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 interprofessional 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
Northeast Georgia Health System

Course Co-directors

Cathleen Biga, RN, MSN
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois

Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC
Duke University School of Medicine

Planning Committee

Charles L. Brown III, MD, FACC
Piedmont Heart and Piedmont Healthcare

Andrew Freeman, MD, FACC
National Jewish Health

Ty Gluckman, MD, FACC
Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic

Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC
Krannert Institute of Cardiology

Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC
The Cardiovascular Group, PC

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center

Advisory Council

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

Suzette Jaskie
Independent Contractor

Dawn McKnight
American Association for Physician Leadership

David R. Melloh, JD
Lindquist & Vennum, LLP

Michele M. Molden
The Advisory Board Company

Kevin C. Casey Nolan
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Joel Sauer
MedAxiom Consulting

Nurse Planner

Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
American College of Cardiology

Invited Faculty

Srinath Adusumalli, MD
Penn Medicine

Peter Angood, MD
American Association for Physician Leadership

Ginger K. Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC
MedAxiom Consulting

Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC
New York-Presbyterian, Columbia and
Weill Cornell Medicine 

Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC
Lee Health

Julie Marie Clary, MD, MBA, FACC
Indiana University School of Medicine

Thomas A. Draper, MBA
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Carolinas Healthcare System 

Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC
St. Vincent Medical Group/St. Vincent Health
Ascension Health 

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

Kate Goonan, MD
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC
Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute
Tulane University

Chad A. Hoyt, MD, FACC
CMG Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Centra Health, Inc. 

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Hoag Memorial Hospital

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD, FACC
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Robert Kirk
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Rachel Klinedinst, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Kathryn Lund, RN, MBA
Piedmont Healthcare

Evan Ownby, MD, FACC
CMG Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Centra Health, Inc. 

Geoffrey A. Rose, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Carolinas Healthcare System 

John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC
American College of Cardiology

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

Megan Tooley
The Advisory Board Company

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana

Christopher J. White, MD, FACC
Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland

Penny Wilton, MBBS, MBA
Spectrum Health

Joint Society Faculty

Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA, FACC
Piedmont Healthcare

Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Mayo Clinic

Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FACC
Reid Heart Center at First Health of the Carolinas

Kirk N. Garratt, MD, FACC
Christiana Care Health Systems

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.


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 2/1/18
Late 2/2/18 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
$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™. 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 continuing education 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.

You may reserve your room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by calling call (877) 551-7778 or (702) 698-7100 or book online at Be sure to mention that you are attending the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Summit. The group name is SACCF8.

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. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until January 15, 2018, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible. When you make your reservation, please be sure to ask about early departure fees or cancellation penalties.


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