Past ACC President Selected to Chair World Heart Federation Partners Council

This post was authored by John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, past-president of the ACC.

I am honored to have been chosen as the chair of the World Heart Federation (WHF) Partners Council for 2016 on behalf of the ACC. In this new capacity representing the College, I led the first meeting of the WHF’s Partners Council in March 11 in London, England.

WHF President Salim Yusuf, MBBS, FACC, opened the meeting noting that the vision of the WHF is to work with members and the cardiovascular health community to hasten the day when cardiovascular health is no longer a privilege – but a right, and when cardiovascular disease is transformed from a life-threatening disease to one that can be prevented and managed in all populations. He added that the role of the WHF is to serve as the global facilitator, convener, trusted adviser and representative of cardiovascular disease stakeholders, driving the global cardiovascular health agenda by converting policy into action, through its members and a broader network of partners. Continue reading

#Cardiology Ontology: Using Hashtags to Improve #CVD Care

This post was authored by R. Jay Widmer, MD, PhD (@DrArgyle);  Carolyn M. Larsen, MD (@carolynmarieMN); Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC (@HeartBobH); T. Jared Bunch, MD (@TJaredBunch); John P. Erwin, III, MD, FACC (@HeartOTXHeartMD); John M. Mandrola, MD, FACC (@drjohnm); and Farris K. Timimi, MD, FACC (@FarrisTimimi), members of the Cardiovascular Symplur Ontology Project.

Following in the footsteps of several other specialties, cardiology now has a hashtag ontology page dedicated to facilitating social media use for providers and the wider health care community. The aim of the cardiology ontology page is to assemble and disseminate hashtags pertinent to cardiovascular diseases. This enables health care professionals, patients and family members to organize discussions surrounding cardiovascular medicine in an effort to keep the interest of the patient foremost.

We often hear, “Oh it’s so vast and overwhelming, there’s no way I could be on Twitter” when approaching colleagues about a recent fruitful encounter on one of the largest social media platforms in the world. Although cardiology only occupies a small fraction of the over 300 million viewers and billions of tweets generated daily on Twitter, the potential value cardiovascular disease providers can garner and large impact they can have on public health is beyond immense. However, just like any medication or therapy we suggest or prescribe to our patients, social media must be palatable and easily navigated in order to have broad uptake. One means by which this can be accomplished is by codifying a set of terms common in cardiology, and much like our colleagues in oncology, radiation oncology, and recently urology, providing a cardiovascular ontology around which patients and providers can easily identify specific entities within the world of cardiology. Continue reading

And It’s Going, Going, Gone! ACC Knocks It Out of the Park at Big Sky

SK_headshotThis article was authored by Sandeep K. Krishnan, MD, a fellow in training (FIT) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The ACC has done it again! Another home run for the FIT team! I recently had the good fortune of attending the Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers (3T’s) program embedded into ACC’s 38th Annual Cardiology at Big Sky conference. It was a conference like no other I have ever attended.

By itself, the ACC Big Sky conference is a unique entity. For five days starting every President’s Day weekend in mid-February, Kim Eagle, MD, MACC, and Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, host this highly-informative conference surrounded by the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Big Sky, MT, in and of itself a small, charming town located 1.5 hours away from the nearest airport. Continue reading

Cardiovascular Summit: Disruptive Solutions For the CV Care Team

ValentineThis post was authored by C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, incoming vice president of the ACC and course co-director of the 2016 Cardiovascular Summit.

As clinicians, we strive day in and day out to provide high-quality, patient-centered, cost-efficient care to our patients. In a time of rapid health care change, balancing all of this while also striving to achieve operational excellence and financial success is challenging to say the least.

Recognizing the need for solutions to help cardiovascular professionals thrive in this time of change, Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC, Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, and I started the Cardiovascular Summit several years back. Since then, the course has evolved to meet the current needs of entire the cardiovascular care team. Continue reading

Find Your Heart a Home

DEHMER_BOT_2010This post was authored by Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, MACC, chair of the NCDR Public Reporting Advisory Group.

In this era of health care transparency, patients and their families want access to credible information about quality of care to help them make informed decisions. Recognizing this trend, the ACC spent several years developing a program to bring important information about the quality of care provided at NCDR hospitals to the public. In addition to empowering patients to take an active role in their care decisions, ACC’s public reporting program, which U.S. News and World Report called an “initial step towards transformational transparency,” incentivizes clinicians and health care organizations to improve quality of care. Continue reading

ACC.16: Disrupt Your Thinking and Ignite Innovation

POPPAS_BOT_2010This post was authored by Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session.

ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session will feature sessions and lectures designed to disrupt your thinking and ignite innovation. Members of the cardiovascular care team from around the world will join together at this intersection of science and change in Chicago, IL from April 2 – 4.

The program committee – comprised of some of the best and brightest in their respective fields – is committed to providing the most valuable and up-to-date content at ACC.16. Once again, the meeting will feature “more learning, less lecturing” in order to give attendees as much practical training, education and networking as possible in our dynamic three-day format. We know you’ll want to get back to your patients and everyday lives quickly – refreshed and ready to apply what you’ve learned in Chicago. Continue reading

Stakeholder Collaboration Key to Evolving Valve Management Strategies

Ogara_PatThis post was authored by ACC Immediate Past President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC.

The epidemiology of valvular heart disease (VHD) has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. In the U.S. alone, up to 1.5 million people have moderate or severe aortic stenosis (AS) and approximately 4 million people have significant mitral regurgitation (MR). Clinicians face several challenges in identifying and treating patients with valvular heart disease, particularly AS and MR.

To help better address these challenges, the College recently hosted a two-day Evolving Heart Valve Management Strategies Roundtable that brought together experts from 28 organizations representing a wide variety of medical specialties, industry, patients, integrated health systems and other stakeholder groups, as well as representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue reading

Advocating for Cardiology in the Nation’s Capital

The ACC’s 2015 Legislative Conference is in full swing in Washington, DC. The conference kicked off on Sunday night with a special ACC Political Action Committee-sponsored reception and dinner featuring remarks from Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator and psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer, MD. In the midst of a unique congressional climate, Krauthammer shared an insider’s perspective into the state of politics in Washington and the 2016 presidential election.

Today, a full lineup of sessions armed more than 400 attendees with the information needed to effect change in their states and on Capitol Hill. While it’s important for attendees to understand the health policy landscape every year, it’s more important than ever in 2015. Recent developments, including repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) by enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Authorization Act of 2015, release of new Meaningful Use regulations and ICD-10 implementation, have significantly shifted how health care is delivered, resulting in novel challenges and opportunities. Continue reading

Thursday Video Highlights From TCT 2015

Peter Block, MD, FACC, and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, discuss the Thursday meeting highlights from TCT 2015, including the SAPIEN 3 trial and the BRAVO 3 trial. View full TCT 2015 meeting coverage at ACC.org/TCT and watch all the video coverage on ACC’s YouTube page.

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Wednesday Video Highlights From TCT 2015

Peter Block, MD, FACC, and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, discuss the Wednesday meeting highlights from TCT 2015, including the ISAR-DESIRE 4 trial and the TUXEDO trial. View full TCT 2015 meeting coverage at ACC.org/TCT and watch all the video coverage on ACC’s YouTube page.

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