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Check Your Email For PPIS Reminder From Mathematica

February 5, 2024

Announcements

Mathematica sent an email reminder on Jan. 25 to approximately 10,000 physician practices representing nearly 200,000 physicians regarding the ongoing Physician Payment Information Survey (PPIS) being conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA). The email came from PPISurvey@mathematica-mpr.com with the subject line: "Reminder: the AMA Needs Your Input to Support Fair and Accurate Physician Payment." Participation to date has been light and it is essential that cardiology practices chosen for the survey respond to ensure future accurate valuation. Learn more about the survey here and contact James Vavricek with questions.

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JACC Leadership Page Addresses Workforce Crisis

February 5, 2024

JACC Family of Journals

"The CV workforce crisis is a multifaceted challenge that requires a combination of innovative College solutions, broader public health policy changes, federal and state advocacy to support training and to address social determinants of health, and partnership with a variety of other CV and medical professional societies," write ACC President B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC, ACC Immediate Past President Edward T.A. Fry, MD, MACC, and ACC CV Workforce Task Force Chair Thomas Maddox, MD, MSc, FACC, in a new JACC Leadership Page. The Leadership Page reviews the major factors associated with the workforce crisis and describes the way the ACC is working identify and implement solutions. Read the full paper. Looking for more on this issue? Watch the recent Heart-to-Heart Presidential Discussion on this topic here.

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Last Call For Sonography Training Program Applications; Due March 1

February 2, 2024

Educational Opportunities

Last call to apply to the MedAxiom Cardiac and Vascular Sonography Training Program. MedAxiom has partnered with a top-notch university to deliver this online certificate program designed specifically to equip future sonographers with the tools and techniques for a successful ultrasound career. Students will receive world-class education from an accredited sonography program that provides didactic and clinical experience. The program also provides eligibility to sit for sonography boards to obtain their credentials. Applications are due by March 1. Learn more.

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Enrollment Open For Next Business Essentials For CV Fellows Program

February 2, 2024

Educational Opportunities

MedAxiom has partnered with Wharton Online to launch the second cohort of Business Essentials for Cardiovascular Fellows Program, a world-class cardiovascular educational curriculum curated specifically for fellows and early career professionals. This self-paced online education covers the latest trends and best practices in clinical care and business performance and empowers fellows and early career cardiologists to navigate the business side of cardiology and propel their careers forward. Enrollment is open until Feb. 26. Learn more.

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MedAxiom's 2023 CV APP Compensation and Utilization Report Supports Team-Based Care Model

February 2, 2024

Announcements

MedAxiom's fourth annual Cardiovascular Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Compensation and Utilization Report includes data from 106 organizations and provides insights into best practices in APPs' leadership, production and compensation, and recommendations within the framework of the team-based care model. The report focuses on the APP workforce, liability and split-shared billing, with a special section on the expanded role of APPs in heart failure clinics. Learn more.

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Registration Open For Next CV Business Management and Essentials Program

December 4, 2023

Educational Opportunities

Registration is open for the next Cardiovascular Business and Management Essentials Program, developed by MedAxiom and Wharton Online. In a new testimonial video, Samuel O. Jones IV, MD, MPH, FACC, describes the program as a solution to address the "growing crisis" in staffing and physician burnout. The curriculum delivers leadership, economics and management education backed by "rigorous scientific research," said Jones. "I think that helps us because we rely on science: that's what the ACC does... I can take this scientific research and reapply it to what I'm doing on a day-to-day basis and make meaningful changes out of it." ACC members can save $200 on registration by using the promo code WhartonACC by Jan. 15, 2024. Watch the full testimonial and register.

Conference

Help Your Sonographers Hone Their Skills in Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound

November 21, 2023

Educational Opportunities

The ACC is hosting an Advanced Concepts in Echocardiography For the Sonographer: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy course on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Oakland, California. This FREE course is an exclusive opportunity to gain hands-on experience from expert sonographers and learn new HCM recognition skills.

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MedAxiom Survey: 2023 CV APP Compensation and Utilization

August 20, 2023

Announcements

Advanced practice providers (APPs) are indispensable members of the cardiovascular care team and programs across the country are increasingly seeking out innovative strategies to effectively utilize APPs’ skillsets.

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Registration Now Open For ACC Quality Summit

August 7, 2023

Upcoming Event

Connect with your NCDR and ACC Accreditation colleagues at ACC Quality Summit, taking place Oct. 11-13 in Orlando, FL. Learn about best practices with this year’s innovative education sessions, network with quality improvement peers and gain insights with posters presenting NCDR research.

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New ACC Member Benefit: Get Help With Fulfilling New DEA Training Requirement

July 24, 2023

Announcements

As of June 27, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is mandating that all DEA-registered practitioners complete a new one-time, eight-hour training requirement on the treatment or management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. Practitioners will need to report completion of the training when enrolling or renewing their online DEA registration.

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Optimize Your CV Care Delivery System

June 20, 2023

Quality Improvement for Institutions

Achieve cardiovascular service line excellence with the CV Care Delivery Optimization Program. The program, powered by MedAxiom, an ACC company, helps hospitals and health systems address organizational and process gaps and identify opportunities for improvement.

Cardiology Magazine June 2023

Business of Medicine | Lessons From Medical Malpractice Claims

June 20, 2023

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

A 53-year-old man with atrial fibrillation underwent mitral and aortic mechanical valve replacements with St. Jude bileaflet tilting disk valves due to endocarditis in the setting of underlying rheumatic heart disease with moderate mitral stenosis.

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MedAxiom HeartTalk Podcast: Private Equity – One Size Does Not Fit All

May 23, 2023

Featured Podcast

On MedAxiom HeartTalk, host Melanie Lawson talks with Ann Honeycutt, executive director of Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, Larry Sobal, CEO of Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, Dinesh Pubbi, MD, a founding member of First Coast Heart and Vascular Center, Rick Snyder, MD, FACC, an interventional cardiologist at HeartPlace Dallas, and Joe Sasson, executive vice president of Ventures at MedAxiom.

Conference

ACC Quality Summit 2023: Now Accepting Abstracts

May 8, 2023

Announcements

Share your quality improvement successes with an abstract for ACC Quality Summit 2023, taking place Oct. 11-13 in Orlando, FL. Showcase how NCDR and ACC Accreditation Services data have helped you improve patient care, processes or quality initiatives through innovative educational experiences, team-based collaboration, data collection processes, or research activities.

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Check Out CardioSmart’s Updated Obesity and Heart Disease Infographic

March 28, 2023

CardioSmart Patient Centered Highlights

Obesity is linked to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, heart failure, and more. Currently, more than two out of five adults in the U.S. are obese. Obesity and weight loss can be overwhelming for patients.

Conference

Learn CV Organizational Performance Solutions at MedAxiom’s CV Transforum Spring’23

March 28, 2023

Upcoming Event

Join MedAxiom April 20-22 in Orlando, FL, for CV Transforum Spring’23! Learn cardiovascular organizational performance solutions with sessions on operations, finances, strategy, innovation and clinical care, with a mix of general sessions on today’s top-of-mind issues and intimate breakout sessions on cardiovascular challenges.

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Access Best Approaches and New Solutions at CV Summit 2023

December 21, 2022

Featured Meetings and Conferences

Register today for the Cardiovascular Summit, Feb. 16-18, 2023, in Washington, DC, a transformative educational experience where you can network with your colleagues, access expert faculty...

Chapters

Renew Your ACC & CV Management Section Membership by Dec. 10

December 5, 2022

Announcements

It’s time to renew your membership for 2023! An active ACC membership gives you access to a collaborative network, cutting-edge education, updates on the latest policy developments relevant to operations of the cardiovascular enterprise and practice support to help you navigate the challenges of managing a cardiovascular practice in today’s health care environment.

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ACC Webinar: Promoting Value-Based HF Care Through Innovation

November 22, 2022

Featured Webinar

Join ACC’s Chief Innovation Officer Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC; Regina Druz, MD, FACC, ChenMed’s national director of cardiology; and Maulik Majmudar, MD, chief medical officer and co-founder at Biofourmis, for a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. ET to learn about leveraging innovation to promote value-based care, with a special focus on heart failure.

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ACC Webinar: Explore How to Make Your Money Work For You on Dec. 6

November 22, 2022

Featured Webinar

Join ACC’s Women in Cardiology Section for a “Money Matters” webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. ET. Cyrus N. Pardiwala, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will offer an overview on investments, including which buckets make the most sense for you depending on your life stage and tax bracket.

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New MedAxiom Course: HF Essentials For APPs

November 8, 2022

Educational Opportunities

In its continued effort to educate and empower the cardiovascular care team, MedAxiom, an ACC Company, developed the Cardiovascular Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Essential Education Series: Heart Failure (HF), available through the MedAxiom Academy.

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Find Qualified Candidates For Your Open Positions With ACC’s Virtual Career Fair

September 6, 2022

Upcoming Event

Looking to fill open positions at your practice or institution with top-tier cardiovascular professionals? Then register for ACC’s official Virtual Career Fair, taking place on Sept. 22 from 5-8 p.m. ET. As an exhibitor, you’ll have the opportunity connect with attendees for one-on-one chats, provide instant feedback on their qualifications, and learn about their job preferences first hand.

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CathPCI Registry Seeks Feedback on AKI Risk Model

June 28, 2022

Quality Improvement for Institutions

The ACC wants to hear from you! As part of ongoing efforts to report meaningful outcomes and improve patient care, the ACC is launching an open comment survey for the CathPCI Registry In-Hospital Risk Standardized Acute Kidney Injury Model.

Cardiology Magazine April 2022

Cardiology | The Nursing Shortage and CV Care: A Time For Action

May 10, 2022

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

In the May issue of Cardiology magazine, Bailey Ann Estes, MSN, RN-BC, RNFA, CNOR, RCIS, on behalf of ACC’s CV Management Section, gives a perspective on the current nursing shortage and its impact on cardiovascular care.

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ACC Quality Summit: Now Accepting Abstracts

April 20, 2022

Upcoming Event

Share your quality improvement successes with an abstract for ACC Quality Summit, scheduled for Sept. 14-16 in Los Angeles, CA, and virtually. Showcase how NCDR and ACC Accreditation Services data has helped you improve patient care, processes or qualitative initiatives!

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A Nudge Towards Cardiovascular Health

April 18, 2022   |   Srinath Adusumalli, MD, FACC

Feature Article

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States and globally, despite the widespread availability of highly evidence-based therapies intended to prevent and treat it.

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CV Transforum: Reuniting CV Thought Leaders

April 12, 2022

Upcoming Event

CV Transforum Spring'22, hosted by MedAxiom, an ACC Company, will reunite hundreds of cardiovascular thought leaders April 21-23 in Atlanta, GA, and virtually to connect, learn and transform.

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Value and Compensation: Key Takeaways From CV Summit

March 22, 2022

Feature Article

At a time when the cardiovascular community is facing significant challenges in preparing for changes in health care delivery, Joel Sauer, MBA, Executive Vice President of MedAxiom Consulting, provides an update from the recent ACC Cardiovascular Summit on five key takeaway points that should guide us.

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Webinar: Advancing Resilience and Clinician Well-Being

February 15, 2022

Join the ACC's Accreditation Product Managers for a webinar on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. ET to review how the pandemic has impacted the delivery of healthcare and how ACC, in response, is pivoting to a more streamlined approach to maintain Accreditation requirements.

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Participate in CMS HF Episode-Based Cost Measure Field Testing

February 1, 2022

Announcements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen LLC, are currently field testing several episode-based cost measures, including a chronic condition-based episode for the ongoing management of heart failure (HF) patients, through Feb. 25.

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No Surprises Act: New Tools as Law Takes Effect

January 18, 2022

Advocacy at the ACC

Many provisions of the No Surprises Act (NSA), signed into law in late 2020, took effect Jan. 1. While the ACC and other medical societies have expressed concerns about some requirements and are optimistic there could be refinements, clinicians must also comply with those and other provisions as they exist today.

Learn the Latest CV Management Strategies at CV Summit

December 13, 2021

Register today for the Cardiovascular Summit, taking place Feb. 17-19, 2022, in Washington, DC, and discover how to align strong leadership with effective business strategies to improve cardiovascular care and patient outcomes.

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2021 MedAxiom Report: CV Data Trends From a Global Pandemic Year

September 20, 2021

Quick Reads and Recommendations

MedAxiom's ninth annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation and Production Survey Report – which unveils trends across cardiology, surgery, advanced practice providers and non-clinical compensation – reveals the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic on cardiovascular programs in 2020.

Tony Das, MD, FACC

The Nuts and Bolts of RPM: Is it Right For Your Practice?

June 28, 2021   |   Tony S. Das, MD, FACC

Feature Article

Cardiology has been a field of early adopters of technology for many years and digital devices are no exception (Wassif, 2019). Cardiologists interested in exploring digital devices and wearable technology for remotely following chronic cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease (CAD) and vascular disease is of no surprise.

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Introducing MedAxiom Talent Solutions: Cardiovascular Expertise. Delivered.

April 19, 2021

Announcements

Drastic shifts in care delivery models and organizational priorities and strategies have put staffing and workforce development in the forefront. MedAxiom is addressing these issues, which the cardiovascular community has continuously ranked as leading “top of mind” concerns, to ensure programs can continue transforming care.

Larry Sobal, MBA, MHA

7 Pieces of Advice For Cardiologists Seeking Employment

April 12, 2021   |   Larry Sobal, MBA, MHA

Feature Article

Physicians are often in the job market at the start of a new year. Third-year fellows could be finalizing their employment offers and accepting their top choices; established physicians with 90 – 180-day resignation notification clauses could be working on a job change that accommodates a family move during the summer between school terms; or perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic could have you reconsidering your current employment situation and you want a change in scenery.

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ACC Launches EP Device Implant Registry, Expanding Scope of Former ICD Registry

April 11, 2021

Announcements

The ACC has changed the name of its ICD Registry to the EP Device Implant Registry, effective April 1. The EP Device Implant Registry will include data on ICD and CRT-D procedures previously captured in the ICD Registry, as well as provide flexibility to capture novel pacemaker procedures.

Cardiology Magazine March 2021

ACC Cardiovascular Summit: Lessons in Nonclinical Competencies

April 6, 2021

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

How to best manage rapid change, navigate health care economics and optimize the clinician experience were among the primary goals of the ACC's first-ever, all-virtual Cardiovascular Summit in February.

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Now Available: MedAxiom’s Revenue Cycle Coding Staff Calculator

April 6, 2021

Announcements

As cardiovascular programs continue to face operational changes, MedAxiom understands the important role of revenue cycle management in ensuring the financial health of organizations. A new interactive tool, developed by MedAxiom’s Revenue Cycle Solutions team, allows your program to estimate coding staff needs in real-time based on your specific program, job responsibilities and current coding FTEs.

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Take the MedAxiom Survey on Cardiac Rehab Programs

March 9, 2021

Announcements

MedAxiom is working to create dynamic resources to help cardiac rehab/intensive cardiac rehab programs stay informed about evidence-based best practices, emerging coverage legislation, and changes in reimbursement, coding, billing and technology.

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MedAxiom Webinar: 2021 E/M Changes – What's the Latest?

January 19, 2021

Featured Webinar

Evaluation and Management (E/M) guidelines for office and outpatient services are in effect for 2021. Join MedAxiom on Jan. 27 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar designed to help you understand the new guidelines for coding and documentation.

Pediatric Cardiology Telehealth in Action

December 21, 2020

Quick Reads and Recommendations

A new MedAxiom publication examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the future of pediatric cardiology care delivery.

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Register For ACC’s CV Summit Virtual

November 25, 2020

Virtual Meeting

Immerse yourself in an educational experience featuring the latest cardiovascular management and leadership strategies at Cardiovascular Summit Virtual!

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Webinar: Get an Overview of BPCI Advanced

October 16, 2020

Featured Webinar

Cardiovascular administrators, save your spot for a webinar on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced program, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET!

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Variations in Care, Part 3: Standardization and Supply Variations

March 10, 2020

Feature Article

As health care delivery grew in scale and complexity, the system looked toward manufacturing processes as a template to improve efficiency while protecting quality. Six Sigma, process mapping and root cause analysis became standards in health care operations. Physicians are increasingly familiar with fish bone graphs and value stream maps. One area health care has been slower to adapt from manufacturing is standardization and decreased variation as a way to control quality. Clinical standardization was easier to embrace.

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Webinar: AUC Mandates and Incorporating Them Into the CV Service Line

March 9, 2020

Featured Webinar

Join Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC, and Brandon Hubbs, MSN, RN, for a webinar on appropriate use criteria (AUC) mandates and incorporating them into the cardiovascular service line, taking place March 19 at noon ET. This webcast will review the rules and legislation that has been "kicked down the road" for several years, but will be implemented Jan. 1, 2021.

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Variations in Care, Part 1: Reducing Variation is Key to Achieving the Quadruple Aim

February 27, 2020

Feature Article

As the cardiovascular industry continues to evolve and clinician's time is stretched thin, we are all looking for solutions to improve efficiency and outcomes. Reducing variations in care across an organization can go a long way towards achieving the Quadruple Aim of better outcomes at a lower cost and improved clinician and patient experiences, something we are all striving for.

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Solve Access to Health Care or Pay the Price

February 12, 2020

Feature Article

Improving access to care has steadily risen as a top priority of health care organizations. While physicians, other members of the health care team and health care organizations all strive to provide the best possible medical care, gaining access has become increasingly problematic. The term "access" and all the components associated with it have become one of the key topics in cardiovascular management, and problems with access plague many health care organizations.

Evan D. Ownby, MD, FACC

New Practice Made Perfect Podcast Episode Discusses Population Health

December 18, 2019

Featured Podcast

The newest episode of ACC's Practice Made Perfect podcast is now live. Evan D. Ownby, MD, FACC, hosts ACC CEO Tim Attebery, DSc, MBA, and Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc, FACC, to discuss population health, the impact on patient care and measurable outcomes. Listen now.

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Part Two of Practice Made Perfect Podcast Continues Conversation on Negotiation Skills

November 26, 2019

Featured Podcast

The second episode in the two-part conversation, Negotiation Skills: Helping Leaders Get Ahead, is now live. Practice Made Perfect podcast host Alison L. Bailey, MD, FACC, and guests Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC, and Peter L. Duffy, MD, FACC, continue their conversation on contract negotiation at any career stage, from first job to retirement.

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Has Employment of Cardiologists Been a Successful Strategy? – Part 1

November 6, 2019

Feature Article

Only 15 years ago, the landscape of cardiology practices was much different. Back then, aside from a few notable exceptions such as the Minneapolis Heart Institute and academic programs, almost all cardiologists were part of independent practices. Fast forward to 2019 and the landscape is dramatically different.

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Sign Up For “Microvolunteer” Opportunities

October 28, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

There are a lot of big ways to get involved with the College – being on a Section Leadership Council, participating on a taskforce or committee, or serving as faculty for a live course, to name a few. However, we know that not everyone has the time for some of these larger-scale commitments. That's why the ACC is excited to announce the launch of our Microvolunteering Platform.

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Multi-Payment Dues Portal Now Live

October 18, 2019

Announcements

The ACC is excited to announce that it is now possible for a single individual to pay membership dues for one or more members without needing to know each member's username and password. All that's required is a single, free ACC.org login.

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Attend ACC’s CV Summit and Showcase Your QI Best Practices

October 11, 2019

Educational Opportunities

Join your colleagues for ACC's Cardiovascular Summit, taking place Feb. 6 – 8, 2020 in Washington, DC, for an educational experience featuring the latest cardiovascular management and leadership strategies.

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Last Chance to Submit your Posters for Legislative Conference

September 20, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

The ACC's Cardiovascular Team Section Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with the ACC CV Administrators Work Group, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Health Policy Poster Session – to be held during the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference in Washington DC, November 3-5, 2019.

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Sign up for Committees: Committee Nominations Open till October 4th

September 20, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

Nominations for available positions on ACC Committees, including NCDR and Accreditation Services committees, are now being accepted until Friday, Oct. 4. Interested applicants or nominators are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague using the Committee Nominations Portal.

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Six Month Check-up: How ACC and MedAxiom Are Transforming CV Care, Together

August 29, 2019

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

ACC and MedAxiom CEO Tim Attebery, DSc, MBA, FACHE, and MedAxiom President Jerry Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC, provide a "six-month check-up" on the ways ACC and MedAxiom continue to align their strategic visions and goals with a long-term plan of action.

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Showcase Your Health Policy Research the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference

August 22, 2019

Upcoming Event

ACC's Cardiovascular Team Section Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with the ACC CV Administrators Work Group, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Health Policy Poster Session, taking place at the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference, Nov. 3 – 5 in Washington, DC.

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Join Industry Thought Leaders at MedAxiom's CV Transforum

August 13, 2019

Announcements

MedAxiom's CV Transforum Fall'19 conference is the perfect opportunity to attend presentations from the nation's top thought leaders and transformational programs to help you learn how to stay ahead in today's rapidly changing health care environment.

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Webinar: 2019 CV Service Lines 101

August 13, 2019

Featured Webinar

Join Geoffrey Rose, MD, FACC, and Michael Montgomery, MS, for a webinar, Sept. 12 at noon ET, on cardiovascular service lines.

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Check Out the July Issue of Cardiology; Your Member Magazine

July 23, 2019

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

Cardiology is the ACC's flagship member magazine — your member magazine — providing cardiovascular professionals with a comprehensive source for clinical and professional news. Find links to all of the July issue's articles and share on social media!

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ACC Recognizes Service Line Administrators and Practice Managers in July

July 3, 2019

Announcements

The work that cardiovascular service line administrators and practice managers do every day serves as a springboard for efforts to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC is recognizing the important role these valued professionals play throughout the month of July with a special discount for new members.

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New ACC Company Provides CV Service Line Solutions For Transforming Health Care

February 21, 2019

Announcements

The ACC Foundation has acquired MedAxiom, a cardiovascular membership, services and consulting firm, adding the company's recognized leadership in cardiovascular operations, performance improvement and business acumen to ACC's world-class science, education, registry, quality improvement and advocacy work.

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Webinar: 2019 Quadruple Aim and the Role of the Administrator

February 21, 2019

Featured Webinar

Join Dipti Itchhiporia, MD, FACC, and Thomas Draper, MBA, March 7 at noon ET, for a webinar discussing how physicians can leverage the role of administrators to execute on all facets of the quadruple aim: patient experience, population health, costs and provider well-being.

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Commentary on wRVU Compensation Models in Academic Centers

December 4, 2018

Feature Article

There are currently unprecedented challenges associated with cardiologist compensation. Cardiologists and their organizations – whether private practice, hospital affiliated or academic institutions – uniformly face a rapidly evolving landscape.

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Achieving a Governance Structure to Drive Success

October 24, 2018

Feature Article

As we all strive to achieve the Quadruple Aim in delivering high-value patient care, it is imperative for health systems to integrate physicians into the leadership of services, programs and disease-state centers in an impactful way. This integration will help improve the health of the population, patient and family experience, and life of health care providers and staff as we work in parallel to reduce health care's per capita cost. The integration of physicians into the co-management of departments and programs has evolved from the traditional model of having physician medical directors – selected from both independent practice and employed groups – contracted to provide the hospital with clinical leadership in a vertically siloed departmental model for managing operations and governance.

Cardiology Magazine, Sept. 2018

Cardiovascular Management Section | The September Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

September 21, 2018

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

The September 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR 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!

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ACC Members, ACC.19 Registration is Now Open!

September 12, 2018

ACC20WCC

ACC.19 registration is NOW OPEN exclusively for ACC members. Nonmember registration will open Wednesday, Sept. 26. Register early for the lowest rates and best selection of hotel rooms!

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Team-Based Compensation in a Value World

August 22, 2018   |   Cathleen Biga, MSN, FACC

Feature Article

There is nothing that strikes fear in an administrator’s heart more than their dyad partner saying, "Let’s add a compensation model review for our next group meeting!" Whether you work in a hospital-employed setting, academia, or private practice, an equitable and sustainable compensation plan is paramount to a successful work environment.

Cardiology Magazine August 2018

Cardiovascular Management Section | The August Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

August 16, 2018

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

The August 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR 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!

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Don't MIPS Out With Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI

August 7, 2018

Quick Reads and Recommendations

ACC’s Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI quality campaign is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a high-weight Improvement Activity under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Under MIPS, clinicians must complete up to four Improvement Activities for a minimum of 90 days. CMS has assigned high or medium “weights” to Improvement Activities, allowing clinicians the option of completing two high-weight, four medium-weight, or a combo of one high-weight and two medium-weight activities to receive MIPS credit. READ MORE...

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CMS Delays Due Dates For BPCI Advanced Participation, Will Allow Participants to Withdraw in March

July 13, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the deadline for submitting signed participation agreements and selecting clinical episodes for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model has been extended to Aug. 8. Additionally, CMS announced that the agency will allow BPCI Advanced participants to retroactively withdraw all or some episode initiators and clinical episodes from the model in March 2019.

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What Patient Centric Care Really Means

July 10, 2018

Drive nearly any major highway in America and you are bound to see multiple health care-related billboards. Many of these billboards will have a theme told through the lens of a patient and tout the organization's personalized, patient centric approach. A health care provider who delivers care in a tailored and personal manner is seen as such a strategic differentiator that it becomes worthy of a billboard. In a way, these ads are an unfortunate indictment on the way care is more commonly provided across our country, which tends to be fractured and disconnected, with efficiency focused on the providers and not on the patient.

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The Origin of Fee-For-Service

July 10, 2018

The U.S. is first among all industrialized nations by to have one of the most high-tech and advanced care repertoire for cardiovascular disease in the world. A significant amount of money has been and continues to be invested in research and development for advances in cardiovascular care. As a result, the U.S. has experienced a considerable degree of success in reducing the mortality rates for coronary artery disease, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and arrhythmia disorders.

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC, Receives HFSA Lifetime Achievement Award

June 14, 2018

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC, has been selected to receive the Heart Failure Society of America’s (HFSA) 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, which acknowledges a lifetime body of work by an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of heart failure. Konstam will be presented the award at HFSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting this September.

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Sign Up Now For the Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI Webinar

June 12, 2018

The ACC will hold a third free webinar on Wednesday, June 20, at 12 p.m. ET, to discuss success stories and strategies learned during the initial Patient Navigator Program, leading to the second phase of the program, Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI.

Member Benefits

How to Code and Bill For Cardio-Oncology

May 17, 2018

Health care in the U.S. has dominated the social, political and financial arena in the past decade, and the overall health of the population lags far behind other countries that spend much less. In this expert analysis, Anita Arnold, DO, FACC; Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN; and Debra Mariani, discuss why providers need to understand how their data are reported and coded and where they can look to see gaps in documentation.

Member Benefits

Fresh Perspective on Physician Well-Being, Burnout

May 17, 2018

Considerable amount of discussion focusing on the problem of physician burnout has been taking place nationally. The high prevalence and intensity of reported burnout in health professionals are of major concern to leaders in the health care field.

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC

The Quadruple Aim

April 26, 2018   |   Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, MACC

Feature Article

Over the last decade, health care has seen a shift in the way providing care is addressed. Changes in regulations, patient access to information and technological advances have led to an increased focus on patient experience.

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Recap of the 2018 Cardiovascular Summit

April 5, 2018

We currently face a rapidly evolving environment that poses unique challenges to the provision of cardiovascular care. Resilience in this time of rapid change is necessary and requires a full spectrum of clinical, business, quality, operational and leadership knowledge, along with the requisite skills to achieve organizational excellence. The ACC Cardiovascular Summit – Contemporary Strategies for Quality Improvement, Operational Excellence, Finance and Leadership was held in Las Vegas, Feb. 22 – 24, 2018.

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ACC Releases Alternative Payment Model Framework on ACC.org

March 22, 2018

The continued shift toward a value-focused health system is driving more clinicians toward participation in alternative payment models (APMs), but knowing how and when to participate in an APM can pose significant challenges. ACC's newly launched APM Framework is the College's answer for members navigating the APM landscape.

Meetings

Hear From the Experts on the Hottest Trials From AHA 2017

November 22, 2017

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.

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Apply for ACC’s Membership Committee by Sept. 22

September 12, 2017

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.

Cardiology August 2017

The August 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

August 21, 2017

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!

Cardiology Magazine, July 2017

The July 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

July 20, 2017

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!

Meetings

Call For Applications: Annual Scientific Session Vice Chair

July 20, 2017

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.

Cardiology

The June 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

June 27, 2017

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!

ACC.17

This Saturday: All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17

March 14, 2017

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.

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Plan Your ACC.17 Itinerary

March 9, 2017

ACC's 66th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17) in Washington, DC, is only two weeks away! Plan your meeting with the online Program Planner or download the ACC.17 App to your phone or tablet. Don't miss the session, "How to Redesign a Care Delivery Team in Preparation for MACRA and MIPS," on March 17 from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

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Highlights From CV Summit

March 9, 2017

ACC's 2017 Cardiovascular Summit brought together cardiovascular professionals, business practices and leadership from across the U.S. to discuss how best to achieve operational excellence, ensure cost efficiency and improve patient outcomes during a time of rapid and continual change in the health care system. Two recent Perspectives on ACC.org highlight the most important points from the meeting, including the ins and outs of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and how to use data for quality reporting.

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Get Leadership Training at the Summit

December 20, 2016

Join the experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership as they provide you with an educational experience that leads to operational excellence, cost efficiency and leadership training at the Cardiovascular Summit & Leadership Forum, January 26 – 28, 2017. 

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Upcoming Webinars: MACRA and Bundles, and More

December 20, 2016

Join Cathie Biga, RN, MSN, and Dipti Ichhaporia, MD, FACC, for a webinar on Jan. 12, 2017, at noon ET on the “state of the state” for Quality Payment Programs (QPP), aka MACRA. 

Cardiology Magazine

Disruptive Solutions For CV Management

July 5, 2016

The Spring issue of Cardiology magazine takes a look at the highlights of the 2016 CV Summit, where members of the cardiovascular management team had the opportunity to learn about upcoming changes to the payment landscape and more. “Clinicians are continuously working to provide high-quality, patient-centered, cost-efficient care to their patients...

Member Benefits

CV Administrator Webinars on MIPS and QRUR

April 28, 2016

Join the Cardiovascular Administrator Workgroup in a webinar on "MIPS and Physician Value Programs" on May 12 from 1 – 2 p.m. ET. The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will affect clinician payments starting in 2019, but reporting requirements will begin as early as 2017.

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Gearing Up For ACC.16

February 29, 2016

Take advantage of all that ACC's 65th Annual Scientific Session has to offer Cardiovascular Administrators, including the Practice Management track. Learn more about "Piecing Together the MACRA Puzzle," new payment models, and the move from volume to value across cardiovascular care.

Meetings

Need Effective Leadership For Your Service Line?

December 10, 2015

Find the answers you need to build effective leadership for your service line at the Cardiovascular Summit, February 18 – 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. You will receive the strategies and skills you need to achieve operational excellence and financial success while improving high-quality, patient centered, cost efficient care.

Best of ACC.org

Best of ACC.org: Behind the Scenes: CV Service Line Administrators

December 3, 2015

As cardiovascular practitioners are diagnosing and treating patients, developing research projects and educating budding professionals, cardiovascular service line administrators are hard at work behind the scenes, improving their facility and ensuring the best possible patient care across the organization. Rich Lundy, MBA, and Kay Stewart-Huey, both members of the CV Management Section’s Leadership Council, share what goes into to making a health care facility run.

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How Will the 2016 Proposed Rules Impact Cardiology?

August 17, 2015

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule and the proposed 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rule. Since then, ACC Advocacy staff members have carefully reviewed both rules and have developed detailed summaries highlighting those provisions that will have the greatest impact on cardiology practices.

Webinar Related

Webinar: Team-Based Care and Transformation of Care

August 17, 2015

As we embark on value-based payment models, population health and disease management programs, team-based care will be an important shift in our delivery model. Team-based care requires a challenging transformation from the traditional doctor-with-helpers model to a new model in which all team members share responsibility to care for the team's patient population.

Awards Programs

Cardiovascular Administrator Travel Awards to the Legislative Conference

June 30, 2015

The ACC has made a select number of travel awards available to cover expenses for CV Administrator members to travel to the 2015 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The award provides funding for airfare, lodging and other expenses to and from the Conference held October 18-20, 2015.

ACC.org Clinical Topic Collections

ACC.org Clinical Topic Collections Offer the Latest Updates Tailored to Your Interests

June 30, 2015

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. For example, the latest updates in the Cardiac Surgery Clinical Topic Collection include expert analyses on the present and future of heart transplantation, describing the team approach to treating these patients, and transcatheter closure of an aortic pseudoaneurysm, which gives insight into how this rare complication was treated in a patient.

ACC Member Publications

Latest Issue of Cardiology Focuses on Big Data

May 26, 2015

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.

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC

Striving to Improve Quality Cardiovascular Care

February 12, 2015

An article published recently in U.S. News and World Report asked the question, “Are Doctors Exposing Heart Patients to Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures?” The article strongly implies that many doctors who are preforming unnecessary procedures are doing so in order to “reap the benefits in Medicare payments.”

Pediatric Cardiology

Insurance and Pediatric Cardiology in the News

November 28, 2014

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the American Journal of Public Health evaluated the impact of health insurance on the survival of infants with congenital heart defects (CHDs). A major finding was that, compared to privately-insured babies, uninsured or underinsured newborns with CHDs experienced a two to three fold increase in mortality in the first 28 days of life.

Member Benefits

Medicare Payment Preview

November 28, 2014

A recent ACC webinar provided a closer look at the potential payment impacts associated with the proposed 2015 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient rules. Of note, the Fee Schedule calls for an across-the-board cut of 20.9 percent starting in April 2015 as a result of the legally mandated Sustainable Growth Rate. Hospitals will receive a 2.1 percent increase in payment for outpatient services.