The Future Is Bright: ACC’s International Initiatives and Goals

Jose PineiroThis post was authored by Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Assembly of International Governors.

Since its foundation in 1949, the ACC has worked to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health around the world through education, research, quality cardiovascular care and health policy. Despite its name (American College of Cardiology), the ACC has grown to be an inclusive and global organization with nearly 50,000 members including nearly 14,000 international representatives from more than 130 countries.

Over the last several years, the international community has increasingly become an integral part of the College. One of the most successful international initiatives to date has been the creation of International Chapters, which now number 34. These Chapters have played a crucial role in bringing members together in their home countries and also facilitating relationships between the ACC, its International Fellows, and colleagues from other national cardiovascular societies and associations. Continue reading

An Early Career’s Perspective of the ACC.15 Sports and Exercise Intensive

Salazar_Christina 9112This post was authored by Christina Salazar, MD, FACC, member of the ACC’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

Preparation and performance come to mind as I reflect on my experience as a first time faculty at ACC.15 in San Diego. I had the pleasure of co-chairing one of the four parts of the Sports and Exercise Intensive during ACC.15. It was not a difficult position, but exciting and I was able to meet and interact with several of the leading cardiologists in the field of sports cardiology.

This year’s Annual Scientific Session brought much excitement due to the focus on interactive education. For those of you who attended ACC.15, you were able to experience first-hand the many beneficial educational changes that were visible throughout the conference. In particular, the Sports and Exercise Intensive was a 4.25-hour block of time dedicated specifically to the growing field of sports cardiology. We were fortunate to have many leading cardiologists present during this intensive and in the end there were several take away points. Continue reading

The Economic Impact of AUC Implementation at a Large Community Hospital

Pranav Puri headshotThis post was authored by Pranav Puri, a first year undergraduate student at The University of Chicago.

Approximately 600,000 percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) are performed in the U.S. each year at a cost that exceeds $12 billion. In recent years, the emphasis of the national health care system has shifted towards providing higher quality care at lower costs, and payment models are shifting away from fee-for-service towards population-based health management and bundled payments. In an effort to assist both physicians and patients in choosing the best procedure for patient outcomes, the ACC developed appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization in 2009 and released a focused update in January 2012.

In February 2012, UnityPoint Trinity in Rock Island, IL initiated a process involving the education and participation of physicians and nurses towards the implementation of the ACC’s AUC. Since the economic impact of AUC has been of interest to me for quite some time (read my previous blog on my poster presentation at ACC.13 here), my colleagues and I put together a study to assess the long-term effects of implementation of AUC on volumes of both interventions and diagnostics. We also studied the distribution of acute vs. elective interventions, and aimed to quantify the economic impact of implementation of the AUC. Continue reading

Partnerships Key to Accelerating Health Care Innovation

This post was authored by Jeffrey S. Soble, MD, FACC.

The ACC recently embarked on a partnership with global incubator and investment fund, 1776, to help fuel innovation in health care. As part of this partnership, the College is supporting the 1776 Challenge Cup, a global competition to identify the most promising startups solving some of the world’s biggest challenges, including health care.


Challenge Cup winner Tal Givoly of Medivizor.

As part of this support, the ACC is hosting several of the health care Challenge Cup winners from around the globe in San Diego for ACC.15. It’s been a privilege to interact with these innovative start-up founders and learn first-hand from them about the challenges and opportunities associated with bringing innovation to life. Over the last three days, Challenge Cup winners have attended sessions in the Future of CV Medicine pathway, met with industry representatives and networked with ACC leaders. Continue reading

Convergence of Science and Technology Explored in Day One of Future Track

This post was authored by Sanjeev Bhavnani, MD, chair of the ACC.15 session on Mobile Technology in Health Care.

sanjeev_bhavnoniOn day one of the Future of Cardiovascular MedicineTrack at #ACC15, we experienced innovation in several forms – most of all among our participants who were actively tweeting, texting and engaging to convey their thoughts and comments through social media and virtual connections. Cardiology has always been strongest at its roots and if this is an example of the things to come, we are well positioned for the future. Continue reading

Starting a Heart Center For Women: How It’s Been Done and How You Can Do It Too

This post was authored by Annabelle Santos Volgman, MD, FACC, member of the ACC Women in Cardiology member section.

Annabelle Santos Volgman Headshot CroppedThere have been more women than men dying from cardiovascular disease since 1984, yet, until recently, it was still thought of as a man’s disease. In 2000, the gap increased to about 70,000 more women than men! At this time, a concerted effort began in cardiology to narrow this gap. Heart centers for women began to open their doors around the country to take care of women with or at risk for heart disease.

Today at noon, the ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) member section will host the panel discussion, “How to Start a Heart Center for Women.” Come to the WIC Lounge in the Lounge and Learn Pavilion and learn about the different ways to start a heart center for women in your medical center or community. If you are thinking of starting one or are interested in hearing more about heart centers for women, this will give you invaluable insight into how successful they can be. Continue reading

Patient Engagement Pavilion Highlights Resources For Patient-Centered Care

Located in booth #3449 of the ACC.15 Expo Hall, the Patient Engagement Pavilion spotlights ACC’s commitment to patient care by providing a dedicated area that showcases programs, tools and resources that address the needs of both cardiovascular patients and clinicians.

The Pavilion features more than 10 national health and cardiovascular organizations and an impressive line-up of speakers and topics.

Patient Engagement Pavilion presentations will kick off this morning with an overview from JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, on the ACC’s guidelines-based patient education offerings that support patient engagement and population health. Other featured topics will include shared decision making, the ACC Patient Navigator Program, reducing risk through lifestyle management, a partnership to advance women’s heart health, and the role of nursing in patient education. 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