Cardiovascular Summit: Contemporary Strategies for Quality Improvement, Operational Excellence, Finance and Leadership

Do you need help achieving the Quadruple Aim — better care, smarter spending, workforce wellness and patient satisfaction?

Join us in Las Vegas, February 22 — 24, 2018 for ACC’s Cardiovascular Summit where you and over 400 of your colleagues from across the country will be immersed in an educational experience that effectively aligns strong leadership with innovative business strategies.

Leading experts will assist you in fitting the puzzle pieces together to achieve operational excellence, cost efficiency, leadership training and workforce wellness during this time of radical care delivery transformation.

Bring your entire cardiovascular care team and benefit from a packed agenda featuring new topics and “back-by-popular demand” sessions during engaging plenary sessions and small group workshops developed for all skill levels and practices. New this year —view posters and find solutions during the Summit!

Feedback from 2017 Attendee

“I am glad you have this meeting every year. I will continue to bring BOTH NEW AND OLD PARTNERS AS WELL AS OUR HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS to this meeting to LEARN TOGETHER.”


As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to adopt business and leadership strategies and skills that advance the concepts of the Quadruple Aim (better care, smarter spending, workforce wellness and patient satisfaction) within their work environment.

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to —

  • Identify the basic elements of cardiovascular business best practices necessary to become or remain financially successful in an era of payment reform
  • Evaluate the components of the Quality Payment Program (aka MACRA) and determine how it will impact the day-to-day delivery of health care
  • Establish leadership strategies that build collaboration, teamwork and trust to help others excel
  • Describe principles of workforce wellness
  • Distinguish the components of highly reliable organizations
  • Establish a thoughtful process for episodes of care management

This course is intended for cardiovascular clinicians and other stakeholders of the cardiovascular clinician care team, regardless of practice setting; and cardiovascular administrators and executives.

Course Director

Howard T. Walpole Jr., MD, MBA, FACC
Vice President, Clinical Effectiveness
Northeast Georgia Health System
Gainesville, GA

Course Co-directors

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

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

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

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC
Q. E. and Sally Russell Professor of Cardiology
Krannert Institute of Cardiology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC
Past Chair of the Board of Governors
American College of Cardiology
The Cardiovascular Group, PC
Virginia Heart
Reston, VA

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
Vice President
American College of Cardiology
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Centra Medical Group
Lynchburg, VA

Advisory Council

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

Suzette Jaskie, MBA
Vice President, Global Medical Affairs
Corindus Vascular Robotics
Ada, MI

Dawn McKnight, BS
Director of Business Development
American Association for Physician Leadership
Tampa, FL

David R. Melloh, Esq.

Partner, Co-chair Health Care
Ballard Spahr

Michele M. Molden, MBA
Senior Vice President
The Advisory Board
Nashville, TN

Kevin C. “Casey” Nolan, MBA
Managing Director
Washington, DC

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

Nurse Planner

Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Invited Faculty

Srinath Adusumalli, MD
Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Cardiovascular Outcomes, Quality and Evaluative Research Center
University of Pennsylvania

Peter B. Angood, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer
American Association for Physician Leadership
Tampa, FL

Anne Beekman, RN, BSN
Vice President Consulting
Neptune Beach, FL

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

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

Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC
Immediate Past-President
American College of Cardiology
Medical Director, Heart and Vascular Institute
Lee Health System
Fort Myers, FL

Julie Marie Clary, MD, MBA, FACC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Krannert Institute of Cardiology

Elizabeth Currier, MBA, MPH, LSSGB
Senior Improvement Advisor
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center)
Baltimore, MD

Martha Davis
ASCDIR – Performance Excellence

Thomas A. Draper, MBA
Vice President, Hospital Operations
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Carolinas Healthcare System
Charlotte, NC

Steven Farmer, MD, FACC
Senior Advisor
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Washington, DC

Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC
Chair, Cardiology Division and CV Service Line
St. Vincent Health
Chair, Ascension Health CV Service Line
Ascension Health

Linda Gates-Striby, CCS-P, ACS-CA
Director, Corporate Compliance
St. Vincent Medical Group

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC

Tulane University Heart & Vascular Institute
Sidney W. and Marilyn S. Lassen Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
Chief, Section of Cardiology
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans

Chad A. Hoyt, MD, FACC
Executive Medical Director
Centra Heart and Vascular Center
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Centra Medical Group
Lynchburg, VA

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Robert and Georgia Roth Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cardiac Care
Director of Disease Management
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach, CA

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD, FACC

Chairman of Cardiology
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Rachel Klinedinst, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN

Co-director, Inpatient Palliative Care Service
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Kathryn Lund, RN, CCRN, MBA
Executive Director, Value Based Care
Piedmont Heart Institute

James J. Merrill, MD, FACC
Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Wellmont CVA Heart Institute
Wellmont Cardiology Services
Kingsport, TN

Evan Ownby, MD, FACC
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Centra Medical Group
Lynchburg, VA

Janet W. Powell, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
EP Program Manager
Wellmont CVA Heart Institute
Wellmont Cardiology Services
Kingsport, TN

Michael Romano, MHSA

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

John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC
Chief Innovation Officer
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Michael K. Schroyer, RN, MSN, MBA, AACC
Chief Operating Officer
St. Vincent Health
Ascension Health

Thomas A. Talley
Chief Operating Officer
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Megan Tooley
Practice Manager, Cardiovascular Roundtable
The Advisory Board
Washington, DC

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
President, American College of Cardiology
Medical Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indiana University School of Medicine

Christopher J. White, MD, FACC
Chief of Medical Services
Professor and Chairman of Medicine
System Chair for Cardiovascular Diseases
Ochsner Medical Center
New Orleans

Penny Wilton, MBBS, MBA
Department Chief, Cardiovascular Health
Frederik Meijer Endowed Chair
Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI

Joint Society Faculty

Thomas F. Deering, MD, FACC
Chief, Clinical Centers of Excellence
Chief, Arrhythmia Center of Excellence
Piedmont Heart Institute
Chief, Quality Officer
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
Mark E. Silverman, M.D. Educational Chair
Piedmont Healthcare

Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FACC
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
Reid Heart Center at FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Pinehurst, NC

Kirk N. Garratt, MD, MSc, FACC
Associate Director, Center for Heart and Vascular
Christiana Care Health System
Newark, DE

ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. 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 through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Cardiovascular Summit Faculty Disclosures


Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the Cardiovascular Summit that will take place February 22-24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The submission process is now closed.

Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 

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

Abstract Policies and Procedures

Abstract Submission Instructions

As the move towards value-based healthcare 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, the Cardiovascular (CV) Summit represents an ideal venue to fill this unmet need.  To this end, a practical dissemination and implementation science poster session will occur at the 2018 CV Summit.


  • 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 attendees of the 2018 CV Summit including:

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

Poster Presentation Categories (centered around the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Quadruple Aim)1,2:

  • Improving the patient experience of care (quality)
  • Improving the patient experience of care (satisfaction)
  • Improving the health of populations
  • Reducing the cost of healthcare
  • Improving healthcare provider (clinicians and staff) work life and well being

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
  • Techniques for navigating Stark Law
  • Development and nurturing of specialty or outreach clinics
  • Interventions for reducing provider burnout

All posters should 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).
  1. 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.) 
  1. 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)
  1. Conclusions
    1. A short summary of the lessons learned from the work and/or the message for attendees/readers.
  1. 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 20 displayed posters will automatically be entered into an on-site competition for best poster award/ribbon.


  • Posters will be displayed in meeting space foyer at the CV Summit throughout the day on February 23rd, 2018.  Poster presenters will have an opportunity to discuss their work with attendees during an extended break on that day.


  • PDF versions of posters will be distributed as part of an online toolkit/supplement to the CV Summit available to all attendees.  To accommodate this, we will ask that all poster presenters submit their poster one week prior to the start of the 2018 CV Summit.

To Register online for the course please click the Register button at the top of the page.

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is now captured through your online profile. To enable us to accommodate your request, please ensure that your profile is up to date. If you select the (other) option, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs. If you require assistance, please contact the Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603.

To Register by Fax, Email or Phone for the Course click here.

Register your group of 5 or more and save! Call the Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 with the codes below to register your group:
CVGRP10 — 10% discount for groups of 5-9 registrants
CVGRP15 — 15% discount for your group of 10 or more

Members of these societies may register at the same rate as ACC members:

The Advisory Board

Please call the Resource Center at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 or submit your registration form through fax or mail to receive this rate [click here]

The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunch and course materials.

Register me as: Designation Pre-conference Workshop
Early Until 11/29/17
Regular 11/30/17 Until 2/7/18
Late 2/8/18 and Onsite
ACC/AAPL/HRS/SCAI/Advisory Board/MedAxiom/Navigant Member Physician - Includes International Associate
MD, DO PhD $150 $975 $1175 $1275
Non member Physician - Includes Industry Professional
MD, DO, PhD $150 $1350 $1550 $1650
Member Executive
CEO, COO, CFO, Director
$150 $875 $1075 $1175
Non-member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $150 $1200 $1400 $1500
ACC/AAPL/HRS/SCAI/Advisory Board/MedAxiom/Navigant Member CV Administrator
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Student, Emeritus, Resident $150 $550 $750 $850
BUNDLE for Non-member CV Administrator to Become an ACC MEMBER (includes ACC CV Administrator membership fee for 1 year)*
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $150 $750* $950* $1050*
Non-member CV Administrator
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD
$150 $850 $1050 $1150
ACC/AAPL/HRS/SCAI/Advisory Board/MedAxiom/Navigant
Member Reduced
- Includes CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student $150 $550 $750 $850
Non-member Reduced
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, Resident, Student
$150 $750 $950 $1050
*Proof of licensure required for PA, Tech, RN, CNS and NP (non-CVT members); letter from training director needed for FIT. International registrants are urged to FAX application to the ACC. *You must call the Resource Center at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 or fax it to them at 202-375-7000 to register for the BUNDLE of membership and registration for CV Administrators.

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 $250 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.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACC will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Pre-con = 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™; Course = 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certifi cates of participation for educational activities certifi ed for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC Provider number 0019).

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18.25 CNE contact hours (Pre-con = 3.75 CNE contact hours; Course = 14.5 CNE contact hours). Nurses should claim only the 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 the field.


All sessions will be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. The meeting site number is 702-698-7000.

The deadline to book a room in the ACC group block has passed. However, while they last, ACC has a limited number of rooms on hold for last minute registrants. To see if rooms are still available, please email In your email be sure to include:

  • Your name as it appears on your photo ID
  • Group name SACCF8, American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Summit
  • Your check in date
  • Your check out date
  • Number of people that will be in your room

After Sarah has emailed your confirmation number to you, you will need to call (702) 698-7100 to provide them with a form of payment. Please note that your guest room will not be confirmed until you provide a form of payment.

Room Rates
The room rate at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is $229 plus state and local taxes currently 12 percent; and a $26 resort fee per night.


Please Note

Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

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 ANCC or 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.

Clinical Topics:

Keywords: Leadership, Delivery of Health Care