Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

ACC News You Can Use December 2015

Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

Top Science and Quality News:

LBCTs for ACC.16 Due Jan. 7, 2016
The ACC is now accepting Late-Breaking Clinical Trial submissions for consideration for presentation at ACC.16. Submissions will be accepted in any of the following categories:

  • Major Study
  • Smaller Study/Randomized Clinical Trial
  • Multi-center Observational Study or Registry
  • Secondary Analysis of Major Clinical Trial
  • Other

ACC.16 will feature 5 LBCT sessions, including 3 sessions which will be co-sponsored by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Each accepted submission will be considered for JACC Rapid Review and publication in JACCJAMA and NEJMThe deadline for submissions is Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For additional information please read the full Submission Instructions and Policies and Procedures prior to submitting your Late-Breaking Clinical Trial.

Advisory Group Report Provides Deep Dive on ACC Public Reporting Efforts
A recent ACC Advisory published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology describes the public reporting efforts from the ACC and its partners, including the benefits, challenges and what to expect from the data. The ACC developed a public reporting pathway in an effort to allow individuals to obtain information about the care they are likely to receive at an institution. Hospitals across the U.S. are now voluntarily reporting their NCDR data on several measures related to percutaneous coronary intervention and implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedures through, powered by ACC's CardioSmart. In addition to enabling patients to identify the best institution for their needs, public reporting incentivizes clinicians and health care organizations to improve quality of care, the authors note. Read more on Additionally, a recent U.S. News and World Report article called ACC's public reporting program an "initial step toward transformational transparency." Hospitals can opt in to publicly report at any point; hospitals that choose not to publicly report will be listed as "not participating" with ACC public reporting. Learn more about participating in public reporting.

TVT Registry Report Shows Positive Outcomes For Evolving TAVR Procedure
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) continues to evolve, and remains “safe and effective,” according to an annual STS/ACC TVT Registry report published Nov. 30 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). The report provides an overview of current U.S. TAVR practice and trends, and includes the 26,414 TAVR procedures performed from Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2014 at 348 centers enrolled in the STS/ACC TVT Registry. Patients were elderly, with a mean age of 82 years, had multiple comorbidities, were highly symptomatic, were often frail, and had poor self-reported health status. Read more here.

ACC/AHA Statement on Aortic Dilatation in Patients With Bicuspid Aortic Valves Released
A statement of clarification has been issued by the ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA), with endorsement from other societies, regarding differences between two guidelines that address the risk of aortic dissection in patients with bicuspid aortic valves and severe aortic enlargement. The statement was released Dec. 4 and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It clarifies differences in the 2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Thoracic Aortic Disease and the 2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease, which differ in regard to the recommended threshold of aortic root or ascending aortic dilatation that would justify surgical intervention in patients with bicuspid aortic valves. Read more on

Learn How to Enhance Quality Improvement at NCDR.16
Practice quality improvement efforts, quality reporting and value-based reimbursement are here to stay, and will play a critical role in provider payment models moving forward. The ACC’s NCDR Annual Conference (NCDR.16) held immediately prior to ACC’s Annual Scientific Session in Chicago, IL, offers a unique opportunity for physicians and other cardiovascular professionals  to learn more about the College’s clinical registry programs and how they can be leveraged to meet growing quality improvement requirements. The two-day meeting, held March 31 – April 1, 2016, will offer registry-specific workshops on topics ranging from how to access and interpret outcome reports and dashboard data, to  proper input of challenging data elements and understanding registry metrics. Inter-professional workshops will also cover topics such as how to build a quality improvement team and how to implement quality improvement programs. Over 1,000 registry professionals, quality experts, physicians and administrators from across the country are expected to attend. Learn more and register for NCDR.16 at


Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

JACC Leadership Page: A Micro View of MACRA, How the ACC and NCDR Will Help Members Navigate Radical Changes Ahead
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, president of the ACC, along with Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC, a member of the ACC Board of Trustees, and William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, executive vice president of Science, Education and Quality for the ACC, discuss the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which was signed into law on April 16, and is the result of more than a decade of collaboration between medical societies to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. They examine ways in which the College, particularly through the NCDR, will prepare members for MACRA. “The time is now for all ACC members to be certain that they are participants in at least one of the NCDR registry programs and to become familiar with their NCDR data,” they write. Read more. A MACRA issue brief is also available on The 2016 Cardiovascular Summit: Solutions for Thriving in a Time of Change, Feb. 18 – 20 in Las Vegas, NV, will provide an important forum for continued discussions on MACRA and new payment models. Register on

ACC in Touch Blog Focuses on the Responsibility and Power of Advocacy
Fellow-in-Training and Adult Congenital Pediatric Cardiology section member, Ada Stefanescu, MD, discusses the critical importance of the voice of cardiovascular professionals as advocates in a Nov. 24 post on the ACC in Touch blog. She specifically talks about how advocacy has made an impact on congenital heart disease patients ineligible for Medicaid or state insurance plans via the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Read Stefanescu’s post here.


Top Education and Career Growth News

ABIM MOC Deadline Approaching
For the majority of American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) diplomates, the two-year deadline to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points is Dec. 31. In order to be classified as “Participating in MOC,” diplomates must earn some MOC points prior to this date. For information about your personal MOC status please visit ABIM’s website. ACC members have access to wide-array of ABIM-approved resources and educational activities to help earn MOC points in time for the deadline, as well as throughout the year. ACC tools include ACC’s MOC Collection with modules in general cardiology/prevention, imaging, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, valvular heart disease and more; ACC’s Patient Safety MOC Module; ACC Journal Club; ACCSAP® 8; CathSAP® 4; and EchoSAP® 7. Learn more about ABIM’s MOC program in the MOC Information Hub on


Top Membership News

ACC in Touch Blog Features Perspective from New Faculty Cardiology and New Mom
In a Dec. 9 ACC in Touch Blog piece, Monika Sanghavi, MD, of Dallax, TX and the ACC Women in Cardiology section shares her perspective on a year of dual responsibilities and roles: cardiologist and new mom. “As I continue to work to create order in this storm of change, I routinely get advice from those who have fared similar waters in the past and take solace that so many amazing women have figured out a way to create a balance in their lives that allow them to ‘do their best,’ Sanghavi writes. “I think ‘doing it all’ may be an unrealistic expectation created by a society that we naively are trying to achieve.” Read her entire post here.

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:

Latest Issue of Cardiology Explores Population Health
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine explores population health, one of ACC’s strategic priorities and the focus of a recent retreat at Heart House. Check out an exclusive interview with Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC, editor of Learn more about Pamela Bowe Morris, MD, FACC’s lifelong passion for fitness and health nutrition; explore state level efforts to improve cardiovascular health; and more. Get the full issue at

ACC Infographic Provides Closer Look at the Cost of Lighting Up
Last month, November 2015, marked Smoking Cessation Month which provides an important opportunity to discuss the impacts of smoking on cardiovascular health. The ACC aims to promote smoking cessation by providing health care providers and their patients with information on the ‘Cost of Lighting Up,’ including national and global statistics on smoking and cardiovascular disease. Download the infographic at More patient resources for smoking cessation can be found on


Digital ACC Resources

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).


© 2016 GA Chapter of the American College of Cardiology | Terms of Service
4850 Golden Parkway, Suite B-418, Buford, GA 30518
Tel: 770-271-0453 | Fax: 770-271-0634
J.W. (Hank) Holderfield, Executive Director
Melissa Connor, Executive Assistant
















Follow Us on Twitter