Cardiovascular Summit Virtual On Demand

CV Summit 2021

Access until April 30, 2021

Registration closed on April 16, 2021

Experience Cardiovascular Summit Virtual — now On Demand! View sessions led by experts addressing topics related to Evaluation and Management (E/M) changes, 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), telehealth, strategic planning, CV service line best practices, and more. Also, catch the plenary session featuring Anthony S. Fauci, MD, on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Access all of the content through April 30, 2021.

Hear About the New CV Summit Virtual Features!

Discover how to create and align strong leadership with up-to-date business strategies to improve cardiovascular (CV) care and patient outcomes; and implement more efficient spending, all while improving the CV clinician experience.

Join this transformative educational experience while learning from leading experts who will focus on innovative approaches to —

  • Managing Rapid Change
  • Transforming Cardiovascular Care
  • Optimizing the Clinician Experience
  • Navigating Health Care Economics
  • Enhancing the Academic Agenda

Immerse yourself in an educational experience featuring the latest cardiovascular management and leadership strategies!

Learn How to Implement New Approaches Together

"The Cardiovascular Summit is the best meeting explicitly offering practical business solutions for the challenges we face in delivering high value care in this rapidly changing world."
Bo Walpole, MD, FACC - Course Director

"The unprecedented changes we have experienced in our practices and service lines these past 6 months will make our first ever virtual Summit a critical must attend event."
Cathie Biga, MSN, FACC – Course Co-Director

Target Audience

This course is intended for all practices — private, integrated and academic — and the entire team, including:

  • Academic and Practice-based Cardiologists, Surgeons, Vascular Specialists, and Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologists
  • Fellows in Training (FIT)
  • Practice Administrators
  • Executives and Physicians from newly integrated groups or practices on the verge of integration
  • Hospital Executives, including CFOs and COOs, and Technical Directors of the cardiovascular service line and major laboratories
  • Physician Executives
  • Nurses and Physician Assistants
  • Health Plans/Payers

Goal and Learner Objectives

The goal of this virtual course experience is to advance learners knowledge, competence, and skills by providing strategies and tools that will advance the concepts of the Quadruple Aim—improved patient experience, care team well-being, smarter spending, and better health outcomes—within their work environment.

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Employ leadership strategies that foster collaboration, teamwork, and inclusivity
  • Describe core elements of cardiovascular service line operational best practices necessary for financial sustainability
  • Recognize the elements of a financially viable team-based care model
  • Distinguish essential elements of sustainable compensation models for physicians, care team providers, and administrators
  • Outline regulatory requirements and their impact on the cardiovascular service line
  • Practice innovative approaches that align with a rapidly changing external environment
  • Implement best practices that will sustain workforce well-being
  • Discuss key elements required to prepare academic cardiologists for a value-based world

Course Director

Howard T. Walpole Jr., MD, MBA, FACC
American College of Cardiology
Gainesville, GA

Course Co-Directors

Cathleen Biga, MSN, FACC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois
Woodridge, IL

Geoffrey A. Rose, MD, FACC
Chief of Cardiology
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Carolinas Healthcare System
Charlotte, NC

Nurse Planner

Cathleen Biga, MSN, FACC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois
Woodridge, IL

Planning Committee

Charles L. Brown III, MD, FACC
Chief of The Physician Enterprise
Piedmont Healthcare

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC
Director Clinical Cardiology
Director Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness
National Jewish Health

Tyler J. Gluckman, MD, FACC
Medical Director
Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research and Data Sciences (CARDS)
Providence St. Joseph Health
Portland, OR

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine and Radiology
Section of Cardiology, Deming Department of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD, FACC
President and Chairman of Cardiology
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Vice President, Allina Health CV Service
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Sandra Lewis, MD, FACC
Chair, ACC Section Steering Committee
Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Legacy Medical Group Cardiology
Portland, OR

Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC
Clinical Cardiologist
Cardiovascular Associates
Birmingham, AL

Daniel M. Philbin, Jr., MD, FACC
Chair-Elect, ACC Board of Governors
New England Heart Institute, Catholic Medical Center
Manchester, NH

C. Michael Valentine, MD, MACC
Cardiovascular Division
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Advisory Council

Ginger K. Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC
Vice President, Consulting
Grand Rapids, MI

James M. Daniel Jr., JD, MBA
Hancock, Daniel, & Johnson, PC
Richmond, VA

Suzette Jaskie, MBA
Vice President
Cardiovascular Service Line
Ascension Wisconsin
Glendale, WI

John Lutz
ECG Management Consultants

Michele M. Molden, MBA, FACHE
Practice Leader, Provider Enterprise Services
Optum Advisory Services
Nashville, TN

Kevin C. "Casey" Nolan, MBA
Managing Director
Washington, DC

Joel Porter, JD
Co-Chair of the Physician/Hospital Integration Practice
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
Birmingham, AL

G Anthony Talbot
Chief Operating Officer
American Association for Physician Leadership
Tampa, FL

Invited Faculty

Peter B. Angood, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Association for Physician Leadership
Tampa, FL

Craig J. Beavers, PharmD, AACC, BCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), CACP
Director or Cardiovascular Services
Baptist Health Paducah
Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
University of Kentucky Healthcare
Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Paducah, KY

Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Outpatient Cardiology
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Richard R. Liberthson Endowed Scholar in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Massachusetts General Hospital
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Sanjeev P. Bhavnani, MD, FACC
Faculty, Division of Cardiology
Principal Investigator, Healthcare Innovation & Practice Transformation Laboratory
Scripps Clinic and Research Institute
San Diego

Gerald G. Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC
Washington, DC

David Brody, MPA
Deputy Executive Director, Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery
Northwell Health
New York

Jeffrey S. Carstens, MD, FACC
Executive Director
Alegent Heart & Vascular Specialists
Omaha, NE

Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC
Executive Director, NewYork Quality Care
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York

Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC
Medical Director, Heart and Vascular Institute
Lee Health System
Fort Myers, FL

Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC
Ursula Geller Professor of Research in Cardiovascular
Department of Medicine
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

William E. Downey, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Interventional Cardiology
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute
Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC

Thomas A. Draper, MBA, MAACVPR
Vice President, Cardiovascular Service Line
Wellstar Health System
Marietta, GA

Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC
Incoming Vice President, American College of Cardiology
Chair, Cardiology Division and CV Service Line
St. Vincent Health
Chair, Ascension Health CV Service Line
Ascension Health

Christopher Fussell
McChrystal Group
Alexandria, VA

Linda Gates-Striby, CCS-P, ACS-CA
Director, Quality Assurance
Ascension Medical Group, Indiana

Joseph A. Goeke IV, MD, FACC
Assistant Clinical Professor
St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute Cardiovascular Consultants, Inc.
Kansas City, MO

Joshua Halverson
ECG Management Consultants

Robert A. Harrington, MD, MACC
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Gerald Hickson, MD
Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education & Administration
Professor of Pediatrics
Founding Chair, Center for Patient & Professional Advocacy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Ann E. Honeycutt, MSN
Executive Director
Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists
Richmond, VA

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Vice President
American College of Cardiology
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Naphtali Kahl, RN
Director of Clinical and Diagnostic Services
Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of Allina Health
St. Paul, MN

Nicole Knight, LPN, CPC, CCS-P
Vice President, Consulting & Revenue Cycle Solutions
Neptune Beach, FL

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC
Chief Physician Executive, the CardioVascular Center
Tufts Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine

David C. Konur, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Baton Rouge, LA

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, MACC
Immediate Past President
American College of Cardiology
Q. E. and Sally Russell Professor of Cardiology
Krannert Institute of Cardiology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD,  FACC
Lorinda and Vincent de Roulet Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Chair, Department of Cardiology, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Co-Director, Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital
Senior Vice President, Cardiology, Central & Eastern Regions
Northwell Health
New York

Joon S. Lee, MD, FACC
Chief Medical Officer, UPMC Insurance Services Division
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & UPMC Health Plan

Warren S. Levy, MD, FACC
President and Chief Medical Officer
Virginia Heart
Arlington, VA

Richard G. Lockwood

Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc, FACC
Executive Director, Healthcare Innovation Lab
Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis

Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD, FACC
Kim A. Eagle MD Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Michigan Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI

Marc Newell, MD, FACC
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
Vice President of Operations
Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of Allina Health

James M. Palazzo
Division Vice President
Physician Services Group
Methodist Physician Practices
San Antonio, TX

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
American College of Cardiology
Chief, Cardiology Division
Director, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute
Rhode Island Hospital Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Brown University
East Providence, RI

Joel Sauer, MBA
Executive Vice President, Consulting
Ft. Wayne, IN

Garima Sharma, MBBS, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Toniya Singh, MBBS, FACC
Managing Partner
St. Louis Heart & Vascular, P.C.
Saint Louis

Wayne M. Sotile, PhD
Director, Psychological Services
Sotile Psychological Associates
Winston Salem, NC

Craig E. Strauss, MD, MPH, FACC
Vice President of Quality, Innovation and Advanced Analytics
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Thomas Talley
Retired, Chief Operating Officer
Abbot Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis, MN

Thad F. Waites, MD, MACC
Hattiesburg Clinic
Forrest General Hospital
Hattiesburg, MS

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC
Medical Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indiana University School of Medicine

David Wohns, MD, MBA, FACC
Division Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group
Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute
Department Chair, Cardiovascular Health
Spectrum Health Hospital Group
Governor/President, Michigan Chapter ACC
Grand Rapids, MI

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Vice Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine

Kristine K. Zeller
Cardiovascular Medicine Professional Corporation
Davenport, IA

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Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement

As a provider jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly provided or jointly provided/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors, in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the education activity.

ACCF assesses conflicts of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of certified activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup (ACWG) through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff and the ACWG members involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

Registration for Cardiovascular Summit Virtual includes access to the livestream on February 12 – 13, 2021 and on-demand access to sessions and additional content through April 30, 2021.

Individual Registration

Registration Fees
Rate Type Designations Early Until 12/18/2020 Regular After 12/19/2020
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO, PhD $349 $399
Non-member Physician (includes Industry Professional) MD, DO, PhD $499 $549
Member Executive
CEO, COO, CFO, Director $349 $399
Non-member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $499 $549
Member CV Administrator
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Student, Emeritus, Resident $249 $299
Non-member CV Administrator PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $499 $549
Member Reduced (includes CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus) ACC/AAPL/ASE/ASNC/Guidehouse/HRS/MedAxiom/Optum/SCAI/SCCT/ SCMR PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student $249 $299
Non-member Reduced  PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $449 $499

Group Registration

Group Registration Fees (Per Registrant)
Rate Type Discount Early Until 12/18/2020 Regular After 12/19/2020
Member (ACC/AAPL/ASE/ASNC/Guidehouse/HRS/MedAxiom/Optum/SCAI/SCCT/ SCMR)
Over 5 5% $332 $379
Over 10 10% $314 $359
Over 15 15% $297 $339
Over 25 25% $262 $299
Over 50 50% $175 $200
Over 5 5% $474 $522
Over 10 10% $449 $494
Over 15 15% $424 $467
Over 25 25% $374 $412
Over 50 50% $250 $275

Groups of 5 or more are eligible for discounted registration rates – the larger the group, the bigger the discount! Give everyone on your team the opportunity to learn proven business practices for improving cardiovascular (CV) care and patient outcomes, that create more efficient spending, while also improving the CV clinician experience.

Click here to download a PDF group registration form

For questions, please contact Brenda Hindle at


Cancellation, substitution, or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $100 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration fee in full.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the Cardiovascular Summit Virtual.

Submission Site: Click here to access the abstract submission site.

Deadline Extended! All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on December 4, 2020.

Please ensure you have thoroughly read the abstract policies and procedures, submission instructions, and the information listed below before submitting your abstract.

As the move toward value-based health care continues, it is critical that members of the cardiovascular community engage around quality improvement and cost reduction strategies.  While substantial efforts are underway at institutions around the country, there exists little opportunity for leaders in cardiovascular medicine to share and obtain feedback on their value-based efforts.  As a forum for medical, operational, and finance leaders, Cardiovascular Summit Virtual represents an ideal opportunity to fill this unmet need. 


  • Engage cardiovascular team members in the process of delivering value-based care
  • Share and celebrate practical quality improvement and/or cost reduction strategies
  • Encourage dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions that can be applied in clinical practice
  • Facilitate networking for those interested in value-based health care

Abstracts Can Be Submitted By:
All Cardiovascular Summit Virtual participants, including:

  • Physicians (Fellows in Training, Early Career Professionals, Fellows of the American College of Cardiology)
  • CV Team members (nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists)
  • Cardiovascular administrators/executives
  • External sponsors and exhibitors

Poster Presentation Categories:

  1. Value-based care (Delivery of care where reimbursement is based on patient health outcomes)
  2. Quality improvement (Systematic and continuous actions leading to measurable improvement in health care service and/or health status)
  3. Care delivery and cost reduction (Operational, administrative, and financial processes to improve health care delivery and reduce health care costs)
  4. Implementation science (Study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices/interventions into health care)

Sample Presentation Topics:

  • Improving delivery and/or adherence to guideline directed care
  • Effective management of population health
  • Effective utilization of advanced practice providers (APPs) or novel physician staffing models
  • Development of compensation models that better accommodate the shift from volume to value or increase provider engagement/satisfaction
  • How best to incorporate the Quality Payment Program (MACRA) into clinical practice
  • Efficient approaches to streamlining coding/billing
  • Development and advancement of specialty centers and outreach clinics
  • Interventions for maintaining provider wellness
  • Integrating virtual care into cardiovascular practice

All posters must adhere to the following overall format: background and objective, methods, results, conclusions.  Suggestions for the types of content for each section are below (adapted from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum Storyboard Handbook). These are not inclusive nor must all this information be included in every case:

  1. Background and Objective:
    1. A clearly defined Aim Statement stating the problem and the expected change (including time to expected change)
  2. Methods:
    1. An overview of project design/strategy for change that explains how the aim was achieved
    2. An explanation of the changes made to achieve improvement in the targeted process
    3. An indication of how interventions were tested and/or adapted to the local environment/organization prior to implementation
    4. A description of the measures used to show improvement and how they were applied
    5. A listing of the multi-disciplinary team that was involved in achieving improvement (elements may include: content experts, patients, leadership, etc.)
  3. Results:
    1. Tabular representation of data pre- and post-initiative
    2. Graphical representation of improvement. The use of tools such as annotated run charts or Shewhart control charts is preferred to demonstrate the performance of data over time.
    3. A demonstrated sustainability in improvement
    4. Critical facilitators and barriers to change (required)
  4. Conclusions
    1. A short summary of the lessons learned from the work and/or the message for attendees/readers
  5. Other:
    1. A listing of contact information for the author(s) of the poster
    2. Disclosure of relationships with industry

Best Poster Award:

  • All of the displayed posters will automatically be entered into a competition for the best poster award.


  • PDF versions of all posters will be displayed as a part of Cardiovascular Summit Virtual and will be available to all attendees. PDF versions of all posters must be submitted by January 27, 2021.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The ACCF designates this other activity (live virtual and on demand) for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

Other Activity (live virtual and on demand)
The American College of Cardiology Foundation has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits.

Approval is valid until April 30, 2021. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 25 continuing nursing education contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in this field.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 7 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


Learner Bill of Rights

Please Note

  • We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.
  • Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.
  • Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ACC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.
  • The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC.

Gain access to over 400 cardiovascular leaders from all practice settings — private, integrated and academic. View the full Exhibitor Prospectus below!

Download the Cardiovascular Summit Virtual Exhibitor Prospectus

Exhibitor Registration

Questions regarding exhibiting at Cardiovascular Summit Virtual can be directed to Claudia Urbano at