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

Endorsed by:

Florida Chapter



Experience how to effectively align strong leadership with innovative business strategies to achieve the Quadruple Aim — better care, smarter spending, workforce wellness and patient satisfaction — during ACC's Cardiovascular Summit.

Participate in the best education for you and your entire practice team — clinicians, care team members, administrators and executives — while immersing yourself in an educational experience featuring the latest cardiovascular management and leadership strategies, "back-by-popular demand" sessions, engaging plenary sessions, focused educational intensives and over 30 basic and advanced small group workshops.

Network with over 400 colleagues from across the country while learning from leading experts who will focus on novel approaches throughout the pathways of:

  • Workforce Wellness
  • Operational Excellence and Quality Improvement
  • Business of Medicine
  • Leadership

Attend one of the COMPLIMENTARY Thursday morning Pre-conference Sessions on:

  • Cardiovascular Business 101: Back to Basics
  • Advanced Strategic Planning: Don't Forget Your Team!
  • Leadership Forum Session followed by a networking lunch and keynote address.


Tasha Eurich, PhD, Founder of the Eurich Group, organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author

Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH, NYU Langone Medical Center's Appointed Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation

Jim McKenna, Leadership Coach for Physicians

Michael Chernew, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine

Simon Kos, MBBS, BSC (Med), MBA, Microsoft's Chief Medical Officer and Senior Director, Worldwide Health


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 the work environment.

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 the MIPS program 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
  • Review strategies that minimize clinical care variation
  • Identify the interprofessional cardiovascular team needed for successful cardiovascular service line management


This interprofessional course is intended for cardiology physicians; members of the cardiology 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

Tyler Gluckman, MD, FACC
Providence St. Joseph Health

Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC
Vice President
American College of Cardiology
Krannert Institute of Cardiology

Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC
Board of Governors Chair
American College of Cardiology
Cardiovascular Associates

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

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

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
American College of Cardiology
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center

B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

Advisory Council

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

Suzette Jaskie
Independent Contractor

Dawn McKnight
American Association for Physician Leadership

Michele M. Molden
Optum Advisory Services

Kevin C. Casey Nolan
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Joel Porter
Maynard Cooper

Joel Sauer
MedAxiom Consulting

Nurse Planner

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

Invited Faculty

Peter Angood, MD
American Association for Physician Leadership

Timothy Attebery, DSc, MBA
American College of Cardiology

Stephen Beeson, MD
The Clinician Experience Project

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

Michael Chernew, PhD
Harvard Medical School

William Downey, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute Carolinas Healthcare System

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

Tasha Eurich, PhD
The Eurich Group

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

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

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD, FACC
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Akshay K. Khandelwal, MD, FACC
Henry Ford Hospital

David C. Konur
Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Simon Kos, MBBS, BSC (Med), MBA

Jim McKenna
Leadership Coach for Physicians

Marc Newell, MD, FACC
Minneapolis Heart Institute Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Cheryl B. Pegus, MD, MPH

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Rhode Island Hospital Division of Cardiology

David E. Perloff, MD, FACC
ACC Florida Chapter Governor

Michael Romano
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

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

Craig E. Strauss, MD, FACC
Minneapolis Heart Institute

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

R. Jeffrey Westcott, MD, FACC
Swedish Medical Group

Joint Society Faculty

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

Joel Sauer
MedAxiom Consulting

Milind Y. Desai, MBBS, FACC
Cleveland Clinic

Stephen H. Little, MD, FASE, FACC
The Methodist Debakey Heart Center

Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC
Medical College of Georgia Piedmont Heart Institute

Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FHRS, FACC
Mayo Clinic

Jeffrey G. Carr, MD, FSCAI, FACC
Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas, PA

Jihad A. Mustapha, MD, FSCAI, FACC
Metro Health Hospital

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.

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

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

NEW THIS YEAR: Thursday's Pre-Conferences and Lunch included in registration fees!

Registration Tuition

Please register me as: Designation   Early Until 11/16/18
Regular 11/17/18 Until 1/18/19
 Late 1/19/19 and Onsite
ACC/AAPL/Advisory Board/MedAxiom/Navigant Member Physician (includes International Associate) MD, DO, PhD $1125 $1325 $1425
Non-member Physician (includes Industry Professional) MD, DO, PhD $1500 $1700 $1800
ACC/AAPL Member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $1025 $1225 $1325
Non-member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $1350 $1550 $1650
ACC/AAPL/Advisory Board/MedAxiom/Navigant Member CV Administrator PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Student, Emeritus, Resident $700 $900 $1000
Non-member CV Administrator PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $1000 $1200 $1300
ACC/AAPL/Advisory Board/MedAxiom/Navigant (includes CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus) PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student $700 $900 $1000
Non-member Reduced PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $900 $1100 $1200
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.

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

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the Cardiovascular Summit that will take place February 14-16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Submission Site: The abstract submission site is now open at

NEW Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 26, 2018.

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 PDF

Abstract Submission Instructions PDF

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 2019 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:

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

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

Best Poster Award:

  • All of the displayed posters will automatically be entered into 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 15th, 2019. 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 2019 CV Summit.


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 19.25 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 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 (ANCC Provider number 0019).

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19.25 continuing nursing 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 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL, 32821. The hotel's main phone number is 407-597-3600.

You may reserve your room at The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek by clicking here, by typing this URL into your browser: or by calling Hotel Reservations at 888-353-2013. When calling be sure to use group code HACC.

Room Rates
The room rate at The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is $275 plus tax (currently 12.5%) and an optional $35 resort fee per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until January 16, 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 and cancellation penalties.

General Information

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.

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, Quality Improvement, Problem-Based Learning, Hospitals