ACC Responds to Cancellation of Cardiac Episode Payment Models

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 2023756472

WASHINGTON (Nov 30, 2017) -

American College of Cardiology President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's (CMS) decision to cancel the cardiac episode payment models (EPMs):

"As clinicians continue the move toward value-based care, the ACC looks forward to working with CMS to create further opportunities for the cardiology community to participate in Advanced Alternative Payment Models," said American College of Cardiology president Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. "While it is disappointing that CMS did not find a way to move forward with the cardiac rehab incentive model, we must work together to ensure these patients are receiving this vital care now and in the future."

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit


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