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TOP STORY: Get Your Daily Dose of Quality at ACC.12

Over the last several decades there have been real advances in cardiovascular science and medicine, the result of cardiologists, nurses and other care providers focusing on what’s best for their patients, asking new questions and exploring fresh, innovative ways to attack the nation’s leading killer.

The 60 percent decline in the death rate from cardiovascular disease that has occurred since the 1950s is one of the most significant achievements in the history of twentieth century medicine. Other more recent advances in the past decade include a 30 percent decline in heart failure-related hospital readmissions, and findings that heart attack patients are receiving lifesaving angioplasty just 64 minutes after arrival at the hospital. Quality improvement initiatives like the ACC’s Hospital to Home (H2H), Imaging in FOCUS and Door to Balloon Alliance can take credit for helping to facilitate these successes. The ACC’s suite of NCDR® registries also continues to play a key role in benchmarking and improvement.

ACC.12 will provide several opportunities for cardiovascular professionals to learn more about incorporating quality improvement into their day-to-day activities, as well as look ahead to what high-quality cardiovascular care might look like in the future.

“The development of innovative new programs and payment models that reward physicians who deliver high quality and efficient care has been a College priority over the last several years in light of health care reform and the need to curb out-of-control health care costs,” says ACC CEO Jack Lewin. “ACC.12 provides a high-profile opportunity to highlight our recent successes and share best practices and lessons learned.” Don't miss these sessions:

Saturday, March 24

  • Patient-Centered Care: The New Imperative
    8-9:30 a.m.; McCormick Place North, N226

  • Getting Access to Data: Successful Examples from the NCDR
    12:15-1:45 p.m.; McCormick Place South, S501a
    The Challenges in Daily Practice
    12:15-1:45 p.m.; McCormick Place N230

  • Measuring and Optimizing Quality in Your Outpatient Practice: The PINNACLE Registry
    4:30-6 p.m.; McCormick Place South, S501a

Sunday, March 25

  • Tools to Improve the Care Transition: The Hospital to Home (H2H) Experience
    8-9:30 a.m.; McCormick Place South, S501a

  • U.S. Health System Reform: What’s Missing?
    10:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; McCormick Place South, S100c

Monday, March 26

  • Where Will Cardiology Be in 2015?
    8-9:30 a.m.; McCormick Place North, N427

  • The Future of Cardiovascular Disease: Where Are We Going (and Where Do We Want to Go)?
    10:30 a.m.-Noon; McCormick Place North, N426

  • Bringing Evidence to the Bedside: Making Guidelines More Accessible to Clinicians
    2-3:30 p.m.; McCormick Place North, N427

  • Transforming Health Care Delivery Through CV Registries
    3:45-5:15 p.m.; McCormick Place North, N427

  • Improving Outcomes and Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions
    3:45-5:15 p.m.; McCormick Place South, S406b

Download the ACC.12 eMeeting Planner App for additional sessions in the Quality of Care and Outcomes Assessment, and Practice Performance, Improvement and Administration learning pathways. In addition, special 30-minute educational sessions will also take place on Saturday and Sunday in ACC Central (Booth #10027).

SCIENCE: Breadth, Versatility of NCDR Data to be Showcased at ACC.12

Over the course of the last several years, research from NCDR® has proven itself to be the data source for ground-breaking cardiovascular research.  During ACC.12, a number of abstracts, including oral and poster presentations, will showcase the breadth and versatility of NCDR data. View the NDCR highlights.

Saturday, March 24: 

  • Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Outcomes Following Bivalirudin vs. Unfractionated Heparin during Carotid Artery Stenting: Analysis from the NCDR®
    9:30 a.m. – Noon 
    South Building, Hall A, Poster #2535-562
  • IMPACT Registry® (IMproving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment): First Data Report
    11:45 a.m.–Noon
    South Building, S105a, Oral Presentation #901-8

Sunday, March 25: 

  • Temporal Trends in Quality of Care Among ICD Recipients: Insights from the NCDR® ICD RegistryTM 
    11–11:15 a.m.  
    North Building, N426, Oral Presentation #919-4

Monday, March 26:

  • Clinical Trial Participation After Acute Coronary Syndrome and Associated Outcomes: Insight from the ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM
    9:30–10:30 a.m. 
    South Building, Hall A, Poster #1250-22
  • Improving Practice−Based Learning for Fellows in Training with Cardiology’s First Ambulatory Quality Improvement Registry: Observations from the PINNACLE Registry®
    9:30–10:30 a.m.  
    South Building, Hall A, Poster #1254-205

Tuesday, March 27: 

  • Survival after PCI or CABG in Older Patients with Stable Multivessel Coronary Disease: Results from the ACCF-STS Database Collaboration on the Comparative Effectiveness of Revascularization Strategies (ASCERT Study)
    8–9:30 a.m. 
    North Building, Hall B, ACC.12 Main Tent, Oral Presentation #308-7, ACC Special Session: Joint ACC/JAMA Late Breaking Clinical Trials

For the complete Guide to NCDR abstracts at ACC.12, visit or stop by ACC Central (Booth #10027) during Expo hours.

EDUCATION: Adult Clinical Cardiology Self-Assessment Program Launches
The ACC is launching ACCSAP8 at ACC.12. ACCSAP8 is an online educational tool designed to help users in the field of adult clinical cardiology. Users can learn about clinical practice guidelines, recommendations and protocols, plus emerging research information and how to translate the information into a practice setting. In addition, ACCSAP8 provides opportunities to learn about quality and cost of care issues, patient safety strategies and how to improve performance.

Highlights of ACCSAP8 include:

  • An improved user interface
  • Easy access to your pre and post test scores
  • Questions categorized by clinical topic so you can see your scores and target further study
  • Ability to bookmark sections for easy reference
  • Thousands of expertly-processed figures, tables and clinical images
  • Hundreds of peer-reviewed, ABIM-style self-assessment questions
  • A convenient study guide featuring the key points from each chapter
  • Expert opinion and clinical wisdom from more than 130 world-renowned experts
  • Abundant CME credit and points toward the ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. 

Visit ACC Central (Booth #10027) for more information!

Expo: Health IT at ACC.12

The ACC is highly committed to assisting its members in the adoption and implementation of health IT to promote quality in cardiovascular care. To that end, the ACC.12 Expo (South Building, Level 3, Halls A1 and A2) will once again feature the Health IT Pavilion, which is dedicated to showcasing health IT companies and consulting firms; their products, services and technologies; and the benefits to health care providers. In the Health IT Pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to view and discuss the latest advances in health IT with more than 20 exhibitors, gathered in one convenient location:

  • Airstrip Technologies
  • Aprima Medical Software
  • Ascendian Healthcare Consulting
  • athenahealth, Inc.
  • Crescendo Systems Corp.
  • Data Strategies, Inc.
  • Diagnosoft, Inc.
  • DR Systems, Inc.
  • eClinicalWorks
  • Epiphany Cardiography Products
  • The Healthcare Network
  • Henry Schein MicroMD
  • Intuitive Solutions
  • McKesson
  • MedCo Data LLC
  • Merge Healthcare
  • NextGen Healthcare
  • NextServices Inc.
  • PhysBiz Tech
  • PracticeMax

To learn more about these companies, visit the ACC.12 Expo Hall website and click on “Health IT Pavilion.”
New this year, attendees don’t have to miss a minute of education to explore the Health IT Pavilion and visit with the 300+ exhibitors in the ACC.12 Expo Hall. ACC.12 offers more than six hours of dedicated Expo time — unopposed by education sessions — to meet with industry and learn more about their offerings. Round out the day by discovering cutting-edge innovations while enjoying morning and afternoon coffee breaks, sponsored by Sanofi US, in the Expo Hall. You can also join your colleagues for lunch in the Expo Hall on Monday, March 26, from Noon to 2 p.m.  For a complete list of health IT activities during ACC.12, including educational sessions and Expo presentations, click here

ACC-i2  WITH TCT: A Closer Look at Abstracts

In the third and final interview about ACC-i2 with TCT abstracts, CardioSourceNews interviewed Philippe Généreux MD, interventional cardiologist from Columbia University Medical Center and The Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Briefly tell us about your abstract?
This abstract looks at “Clinical Outcomes after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Using Valve Academic Research Consortium (VARC) Definitions: A Weighted Meta-Analysis of 3,519 Patients from 16 Studies.”  It will be presented on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon in Hall A of McCormick Place South.    
What are you looking forward to most about ACC.12?
Of course, the late breaking trials will be exciting this year. The two year follow-up data of PARTNER trial cohort A and the INFUSE-MI trial will bring interesting data and I am convinced, may have a direct impact on our daily practice. I also always enjoy the abstracts session, where we can appreciate high quality scientific work from different groups, and also, identify areas of future interest and development.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Connect With Colleagues in New Ways at ACC.12!

Don't miss the following opportunities to stay on top of daily news, late-breaking clinical trials and other activities, while also connecting with other CV professionals, during ACC.12:

  • Discuss, learn and network in the ACC.12 Community
  • Get special ACC.12 coverage from the “FITs on the GO” in the FIT Blog
  • Read the latest from ACC leaders on the ACCinTouch Blog 
  • “Like” the American College of Cardiology on Facebook
  • Follow @ACC_2012 and @ACC_2012expo on Twitter and use the hashtag #ACC12
  • Text ACC12 to 202-499-4567 to receive text message alerts during the meeting.

Plus, download the CardioSourceNews App for instant access to CardioSourceNews daily newspaper coverage from the meeting and the ACC.12 eMeeting Planner App for sessions, abstracts, exhibitor info, maps and more! Visit for more information.

COMMUNITIES: Get the Latest in Registry Education at NCDR.12

Roughly 650 NCDR participants have registered to attend NCDR.12, the NCDR’s Annual Meeting taking place March 21 and 22 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel in Chicago.

Attendees at NCDR.12 will have the opportunity to hear about the latest registry updates, new tools to improve data collection and proven techniques to implement quality improvement initiatives. In addition, NCDR.12 sessions will feature a variety of topics, including:

  • Tips for using the new NCDR dashboard, from the administrator perspective
  • A preview of the dashboards for ICD Registry and ACTION Registry-GWTG, scheduled for release this year
  • A look at new risk models being rolled out this year, including details on the new Risk-Adjusted Mortality (RAM) model
  • An introduction to the new STS/ACC TVT Registry™ presented by ACC President David Holmes, MD, FACC
  • Advanced case studies covering appropriate use criteria, outcomes report interpretation and more
  • A discussion on the NCDR’s PVI registry currently being developed
  • Extended lunch breaks offering more time for networking with regional and national colleagues

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