variation where it exists and help to ensure consistent, evidence-based care is provided across the U.S.," said ACC President Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC. Hospitals can opt in to publicly report at any point by submitting a data consent form for the CathPCI Registry and/or ICD Registry. Hospitals that choose not to publicly report will be listed as "not participating" with ACC public reporting. Read more on Patient-focused information on the measures is available at

Physicians Can Track Care with Confidential CathPCI Physician Dashboard
Did you know that ACC members affiliated with NCDR CathPCI Registry hospitals can use the CathPCI Registry Physician Dashboard to track and improve the quality of care provided to patients? The free dashboard, which can be accessed securely through, allows physicians to privately view their registry data including appropriateness of percutaneous coronary interventions, volume of cases treated, observed and expected mortality, door-to-balloon times and vascular complications. It also allows comparisons to other CathPCI Registry physicians in aggregate. In addition to raising awareness of performance, the dashboard can also help physicians earn Maintenance of Certification Part IV credit. Learn more at

Check Out ACC’s Diabetes-Related Tools and Resources
As November kicks off Diabetes Awareness Month, the ACC has a growing number of tools and resources for clinicians to help prevent and treat this disease. The Diabetes Collaborative Registry – the first global, cross-specialty clinical registry – is designed to help track and improve the quality of diabetes and cardiometabolic medicine across the primary care and specialty care continuum. Joining is free and the process is even easier for practices already participating in the PINNACLE Registry. The College also has a number of Cardiometabolic initiatives, including online clinical topic hubs focused on Dyslipedemia and Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease designed to keep clinicians up-to-date on news, trends and clinical guidelines. Additionally, ACC’s CardioSmart initiative offers several patient resources, including infographics and educational factsheets. ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, talks about these resources and more in a recent blog post. Read more>>>

NQF Now Accepting Public Comments on CV Measures 2015 Phase Three Project
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking public comments until Monday, Nov. 23, on 23 cardiovascular measures. Eight of the 23 measures were submitted by the ACC. Of these, three were submitted solely by the ACC, and five were co-developed by the ACC/American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Performance Measures and the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA PCPI). The public comment period provides an opportunity for members of the cardiovascular community and other stakeholders to play an active role in the development of performance measures that could have a direct impact on hospitals and physician practices. The ACC, solely and through work with other organizations, including AHA and the AMA PCPI, has committed significant resources over the years to both developing and testing cardiovascular measures. We encourage you to submit comments via the NQF website by the Nov. 23 deadline. In order to comment on the measures, you must have an NQF log in. If you do not have one, you can set one up here. Learn more and see a list of the eight measures submitted by the ACC on Email with questions.

Surviving MI Webinar: Cardiology Presence Around the Clock
Everyone knows that continuous cardiology coverage is essential, but may not be feasible for most hospitals due to financial resources needed and/or inadequate supply of cardiologists. During the next Surviving MI webinar on Dec. 3 from 12-1 p.m. ET, experts will address this pressing issue and provide participants with solutions they can implement at their respective hospitals. The webinar will include a panel discussion with perspectives from rural, urban and academic settings. The session will be moderated by Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC, and will feature presentations by Eric Bates, MD, FACC, John Brush, MD, FACC, and Susan Farkas, MD, FACC. There will also be a live Q&A session where participants can ask the presenters questions. Register now.

Roundtable Discusses Periprocedural Management of Anticoagulation and Management of Bleeding
Anticoagulation management is a rapidly-evolving field, presenting challenges to clinicians across a broad range of specialties. With new reversal agents on the horizon, there is a critical need for guidance. In an effort to better guide clinicians to address the evolving challenges of anticoagulation care, the ACC brought together a number of stakeholders across the health care spectrum for its third Anticoagulation Consortium Roundtable this past weekend. ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, discusses the outcomes of the Roundtable in a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog. Some of the topics being addressed during the meeting were: periprocedural management of anticoagulation, including the BRIDGE Trial; tools and resources available to help clinicians offer better anticoagulation care; bleed management within the hospital; as well as the reversal agents in development. Read more on the ACC in Touch Blog.

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews: Examines Advances in Miniaturization
The cover story in the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews focuses on the “fantastic journey” of miniaturization in technology, with references to the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System, the REVEAL LINQ insertable cardiac monitor, adhesive heart monitors and other advances in technological miniaturization. In a conversation with the Pacific Heart Institute, a cardiology group in Southern California that provides a full range of cardiovascular disease management services, Katy Reed and Tessa Kerby of ECG Management Consultants examine the Institute’s “enhanced access” hybrid concierge program and other innovative practices. Additional articles include a piece with Steven E. Nissen, MD, MACC, in which he discusses what the approval of PCSK9 Inhibitors could mean for the future of lipid treatment. The issue’s featured ACCEL article explores the need for innovation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Read the full issue here.


Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Releases Final 2016 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Rules: Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two final regulations of note to cardiovascular professionals. These rules determine the payment levels and associated policies for services provided under the Physician Fee Schedule and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. Consistent with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, physicians will see a 0.5 percent formula increase on Jan. 1. Unrelated payment formula changes result in an estimate that payment for cardiology services will neither increase nor decrease from 2015 to 2016. However, this estimate is based on the entire universe of cardiology services and can vary widely depending on the mix of services provided in a practice. Also of note, CMS will delay the requirement that clinicians ordering advanced imaging services (i.e., CT, MR, SPECT) consult with AUC through a qualified clinical decision support mechanism starting on Jan. 1, 2017. CMS will issue additional regulations on this program in the 2017 and 2018 rulemaking cycles. The Agency also finalized with modifications the process for selecting AUC developed by national professional medical specialty societies and other provider-led entities for the AUC consultation requirement that will apply to professionals ordering advanced imaging services. Additional details on the final rules are available on More information will be forthcoming as ACC Advocacy staff review and analyze the regulations.

Questions About ICD-10 Claims?
Have questions about processing and billing ICD-10 claims? Check out CMS' Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on ICD-10 coding, national coverage determinations and more. Visit the ICD-10 Medicare Fee-For-Service Provider Resources web page for a complete list of Medicare Learning Network educational materials.

JACC Leadership Page: Legislative Conference and What’s Next for ACC Advocacy
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, reflects on ACC’s Legislative Conference, held October 18-20 in Washington, DC, and looks at what’s ahead in health policy. Williams discusses the importance of lowering health care costs, a cardiovascular team-based care approach and engagement in advocacy. With the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate, “the College now has an opportunity to be more forward-thinking in discussions with lawmakers,” he writes. Read more.

FDA Update on Tobacco Sales to Minors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Oct. 29 that it will take action against retailers that have repeatedly sold tobacco products to minors, initiating the first-ever No-Tobacco-Sale Order actions. According to the announcement, a No-Tobacco-Sale Order can be pursued after a total of five or more repeated violations of the restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco within 36 months. If the FDA's No-Tobacco-Sale Order goes into effect, the eight retailers will be prohibited from selling regulated tobacco products for 30 days.


Top Education and Career Growth News

Expert Journal Club Faculty Discussion of Triple Therapy Among Older Patients With Acute MI and AFib Now Available Online.
The October ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. Click here to view slides and hear experts discuss the “Use and Outcomes of Triple Therapy Among Older Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction (MI) and Atrial Fibrillation (AFib),” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Visit 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 2014 activity to earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ per month and up to 10 MOC II points! The activity includes links to past webinars and articles – including PARADIGM-HF, HPS2-THRIVE, INVEST and more – as well as three multiple choice questions per session. Start the activity here.



ACC Member Renewals are Due Dec. 10!
Renew your ACC membership today and continue their access to tools and benefits that help them stay up-to-date on the latest in the field and navigate practice change. With 300+ educational opportunities online, five JACC journals and resources to help members improve patient care, the ACC is the best investment a CV professional can make in their career. And with representation across governmental and professional forums, the ACC is an advocate for you and your members’ interests, championing the priorities that matter to cardiovascular team members and patients alike. Renew online at  or by calling the Resource Center at +1 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.

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


Population Health, Prevention and Patient Audience News:

JACC Leadership Page: Health Care in Transition, Primary Prevention and Health Disparities in Focus
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Board of Governors (BOG), and Michael Mansour, MD, FACC, immediate-past chair of the BOG, discuss ways ACC Chapters can make a difference in tackling the burden of cardiovascular disease around the world, such as supporting the World Health Organization’s goal of a 25 percent reduction in non-communicable diseases by 2025. According to Shor and Mansour, “ACC chapters can play leading roles in supporting ways to address population health in a manner that improves health and lowers the cost of health care delivery.” Read more.


Digital ACC Resources

Home Improvements: Keeps Getting Better
Several enhancements have recently been made to the College’s online home, From new tools that make it easier to find specific types of content within the Latest in Cardiology feed, to faster access to the latest Journal of the American College of Cardiology journal articles and popular editor-in-chief audio summaries, is evolving to meet the needs of cardiovascular professionals. In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC,editor-in-chief of, highlights the recent updates and the website’s popular personalization options such as email digests featuring the latest content and customization options for the homepage “Recommended For You” news feed. Read more.

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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