ACC Approves Transformational Changes to Its Governance Structure

Williams HeadshotBy Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, ACC President

Leadership.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

In a well-known Harvard Business Review article, author and psychiatrist Daniel Goleman wrote that the best leaders have five key traits: 1) self-awareness; 2) self-regulation; 3) motivation; 4) empathy; and 5) social skill. Dr. Goleman noted that leaders with these traits are trustworthy, open to change, have a strong drive to achieve, maintain optimism in the face of failure, and reflect an unwavering commitment to his/her organization, profession, and/or an issue at hand. Each of these traits was on full display last weekend during the Board of Trustees’ meeting when members approved substantial – and largely unprecedented – changes to the College’s governance structure that will make us more nimble, strategic, accountable, and more reflective of the diversity and breadth within the global cardiovascular community. Continue reading

MOC Update: Greater Flexibility Available for Part II; New ACC Task Forces Formed

Patrick_OGara_130x130 richard_a_chazal_130x130_12_31_2014This post was authored by Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, immediate past president of the ACC, and Richard Chazal, MD, FACC, president-elect of the ACC.

Following on the heels of its Internal Medicine Summit in Philadelphia, PA, last week, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has released an updated “Application for ABIM MOC Recognition” that provides more opportunities for physicians to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II points for activities with a self-assessment component that have traditionally been designated as CME credits only.

In its February 2015 announcement regarding changes to the MOC process, which resulted from sustained, constructive input from organizations like the ACC, ABIM indicated it would develop ways to recognize most forms of ACCME-approved Continuing Medical Education, thus “allowing new and more flexible ways” for physicians to demonstrate self-assessment of medical knowledge. The updated ABIM MOC application, if managed correctly, provides an opportunity for physicians to apply earned CME credits towards meeting their five-year MOC requirements. Continue reading

Changing the Future of CV Medicine Starts With Addressing the Global Problem of NCDs

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

It is my privilege and honor to chair a session today on the critical topic of “Population & Global Health – Combating CV Diseases/Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Globally.” The session is part of the special Future of Cardiovascular Medicine Track, which is focused on what the world will look like in 2025 in the context of cardiovascular health. The first United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2011 led to the adoption of the UN Political Declaration which placed NCDs on the global health and development agenda. Member States committed to a set of actions to accelerate the NCD response. I had the privilege of attending the United Nations deliberations on NCDs in June 2014 and testifying before the General Assembly. Given the lofty global goal of the United Nations and World Health Organization to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by 25 percent by 2025, this session couldn’t be more pertinent. As Dr. Margaret Chan (Director-General of the World Health Organization) has been quoted “A world that is greatly out of balance in matters of health is neither stable nor secure.” Continue reading

ACC.15 is Here!

Patrick_OGara_130x130Medical professionals from all over the world have arrived in sunny San Diego, CA, for the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session and Expo (ACC.15).

Emphasizing a mantra of “more learning, less lecturing,” this year’s conference places a greater focus on innovation and more experiential learning opportunities for attendees. With various new interactive and innovative learning environments that include interviews, panel discussions, debates, moderated forums and small group talks, patient/physician role-playing, competitions, and volunteer audience panelists, this year’s meeting is easily the best Annual Scientific Session we’ve put together thus far. Continue reading

NCDR.15 Kicks Off With Focus on Physician Engagement

This post was authored by John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC, chief science officer of the ACC’s NCDR.

Today, more than 1,200 registry professionals, quality experts, cardiovascular administrators and physicians have come together in San Diego for two days of registry-focused learning and best practice sharing. Over the years, the ACC’s NCDR Annual Conference has grown in size, reflecting the expansion of the NCDR registries and conference offerings.

Originally developed to educate data managers and abstractors on data accuracy, registry advances and the application of registry data for quality improvement, the curriculum has expanded in recent years to cover the role registries play in health care, engaging physician and administrators in ownership and use of data, and applying data to meet growing regulatory and educational requirements. Continue reading

Navigating the ACC.15 Sports and Exercise Cardiology Sessions

Emery_Michael_MD_6-11-14_NOCOATThis post was authored by Michael S. Emery, MD, FACC, co-chair of the ACC’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

The ACC’s Annual Scientific Session is the cornerstone of ACC education and there are several exciting sports and exercise cardiology sessions planned for this year in San Diego. Be sure to go to the ACC.15 Online Program Planner and/or download the ACC.15 App, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, and navigate to the “Sessions by Practice Focus – Browse Sports Cardiology” for a comprehensive listing. Continue reading

Reaction to Public Citizen’s Criticism of Cardiac Screening Programs

Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, called on 20 hospitals today to stop marketing health screening programs directly to the public, saying such screenings do “a great disservice to the community … and to public health more broadly.”

In letters sent directly to the hospitals sponsoring screenings by HealthFair, based in Winter Park, FL, Public Citizen called on the hospitals to stop “fearmongering — scaring healthy individuals about their future health.” The letters note that for “many people, false-positive test results from this screening lead to unfounded anxiety and additional unnecessary, risky, and costly diagnostic procedures and treatment interventions.” They also point out that false positives can also lead to overdiagnosis.

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