NCDR.15 Continues Focus on Physicians and Administrators: ACC.15 to Offer Interventional-Focused Education

NCDR Update | Since its inception, the ACC’s annual conference for NCDR registry participants has focused on a wide range of registry-related topics such as data accuracy and quality, relevant healthcare trends and the application of registry data for quality improvement but, in recent years, the curriculum has expanded to include physicians and administrators. Held March 12-13, immediately prior to the ACC’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, CA, NCDR.15 will provide an excellent opportunity for physicians and administrators involved in ACC registries to further their knowledge about the use of data for quality improvement.

Taking place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, NCDR.15 is expected to bring together more than 900 registry professionals, quality experts, cardiovascular administrators and physicians from across the country for two days of registry-focused training, quality improvement discussions, networking, and the sharing of best practices.

Building on two years of success with targeted workshops for physicians and cardiovascular administrators, NCDR.15 will feature even more sessions with special emphasis placed on preparing physicians and administrators to take a more active role in their clinical registry programs—and in turn, in their quality improvement efforts. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to use NCDR data to meet regulatory reporting requirements, conduct quality improvement, and obtain Maintenance of Certification Part IV points for physicians.

“Each year we focus on the topics that are the most relevant to NCDR participants and those that are reflective of the current healthcare environment,” said John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, chief science officer of the NCDR. “By engaging physicians in their registry programs, we can ensure better data quality, broader use and interpretation of outcomes reports and improvements in the delivery of care.”

The conference will open with a keynote presentation from John Spertus, MD, MPH, on engaging physicians in quality improvement. Additional general sessions will include a presentation on managing data quality and the closing session, “No Reservations – Disruptive Innovation,” will be delivered by Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM. Throughout both days, concurrent workshops will provide registry-specific education on difficult data elements, metrics, quality improvement efforts, and more. Workshops for each registry will include deep dives into expanded uses for data and interpreting outcome reports, while physician and administrator-focused breakout sessions will cover topics such as engaging fellow physicians and administrators, optimizing data quality, implementing quality improvement, and the future of clinical registries and electronic health records.

As NCDR.15 wraps up, ACC.15 will begin with an impressive offering of interventional-focused education. Taking place March 14-16 at San Diego Convention Center, ACC.15 will feature 11 Learning Pathways. The TCT@ACC-i2 Learning Pathway will cover the topics most pertinent to interventional cardiologists, and will highlight the newest and most critical developments in the field and provide non-interventionalists with the opportunity to learn more about the subspecialty and what it can offer to patients. Hot topics in interventional cardiology offered as part of ACC.15 will include:

  • Debating the Optimal Pharmacology for PCI in ACS (SESSION #2602)
  • Current Dilemmas and Controversies: How Should We Be Choosing Which Patients to Receive PCI and Which to Stick with Medical Therapy (SESSION #2606)
  • Challenging the Dogma: Recent Controversial Clinical Trials and Transition Into Daily Practice (SESSION #2612)
  • The Heart Team Approach to Identifying the TAVR Patient (SESSION #2641)
  • Future of TAVR Including Emerging Technology (SESSION #2636)
  • Controversies in Antithrombotic Strategies After Stenting (SESSION #2632)
  • DAPT in 2015: State-of-the-Art (SESSION #2609)
  • Core Curriculum: Cardiac Catheterization/Hemodynamics (SESSION #823)

Learn more about the sessions in this learning pathway and others with the ACC.15 Online Program Planner, available at For more information about the NCDR or NCDR.15, visit

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