Cardiovascular Summit: Navigating Hyper-Change & Healthcare Economics and Optimizing CV Care & the Clinician Experience

CV Summit 2020

Align strong leadership with up-to-date business strategies to improve cardiovascular (CV) care and patient outcomes and implement more efficient spending, all while improving the CV clinician experience.

Learn from leading experts as they teach innovative approaches to:

  • Mastering the Complexities of CV Healthcare Economics
  • Navigating Hyper-change of CV Care Delivery
  • Optimizing Care of the CV Patient
  • Enhancing the CV Clinician Experience

Past Attendee Comments

"Great symposium. Every presentation I attended was well planned and speakers were uniformly outstanding." — 2019 Attendee

"The information I learned and will use from this conference far exceeds any conference over my 20-30 years that I have been to." — 2019 Attendee

Come together with over 400 clinicians, care team members, administrators and executives for a transformative educational experience featuring:

  • Latest CV management and leadership strategies
  • "Back-by-Popular Demand" Sessions
  • Engaging plenary sessions
  • Focused educational intensives
  • Over 50 basic and advanced small group workshops

Enhance your experience by attending one of the COMPLIMENTARY Pre-conference Sessions on Cardiovascular Business Basics; or Leadership on Thursday morning!


Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC is the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner. He currently serves as the Donald F. Fortin Professor of Cardiology and Vice-Chancellor for Health Data Science at Duke University. Starting in November, Dr. Califf will become the full-time head of strategy and policy for Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences and Google Health divisions.

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC is the Harold H. Hines, Jr., Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and is the Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH is a physician scientist, Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, and Professor and Chair of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey.

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


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, 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
  • Establish leadership strategies that build collaboration, teamwork and trust to help others excel
  • Describe principles of workforce wellness
  • Identify the interprofessional cardiovascular team needed for successful cardiovascular service line management
  • Recognize how to set up a financially viable team-based care model
  • Identify the necessary key elements academic institutions require to better prepare cardiologists for a value-based world
  • Determine critical elements for a sustainable physician compensation model

Course Director

Howard T. Walpole Jr., MD, MBA, FACC
Treasurer, American College of Cardiology

Course Co-directors

Cathleen Biga, RN, MSN, FACC
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois

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

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

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

Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC
Tulane University School of Medicine

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
University of California, Irvine

Akshay K. Khandelwal, MD, FACC
Henry Ford Hospital

C. Michael Valentine, MD, MACC
Stroobants Cardiovascular Center
Past President, American College of Cardiology

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

Advisory Council

Ginger Biesbrock

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

Suzette Jaskie
Corindus Vascular Robotics

Michele M. Molden
Optum Advisory Services

Kevin C. Casey Nolan
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Joel Porter
Maynard Cooper

Anthony Talbot
American Association for Physician Leadership

Nurse Planner

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

Invited Faculty

Peter B. Angood, MD
American Association for Physician Leadership

Timothy W. Attebery, DSc, MBA, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer American College of Cardiology

Alison Bailey, MD, FACC
Erlanger Health System

Atif Baqai, MD
Amita Health

Craig J. Beavers, PharmD, AACC, BCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), CACP
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC
Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Sanjeev Bhavnani, MD, FACC
Scripps Clinic and Research Institute

Gerald Blackwell, MD, FACC

Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC
Duke University/Verily Life Sciences

Carrie Chapman, MD
Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin

Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC
Lee Health System

Nihar R. Desai, MD, FACC
Yale School of Medicine

William Downey, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute Atrium Health

Thomas A. Draper, MBA
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute Atrium Health

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

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

Joseph A. Goeke IV, MD, FACC
St. Lukes Cardiovascular Consultants Mid America Heart Institute

Ann E. Honeycutt, MSN
Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD, FACC
Minneapolis Heart Institute Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

David Konur, FACHE
Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC
President, American College of Cardiology Krannert Institute of Cardiology Indiana University School of Medicine

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC
Yale University School of Medicine

Joon S. Lee, MD, FACC
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Mark Leimbach, MD
Northside Cardiovascular Institute

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

Michael S. Parmacek, MD, FACC
University of Pennsylvania Health System

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Vice President, American College of Cardiology Rhode Island Hospital Division of Cardiology

Joel Sauer, MBA

Craig E. Strauss, MD, FACC
Minneapolis Heart Institute Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indiana University School of Medicine

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MACC
Northwestern Medicine

Joint Society Faculty

Judy W. Hung, MD, FACC, FASE
President Elect, ASE Massachusetts General Hospital

James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, FACC, FASE
University of Washington Medical Center

Jamieson M. Bourque, MD, FACC, FASNC
Member, Board of Directors ASNC University of Virginia Health System

Sharmila Dorbala, MBBS, FACC, FASNC
President, ASNC Brigham & Women's Hospital

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

Andrea M. Russo, MD, FACC, FHRS
President, HRS Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Cindy L. Grines, MD, FACC, MSCAI
President Elect, SCAI Northside Health Cardiovascular Institute

Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FACC, FSCAI
President, SCAI University California San Diego

Ron Blankstein, MD, FACC, FASNC, FSCCT
President, SCCT Brigham & Women's Hospital

Todd Villines, MD, FACC, MSCCT
University of Virginia

Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci MD, PhD
Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR)

Subha Raman, MD, FSCMR
Ohio State University

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement
As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly provided or jointly provided/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors, in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the education activity.

ACCF assesses conflicts of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations. Please note ACCF staff involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

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.

The registration tuition includes pre-conference sessions, educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunch on Thursday and Friday and course materials.

Please register me as: Designation   Early Until 11/06/19
Regular 11/07/19 Until 1/08/20
 Late 1/09/20 and Onsite
ACC/AAPL/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/MedAxiom/Navigant Member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $1025 $1225 $1325
Non-member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $1350 $1550 $1650
ACC/AAPL/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/MedAxiom/Navigant Member Reduced (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.

Call Member Care at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 or email to receive the discount.

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 6-8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Submission Site: The abstract submission site is now open at

EXTENDED Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 26, 2019.

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

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 2020 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 2020 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 the expected 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 Friday, February 7th, 2020. 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 two weeks prior to the start of the 2020 CV Summit.

ACC Cardiovascular Summit 2020 abstracts are embargoed until Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at 12:45 p.m. ET. Therefore, authors/institutions and members of the press cannot distribute or publish any information (other than the title) from the abstract while the embargo is in effect. The ACC welcomes the participation of institutions in promoting research presented at the ACC Cardiovascular Summit 2020. All promotions must abide by the embargo date and time. For questions, please contact ACC Sr. Media Relations Associate Katie Glenn,

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 19.5 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 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 19.5 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 Marriott Marquis located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20001. The hotel's main phone number is 202-824-9200.

You may reserve your room at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC online at or by calling 855-821-4281. When calling to reserve a hotel room be sure to ask for the ACC CV Summit room block to allow the reservations agent to quickly locate the discounted group rate.

Room Rates
The room rate at Marriott Marquis, Washington DC is $249 plus tax (subject to change) per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until January 15, 2020 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.

Gain access to over 400 cardiovascular leaders from all practice settings — private, integrated and academic. View the full Exhibitor Prospectus below!

Download the CV Summit 2020 Exhibitor Prospectus

Exhibitor Registration

Questions regarding exhibiting at the CV Summit can be directed to Lindsey Kronforst at

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Keywords: Leadership, Quality Improvement, Problem-Based Learning, Hospitals