The ACC.18 Meeting Coverage Page on ACC.org features post-meeting content from the Interventional Cardiology Learning Pathway to reinforce the teaching points and education presented during ACC.18. Catch up on the ODYSSEY OUTCOMES, SMART-DATE, TREAT and SECURE-PCI trials with summary slides.
The ACC.18 Meeting Coverage Page on ACC.org now features post-meeting content that is meant to reinforce the teaching points and education presented during ACC.18 from the Interventional Cardiology Learning Pathway.
Join ACC’s Interventional Council for a free webinar, May 15 at 7 p.m. ET, to discuss the current status of cardiogenic shock. Topics will include cardiogenic shock detection, timeliness of intervention, hemodynamic parameters, mechanical support devices and present initiatives to reduce mortality.
The Commission on Continuing Board Certification: Vision For the Future is seeking stakeholder feedback on the current state of board certification. The Commission – which comprises physicians, professional medical organizations, national specialty and state medical societies, hospitals and health systems, the general public and patients, and the 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties – is working to assess the current state of continuing board certification and envision a framework for the future.
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions highlights practice-changing, insightful research from ACC.18.
ACC’s Surgeons and Interventional Member Section Councils have created a transcatheter heart valve handbook to provide a single source of introductory information on aortic, mitral and pulmonary transcatheter valve technology, intended for residents and Fellows in Training in cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery.
Adopting a hybrid attending-fellow-in-training (AFIT) training model may offer a solution to funding an additional year of training for structural heart disease (SHD) trainees, while also allowing them to act as part-time interventional cardiology attendings, according to a Fellows in Training/Early Career column published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions examines the emerging role of inflammation in cardiovascular disease, including findings from the CANTOS trial.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), through its Innovation Center, released a new voluntary bundled payment model on Jan. 9 called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). This model is intended to build on the lessons from the current Bundled Payments for Care Improvement model that will conclude later this year.
Join the ACC Interventional Member Council on Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET, to view the first webinar in a four-part series focused on structural heart disease.
On Dec. 12, the ACC Interventional Member Council provided an overview of the institutional requirements and desired physician skill sets necessary to build a complex coronary intervention program. They also discussed potential patient populations, referral sources and potential reimbursement related to this program.
Two recently published expert analyses on ACC.org discuss various perspectives on the latest topics in interventional cardiology. In the first expert analysis, George W. Vetrovec, MD, MACC, reviews significant findings that were announced at the 2017 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Meeting and the 2017 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. He focuses on the comments of experts who discuss their views on the relevance, significance and even limits of the trials, including opportunities for future investigations.
The day of Sept. 16, 1977, is recalled by pioneering interventionalists as the day coronary revascularization changed for patients and the yet-to-evolve interventional cardiologists.
Based on continued feedback from the internal medicine community, including physicians and societies like the ACC, the American Board of Internal Medicine has announced two updates to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements involving MOC Part IV and the new Knowledge Check-In option
In the latest ACC Cardiology Hour, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, is joined by Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC; Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC; Prediman K. Shah, MD, MACC; and Chadwick W. Stouffer, MD, in a roundtable discussion of the hottest trials from AHA 2017 in Anaheim, CA. Among the trials discussed are DACAB, CANVAS, EXSCEL, POISE-2 and more.
The ACC, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, have published new guidelines for the treatment of adult patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death. The new guidelines replace the 2006 ACC/AHA/SC Guidelines for Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death and provide recommendations regarding general evaluation of patients with documented or suspected VA; treatments, therapies and prevention of VA; acute management of specific VA; and VA in the structurally normal heart.
The National Quality Forum’s Cardiovascular Standing Committee is accepting applications for its upcoming measure review cycle to evaluate new and previously endorsed performance measures for heart disease.
Surveys assessing the physician work necessary to perform (1) leadless pacemaker implantation and explantation, (2) pulmonary wireless monitor implantation and management and (3) pediatric thermodilution studies are being distributed to members throughout the month of October. If you are randomly selected and receive a survey, please take 15 – 30 minutes to thoughtfully complete it. Annual updates to the physician work relative values are based on recommendations from the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC).
The ACC, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) have announced a partnership to develop new modules to help subspecialty cardiologists potentially meet collaborative maintenance pathway requirements equivalent to satisfying the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) current 10-year maintenance of certification (MOC) examination.
The cover and feature stories in the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions provides insights for refining clinical practice from trials presented at ESC Congress.
The ACC is accepting public comments on the PVI Registry Version 2.0 upgrade. Physician leaders and other registry stakeholders recommended upgrading the registry with a phased approach for additional interventional procedures.
In conjunction with the ACC Committee Nominations cycle, the College’s Membership Committee is now accepting applications through Sept. 22. The Membership Committee was established as part of the 2015 College’s governance transformation and serves as standing committee of the College, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.
The ACC, American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are working with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to begin exploring development of collaborative maintenance pathways through which physicians can maintain board certification. For cardiology, the ACC would provide clinicians with learning material and assessments modeled after its lifelong learning self-assessment program.
On the eve of Election Day 2016, Twitter was determined to be the largest source of breaking news with a reported 40 million tweets. Donald Trump's fondness for Twitter was evident throughout his presidential campaign and the election may have inadvertently given spark to a form of social media that was stagnant for several years and on the verge of collapse. Twitter was created in 2006 as an online news and social networking service. It was the brainchild of four computer programmers who wanted a new way to send texts on their cellphones. Despite what preconceived notion there may be about Twitter, it is not just a way to tell your friends what you ate for lunch. It has evolved into a powerful communication tool with great potential for medical applications.
Watch the new "ACC Cardiology Hour," an expert roundtable discussion of the hottest trials from ESC Congress 2017.
The ACC held an appropriate use criteria (AUC) summit on Aug. 9 at Heart House in Washington, DC. The summit provided an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' forthcoming AUC program, with discussion among participants about where the program is headed and how the AUC community, including the ACC, can help.
The August 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions explores the use and potential benefits of robotics for performing PCI, including comments from Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FACC, and Ryan Madder, MD, FACC. The feature article highlights some late-breaking trials from EuroPCR and SCAI.
The multi-society 2017 AATS/ACC/SCAI/STS Expert Consensus Systems of Care Document on Operator and Institutional Requirements for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is open for public comment.
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is seeking your help to learn about the volume and characteristics of PCI and related procedures currently being performed by interventional cardiologists. ABIM’s Cardiovascular Specialty Board is considering modifying the procedural requirement for MOC and is conducting a brief, 10-minute online survey to help inform its decisions.
The July 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!
The ACC is seeking qualified candidates to serve as vice chair of the Annual Scientific Session for a two-year term of office for ACC.19 and ACC.20, moving on to assume another two-year term as chair of ACC.21 and ACC.22.
The ACC has recently launched the NCDR Clinical Quality Coach app to provide physicians with a convenient mobile solution for documenting and tracking clinical practice improvement activities. Leveraging NCDR data, physicians are able to access and track quality performance metrics and use data to inform quality improvement efforts.
The cover story of the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions presents an in-depth look into the current status of TAVR, along with views from Editor-in-Chief Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, on TAVR as we move forward, including new insights from EuroPCR and SCAI.
The JACC family of journals has welcomed two new editors-in-chief.
The ACC is seeking input from practices on incorrectly denied or difficult prior authorization requests via the new web-based prior authorization tool (PARTool).
The ACC recently launched the CathPCI Bleeding Risk Calculator App to help clinicians assess the individualized patient risk of experiencing a bleeding event associated with a PCI procedure. The app allows clinicians to compare individual patient risk with the national average based on data from the CathPCI Registry.
The June 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a notice of intent to create a bundled payment for high quality coordinated services across an episode of cardiac care in July 2016. The notice identified as its target population, those patients admitted with a “heart attack” or bypass surgery.
CathSAP 5 – ACC’s brand new self-assessment program – is now available and has everything needed to perfect knowledge of interventional cardiology. With an organizational structure that aligns directly with the American Board of Internal Medicine exam blueprint, the self-assessment program is also a great study tool to prepare for the Boards.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists, in collaboration with the ACC, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Radiology, American Dental Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, is seeking comments on their early draft of the Practice Guidelines for Procedural Moderate Sedation and Analgesia.
The cover story of the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions presents the findings from SURTAVI and other key transcatheter aortic valve replacement-related trials and registries from the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials and Featured Clinical Research sessions at ACC.17.
The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the 2017 Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Management of Bleeding in Patients on Oral Anticoagulation. This decision pathway provides guidance for clinicians regarding the management of bleeding in patients treated with oral anticoagulants (both vitamin K antagonists and direct oral anticoagulants).
Watch the new ACC Cardiology Hour, an expert roundtable discussion of late-breaking clinical trials from ACC.17.
The ACC Prior Authorization Reporting (PAR) Tool is now available to collect members’ data on inappropriate cardiovascular testing and procedure request denials by insurers and prior authorization vendors. The tool is open to all members and their respective staff. The PAR Tool will primarily serve as a process for the ACC to monitor and identify inconsistent denials by region, payer, prior authorization vendor and modality.
Updated appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization in patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) contain several important changes from the original version published in 2012.
The ACC and the American Heart Association have released a focused update of guidelines for the treatment of patients with valvular heart disease. The new guidance, which has been updated to reflect the latest research since the last guidelines were published in 2014, was published March 15 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Attending ACC.17? Join us for the All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17! The event happening THIS Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis will give you a chance to learn more about what ACC's 19+ Member Sections are working to accomplish and to connect with members in your specialty or interest areas.
In the cover story of the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions, Peter C. Block, MD, MACC, and Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC, share their forecasts for what’s ahead this year in interventional cardiology.
Save the Date for the All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17! Happening on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis, this event will give you a chance to learn more about what ACC’s 19+ Member Sections. Submit your RSVP to attend.
The ACC has named David J. Moliterno, MD, FACC, as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Moliterno replaces Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC, who has served as editor-in-chief since the journal’s launch in 2008.
A new expert consensus decision pathway will assist clinicians and hospitals in assessing patients’ eligibility for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), successfully performing the procedure and providing appropriate follow-up.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)/ACC Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry has revealed a number of important trends and improvements in the patient outcomes and clinical care of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients, according to the 2016 Annual Report of the STS/ACC TVT Registry published Dec. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The management of patients with coronary artery disease who are undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) should be individualized based on the patient’s overall clinical condition and anatomy, according to a council perspective from ACC’s Interventional Section Leadership Council, published Dec. 5 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
The JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions website has been redesigned, bringing a fresh perspective to the journal’s vast content – and helping clinicians stay on top of the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology.
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews: Interventions examines the challenges of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI).
Joint guidelines for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which include recommendations on the use of antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of blood clots and statin drugs to lower cholesterol and advise PAD patients to participate in a structured exercise program, were published Nov. 13 by the ACC and the American Heart Association.
The ACC recently launched new tools for both clinicians and patients under the Valvular Heart Disease Initiatives, built to improve valvular care through appropriate diagnosis, referral and treatment.
As a member of the peripheral vascular community, members of the Interventional Section have an opportunity to champion Measure #3024: Carotid Endarterectomy; Evaluation of Vital Status and NIH Stroke Scale at Follow-Up. The ACC submitted Measure #3024 to the National Quality Forum (NQF) during the Consensus Development Process...
ACC’s Publications Committee is now accepting applications for editor in chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions to begin a five-year term in January 2017. The first issue under the new leadership will publish in July 2017. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions is among the most prominent titles in cardiology...
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions takes readers on a tour around the heart, stopping at all four valves to highlight new findings. In the issue’s Editor’s Corner, Peter C. Block, MD, FACC debates the use of the transradial or transfemoral approach to catheterization.
In an attempt to encourage coordinated care, improve the quality of care and decrease costs for heart attack patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that introduces bundled payment models for cardiac services. HHS also proposed a new cardiac rehabilitation model and a pathway...
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly referred to as MACRA, replaces an outdated Medicare payment system, setting into motion two pathways in which clinicians will participate in order to receive Medicare payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.
A new poll on the Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention Clinical Topic Collection asks members to indicate the current use, if any, of bare-metal stents today given the improving stent technology and reported outcomes of second generation and new platform drug-eluting stents and bioresorbable vascular scaffold stent technology.
Join the ACC and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) in Amelia Island, FL on August 26 – 28 at the ACC/SCAI Premier Interventional Cardiology Overview and Board Preparatory Course and receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based review of interventional cardiology available.
The ACC has submitted extensive comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed regulations to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) based on the feedback of key member groups. The MACRA legislation repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which focused on fee-for-service payment, where higher performing physicians had no ability to earn more for outcomes....
The May ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. Click here to view slides and hear experts discuss “PARTNER 2: Transcatheter or Surgical Aortic-Valve Replacement in Intermediate-Risk Patients,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions discusses the interventional highlights from ACC.16 and the Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) annual meeting, where transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) took center stage.
For the third year in a row, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) ranked as the #1 cardiovascular journal in the world. According to the 2015 Impact Factors for Journals, JACC holds the top position among all 124 cardiovascular journals in scientific impact with its highest impact factor ever of 17.759, up from 16.503 in 2014.
Members of ACC’s Interventional Section Leadership Council have created an algorithm to guide interventional cardiologists in clinical decision-making related to mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with high-risk features or cardiogenic shock.
Public reporting of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) outcomes in patients with cardiac arrest or cardiogenic shock may be unfair to interventionalists and may lead to worse outcomes, according to a council perspective on behalf of ACC’s Interventional Council and ACC’s Board of Governors published March 7 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
In a recent Editor’s Page, published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, MACC, past-president of the ACC, Robert Califf, MD, MACC, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), et al., discuss early feasibility device medical studies in the U.S.
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines innovation in health care, and in his Editor’s Corner, Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses how innovative technology, including wearable devices and other sensors, will continue to improve patient care.
The ACC has launched a new LAAO Registry to capture data on a new class of medical devices used in left atrial appendage occlusion procedures, which will help assess real-world procedural indications and outcomes as well as short- and long-term safety of procedures and devices for closing the left atrial appendage.
In a recent Expert Analysis, Aeshita Dwivedi, MD, Christopher James Huffman, MD, and Binita Shah, MD, FACC, comment on the 2015 ACC/AHA/SCAI Focused Update on Primary PCI for Patients With STEMI. They note that “this update is necessary and an excellent resource. However, it is also important to critically analyze these recommendations so that health care providers can use them appropriately in individualized patient care.” Read more >>>
There is continued debate whether coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) should be the preferred treatment for nondiabetic patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). A paper published Nov. 16 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions looks at both sides of the debate. Read more on ACC.org.
ACC’s patient resource website, CardioSmart.org, has launched a new condition center on peripheral vascular disease (PVD), aimed at helping patients understand their condition and providing them with the resources they need to maintain their heart health. Clinicians are encouraged to direct their patients to the condition center for information such as a patient-focused overview of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), questions to ask physicians, and related fact sheets on PAD and walking for exercise.
3-D imaging, wearable technologies, wireless technologies and biosensors, new devices and 3-D bioprinting represent some of the top Interventional innovations.
The cover story in the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews: Interventions reflects on the evolution and miniaturization of technology while highlighting the most recent innovations in interventional equipment, with specific mention of 3-D imaging catheters, “the world’s smallest veno-arterial extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation system and stick-on heart monitors.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Oct. 5 Boston Scientific’s Synergy bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stent, the first device of its kind to receive approval. The stent limits long-term polymer exposure by absorbing the abluminal bioabsorbable drug after three months when the drug elution is complete.
All hospitals participating in the NCDR’s CathPCI Registry and/or ICD Registry now have the opportunity to review and voluntarily report their results on several registry-specific measures. Hospitals that choose to participate in this effort will have their rating posted on CardioSmart.org, ACC’s patient education and empowerment initiative starting in late October or early November.
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) this week released a report entitled “A Vision for Certification in Internal Medicine in 2020,” that was drafted to inform the reshaping of ABIM's Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs.
As the number of women entering the medical field continues to increase, it’s difficult to overlook the fact that this surge in female physicians does not extend to cardiology. There has been a plateau due to concerns over work-life balance and a fellowship that has little room for flexibility.
A new algorithm may be a way to identify proper treatment for resuscitated comatose patients after cardiac arrest, according to a Council Perspective published June 29 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The algorithm is one of the recommendations proposed by members of the ACC’s Interventional Member Section in response to the lack of guidelines for performing immediate angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention in patients without ST-segment elevation (non-STEMI).
In response to input provided by the ACC and other cardiology specialty societies (SCAI, HRS and HFSA) around the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) new requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), the ABIM today announced it is eliminating the requirement to maintain underlying certification in a foundational discipline in order to remain certified in a subspecialty.
Register today to save for the ACC/SCAI Premier Interventional Cardiology Overview and Board Preparatory course in Amelia Island, FL from Aug. 21 – 23. You will receive the latest interventional education you need to care for your patients and achieve successful outcomes.
Did you know there are 20 Clinical Topic Collections on ACC.org, with editorial boards creating content every week? In each Clinical Topic Collection, you can find the latest news, guidelines, JACC articles, education, expert commentary, and more.
The cover story in a recent issue of Cardiology magazine provides an in-depth look at big data and its implications on the future of medicine. It also features an article about the CardioEncounters program, a new approach to patient-clinician interactions, and includes an exclusive interview with the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco Robert Califf, MD, MACC.
Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that I was invited to present news from the Interventional Council and Section to the ACC Leadership earlier this week. The entire leadership team, including the CEO, Presidential Team, and leadership staff were present.