Cardiovascular Summit & Leadership Forum: Finance, Operations, Quality and Data

Course Co-directors: Cathie Biga, RN, MSN, Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, and Allen Seals, MD, FACC

To watch Drs. Schafer and Valentine discuss MACRA 101, click here


Forging the Path to Value will require effectively aligning strong leadership with innovative business strategies to ensure better care, smarter spending and healthier people. ACC’s 2017 Cardiovascular Summit brings together an array of experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership to offer an educational experience that leads to operational excellence, cost efficiency and leadership training during this time of radical care delivery transformation.

Featuring small group workshops and utilizing dynamic teaching methods, this essential course provides the necessary assistance you and your entire practice requires to not just survive, but thrive during these changing times. Come together to discuss, discover and develop the best solutions for today’s challenges covering the hottest topics:

  • National Aim Issues
  • Business of Medicine including Payment Reform and Finance
  • Operational Excellence and Leadership
  • Quality and Efficiency

Offering the best education for you and your team with an agenda featuring engaging plenary sessions and workshops for all skill levels and practices – you will want to be a part of the Summit!


The overall goal of this course is to assist participants in adopting business and leadership strategies and skills that lead to better care, smarter spending and healthier people.

Upon completion of this course, participants 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 Medicare Access And Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and determine how it will impact the day-to-day delivery of health care
  • Recognize essential data management and reporting systems
  • Determine key components of how to lead change
  • Establish a thoughtful process for episodes of care management
  • Utilize reporting system data to improve practice or individual performance


This inter-professional course is intended for cardiology physicians and other stakeholders of the cardiology 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 Disease
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC 

A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC
Immediate Past-President, Florida Chapter
Chair Board of Governors
American College of Cardiology
Senior Partner
Baker & Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute
Jacksonville, FL 

Planning Committee

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

Andrew M. Freeman MD FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director Clinical Cardiology and Operations
Director Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Wellness
National Jewish Health

Tyler J. Gluckman, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Clinical Transformation
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute
Portland, OR

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

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
Vice President
American College of Cardiology
Centra Health, Inc.
Lynchburg, VA

Advisory Council

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, FACC
Chairman, HVI Strategic Operations
Cleveland Clinic

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

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

Dawn McKnight, BS
Director, Strategic Collaborations and Lx Solutions
American Association for Physician Leadership
Tampa, FL 

David R. Melloh, JD
Lindquist & Vennum, LLP

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

Kevin C. “Casey” Nolan, MBA
Managing Director
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
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


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

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

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco 

Denise Brown, BA
Vice President, Business Intelligence Solutions
MedAxiom Consulting
Palm Harbor, FL 

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

Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA, FACC
Mark E. Silverman, M.D. Educational Chair
Chief Quality Office
Chief, Arrhythmia Center
Piedmont Heart Institute
Piedmont Healthcare

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

Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC
Chair, Cardiology Division
St. Vincent Medical Group/St. Vincent Health
Chair, Cardiovascular Service Line
Ascension Health

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

John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles 

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC
Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute
Professor of Medicine and Radiology
Tulane University
New Orleans 

Mark Hertling, MS, MA
Lieutenant General (Retired), US Army
Senior Vice President, Global Partnering Leadership Development and Health Performance Strategies
Florida Hospital

Kathleen M. Hewitt, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Associate Vice President
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Chad A. Hoyt, MD, FACC
Executive Medical Director
Centra Heart & Vascular Center
Lynchburg, VA 

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

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

Nick Morse
Team Leader, Executive Affairs, Advocacy
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Rosanne Nelson, MA, MBA
Director, Member Leadership Development
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Christine Perez, JD
Medicare Payment and Quality Policy Associate, Advocacy
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Director, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI

William Robbie Price IV, MSN, NP-C, ANCC
Nurse Practitioner
Director of Practice Operations
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Lynchburg, VA

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

Michael K. Schroyer, RN, MSN, MBA, AACC
Chief Operating Officer
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana

John A. Spertus, MD, MPH, FACC
Missouri/Lauer Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine
University of Missouri – Kansas City
Clinical Director Outcomes Research
Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute
Kansas City, MO 

Craig E. Strauss, MD, FACC
Cardiologist and Medical Director
Healthcare Delivery Innovation Center
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Thomas A. Talley
Chief Operating Officer
Minneapolis Heart Institute

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

Jason H. Wasfy, MD, MPhil, FACC
Director of Quality and Outcomes Research
Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center

Richard F. Wright, MD, FACC
Pacific Heart Institute
Santa Monica, CA

Janet F. Wyman DNP, RN-CS, ACNS-BC, AACC
Manager, Center for Structural Heart Disease Henry Ford Hospital
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Henry Ford Health System
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 

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, re-selling, 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. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

Faculty Disclosures

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

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.50 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 certificates of participation for educational activities certified 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.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18.50 continuing nursing education contact hours. Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

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

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

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

The Advisory Board Company

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The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunch on Friday, a reception on Friday evening and course materials.


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.


All sessions will be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL, 32821. The meeting site number is 407-597-3600.

The ACC room block for the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has sold out. For those who still need to arrange for hotel accommodations for this course, please click here for a list of area hotels.


Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are 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. 

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The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC.