Cardiovascular Summit Virtual

CV Summit 2021


Attend Cardiovascular Summit Virtual, featuring two days of live sessions, plus three months of access to on-demand sessions and poster presentations.

"The Cardiovascular Summit has always been about how to best adapt to a rapidly changing external environment. So, conducting this year's CV Summit as fully virtual is simply our adaptation — responding to circumstance and finding a new way to provide the most up-to-date information and clinical approaches for achieving practice excellence. Join us to be a part of that experience!"
Geoff Rose, MD, FACC – Course Co-Director

Discover how to create and 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.

"The Cardiovascular Summit is the best meeting explicitly offering practical business solutions for the challenges we face in delivering high value care in this rapidly changing world."
Bo Walpole, MD, FACC - Course Director

Join over 400 of your colleagues from across the country for a transformative educational experience while learning from leading experts who will focus on innovative approaches to —

  • Managing Rapid Change
  • Transforming Cardiovascular Care
  • Optimizing the Clinician Experience
  • Navigating Health Care Economics
  • Enhancing the Academic Agenda

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 basic and advanced small group workshops.

"The unprecedented changes we have experienced in our practices and service lines these past 6 months will make our first ever virtual Summit a critical must attend event. You will be able to truly "bring" your team and experience all that makes this the primary cardiovascular event of 2021."
— Cathie Biga, MSN, FACC – Course Co-Director


This course is intended for all practices — private, integrated and academic — and the entire team, including:

  • Academic and Practice-based Cardiologists, Surgeons, Vascular Specialists, and Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologists
  • Fellows in Training (FIT)
  • Practice Administrators
  • Executives and Physicians from newly integrated groups or practices on the verge of integration
  • Hospital Executives, including CFOs and COOs, and Technical Directors of the cardiovascular service line and major laboratories
  • Physician Executives
  • Nurses and Physician Assistants
  • Health Plans/Payers

Course Director

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

Course Co-directors

Cathleen Biga, MSN, FACC
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois

Geoffrey A. Rose, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Atrium Health

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

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

Sandra Lewis, MD, FACC
Oregon Health and Science University
Legacy Medical Group Cardiology

Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC 
Cardiovascular Associates

Daniel M. Philbin Jr., MD, FACC
New England Heart Institute
Catholic Medical Center

C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC
University of Virginia

Advisory Council

Ginger K. Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC
MedAxiom, An ACC Company

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

Suzette Jaskie, MBA
Corindus Vascular Robotics

John Lutz
ECG Management Consultants

Michele M. Molden, MBA

Kevin C. Nolan, MBA

Joel Porter, JD
Maynard Cooper & Gale

Anthony Talbot
American Association for Physician Leadership

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement

As a provider jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 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 certified activities. 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 (ACWG) through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff and the ACWG members involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

Registration for Cardiovascular Summit Virtual includes access to the livestream on February 12 – 13, 2021 and on-demand access to sessions and additional content through April 30, 2021.

Individual Registration

Registration Fees
Rate Type Designations Early Until 12/18/2020 Regular After 12/19/2020
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO, PhD $349 $399
Non-member Physician (includes Industry Professional) MD, DO, PhD $499 $549
Member Executive
CEO, COO, CFO, Director $349 $399
Non-member Executive CEO, COO, CFO, Director $499 $549
Member CV Administrator
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Student, Emeritus, Resident $249 $299
Non-member CV Administrator PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $499 $549
Member Reduced (includes CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus) ACC/AAPL/ASE/ASNC/Guidehouse/HRS/MedAxiom/Optum/SCAI/SCCT/ SCMR PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student $249 $299
Non-member Reduced  PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $449 $499

Group Registration

Group Registration Fees (Per Registrant)
Rate Type Discount Early Until 12/18/2020 Regular After 12/19/2020
Member (ACC/AAPL/ASE/ASNC/Guidehouse/HRS/MedAxiom/Optum/SCAI/SCCT/ SCMR)
Over 5 5% $332 $379
Over 10 10% $314 $359
Over 15 15% $297 $339
Over 25 25% $262 $299
Over 50 50% $175 $200
Over 5 5% $474 $522
Over 10 10% $449 $494
Over 15 15% $424 $467
Over 25 25% $374 $412
Over 50 50% $250 $275

Groups of 5 or more are eligible for discounted registration rates – the larger the group, the bigger the discount! Give everyone on your team the opportunity to learn proven business practices for improving cardiovascular (CV) care and patient outcomes, that create more efficient spending, while also improving the CV clinician experience.

Click here to download a PDF group registration form

For questions, please contact Brenda Hindle at


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.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration fee in full.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the Cardiovascular Summit Virtual.

Submission Site: Click here to access the abstract submission site.

Deadline Extended! All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on December 4, 2020.

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

As the move toward value-based health care 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, Cardiovascular Summit Virtual represents an ideal opportunity to fill this unmet need. 


  • 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 Cardiovascular Summit Virtual participants, including:

  • Physicians (Fellows in Training, Early Career Professionals, Fellows of the American College of Cardiology)
  • CV Team members (nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists)
  • Cardiovascular administrators/executives
  • 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. Care delivery and cost reduction (Operational, administrative, and financial processes to improve health care delivery and reduce health care costs)
  4. Implementation science (Study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices/interventions into health care)

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
  • Development and advancement of specialty centers and outreach clinics
  • Interventions for maintaining provider wellness
  • Integrating virtual care into cardiovascular practice

All posters must 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 a competition for the best poster award.


  • PDF versions of all posters will be displayed as a part of Cardiovascular Summit Virtual and will be available to all attendees. PDF versions of all posters must be submitted by January 27, 2021.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This course has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants
The American College of Cardiology Foundation has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for continuing nursing education contact hours.


Learner Bill of Rights

Please Note

  • 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 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.