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ACC Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI; 2018 Legislative Conference; and More.

Call for Nominations: ACC Vice President, Trustees

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Recommendations to the ACC Nominating Committee are now being accepted for ACC vice president and Board of Trustee (BOT) positions through July 3.

Each trustee will serve up to a three-year term. The vice president serves a one-year term, and is thereafter eligible to assume the position of ACC president. To serve as vice president, an individual must have first served at least one term on the BOT.

The application form and position descriptions, along with more details about the nomination process, requirements and ACC’s leadership competencies are available at Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to Taylor Davis at by July 3. The Nominating Committee will meet this summer to consider all recommendations and will present a slate of nominations to the BOT for approval.

IU Adult Academic Health Center Earns Triple Accreditation!

The Indiana University Adult Academic Health Center (AHC) was recently awarded three accreditations by ACC Accreditation Services, making it the first hospital in Indiana to be awarded a triple accreditation.

The Center received the following accreditations:

  • The Atrial Fibrillation v3 accreditation with EPS
  • The Cardiac Cath Lab with PCI accreditation
  • Chest Pain with PCI accreditation

To earn accreditation, the IU Adult AHC cardiovascular team needed to complete a rigorous self-assessment, data submission process, and onsite evaluation to demonstrate their ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with cardiac conditions.

To learn more about ACC Accreditation Services, go to

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ACC Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI Announces the 15 Diplomat Hospitals

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With 90-day readmissions an increasing area of focus for proposed payment and reimbursement models, there is a need to identify best practices. As part of the ACC’s Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, 15 hospitals are serving as pioneers in this space.

During the first phase of the Patient Navigator Program, which launched in 2013, 35 hospitals around the country worked closely with the ACC to implement interventions aimed at bridging gaps between inpatient and outpatient AMI care through 30 days post hospitalization. These lessons learned are now being shared nationally through the newest phase of the program. Additionally, 15 of the original 35 hospitals have chosen to be “Diplomat Hospitals” and will focus on reducing 90-day readmissions for AMI patients, while also providing mentorship for wider adoption of the program across other institutions. Read More >>>

“Since the original Patient Navigator Program launched, hospitals and cardiovascular care team members have led the way in developing effective ways to help manage patients’ heart health after they leave the hospital,” said ACC Immediate Past President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, earlier this year. “The 15 Diplomat Hospitals will be building on what we have learned to help hospitals across the country reduce readmission rates while improving patients’ long-term outcomes.”

To find out more about the program, visit Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI is supported by founding sponsor AstraZeneca.

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Don’t Miss ACC’s 2018 Legislative Conference

The 2018 ACC Legislative Conference will take place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to invest in the College’s advocacy initiatives, gain an insider perspective on how to impact health care policy change in your state, and most importantly, meet face-to-face with congressional leaders and staff on Capitol Hill to share the incredible work the cardiovascular community is doing to provide quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care.

Registration is now open! Click here for more information and to register!

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias

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