Evan D. Ownby, MD, FACC

New Practice Made Perfect Podcast Episode Discusses Population Health

December 18, 2019

Featured Podcast

The newest episode of ACC's Practice Made Perfect podcast is now live. Evan D. Ownby, MD, FACC, hosts ACC CEO Tim Attebery, DSc, MBA, and Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc, FACC, to discuss population health, the impact on patient care and measurable outcomes. Listen now.

Alison Bailey

Part Two of Practice Made Perfect Podcast Continues Conversation on Negotiation Skills

November 26, 2019

Featured Podcast

The second episode in the two-part conversation, Negotiation Skills: Helping Leaders Get Ahead, is now live. Practice Made Perfect podcast host Alison L. Bailey, MD, FACC, and guests Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC, and Peter L. Duffy, MD, FACC, continue their conversation on contract negotiation at any career stage, from first job to retirement.

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Has Employment of Cardiologists Been a Successful Strategy? – Part 1

November 6, 2019

Feature Article

Only 15 years ago, the landscape of cardiology practices was much different. Back then, aside from a few notable exceptions such as the Minneapolis Heart Institute and academic programs, almost all cardiologists were part of independent practices. Fast forward to 2019 and the landscape is dramatically different.

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Sign Up For “Microvolunteer” Opportunities

October 28, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

There are a lot of big ways to get involved with the College – being on a Section Leadership Council, participating on a taskforce or committee, or serving as faculty for a live course, to name a few. However, we know that not everyone has the time for some of these larger-scale commitments. That's why the ACC is excited to announce the launch of our Microvolunteering Platform.

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Multi-Payment Dues Portal Now Live

October 18, 2019

Announcements

The ACC is excited to announce that it is now possible for a single individual to pay membership dues for one or more members without needing to know each member's username and password. All that's required is a single, free ACC.org login.

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Attend ACC’s CV Summit and Showcase Your QI Best Practices

October 11, 2019

Educational Opportunities

Join your colleagues for ACC's Cardiovascular Summit, taking place Feb. 6 – 8, 2020 in Washington, DC, for an educational experience featuring the latest cardiovascular management and leadership strategies.

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Last Chance to Submit your Posters for Legislative Conference

September 20, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

The ACC's Cardiovascular Team Section Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with the ACC CV Administrators Work Group, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Health Policy Poster Session – to be held during the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference in Washington DC, November 3-5, 2019.

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Sign up for Committees: Committee Nominations Open till October 4th

September 20, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

Nominations for available positions on ACC Committees, including NCDR and Accreditation Services committees, are now being accepted until Friday, Oct. 4. Interested applicants or nominators are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague using the Committee Nominations Portal.

ACC CEO Tim Attebery

Six Month Check-up: How ACC and MedAxiom Are Transforming CV Care, Together

August 29, 2019

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

ACC and MedAxiom CEO Tim Attebery, DSc, MBA, FACHE, and MedAxiom President Jerry Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC, provide a "six-month check-up" on the ways ACC and MedAxiom continue to align their strategic visions and goals with a long-term plan of action.

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Showcase Your Health Policy Research the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference

August 22, 2019

Upcoming Event

ACC's Cardiovascular Team Section Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with the ACC CV Administrators Work Group, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Health Policy Poster Session, taking place at the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference, Nov. 3 – 5 in Washington, DC.

Chapters

Join Industry Thought Leaders at MedAxiom's CV Transforum

August 13, 2019

Announcements

MedAxiom's CV Transforum Fall'19 conference is the perfect opportunity to attend presentations from the nation's top thought leaders and transformational programs to help you learn how to stay ahead in today's rapidly changing health care environment.

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Webinar: 2019 CV Service Lines 101

August 13, 2019

Featured Webinar

Join Geoffrey Rose, MD, FACC, and Michael Montgomery, MS, for a webinar, Sept. 12 at noon ET, on cardiovascular service lines.

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Check Out the July Issue of Cardiology; Your Member Magazine

July 23, 2019

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

Cardiology is the ACC's flagship member magazine — your member magazine — providing cardiovascular professionals with a comprehensive source for clinical and professional news. Find links to all of the July issue's articles and share on social media!

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ACC Recognizes Service Line Administrators and Practice Managers in July

July 3, 2019

Announcements

The work that cardiovascular service line administrators and practice managers do every day serves as a springboard for efforts to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC is recognizing the important role these valued professionals play throughout the month of July with a special discount for new members.

Chapters

New ACC Company Provides CV Service Line Solutions For Transforming Health Care

February 21, 2019

Announcements

The ACC Foundation has acquired MedAxiom, a cardiovascular membership, services and consulting firm, adding the company's recognized leadership in cardiovascular operations, performance improvement and business acumen to ACC's world-class science, education, registry, quality improvement and advocacy work.

ACC Webinar

Webinar: 2019 Quadruple Aim and the Role of the Administrator

February 21, 2019

Featured Webinar

Join Dipti Itchhiporia, MD, FACC, and Thomas Draper, MBA, March 7 at noon ET, for a webinar discussing how physicians can leverage the role of administrators to execute on all facets of the quadruple aim: patient experience, population health, costs and provider well-being.

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Commentary on wRVU Compensation Models in Academic Centers

December 4, 2018

Feature Article

There are currently unprecedented challenges associated with cardiologist compensation. Cardiologists and their organizations – whether private practice, hospital affiliated or academic institutions – uniformly face a rapidly evolving landscape.

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Achieving a Governance Structure to Drive Success

October 24, 2018

Feature Article

As we all strive to achieve the Quadruple Aim in delivering high-value patient care, it is imperative for health systems to integrate physicians into the leadership of services, programs and disease-state centers in an impactful way. This integration will help improve the health of the population, patient and family experience, and life of health care providers and staff as we work in parallel to reduce health care's per capita cost. The integration of physicians into the co-management of departments and programs has evolved from the traditional model of having physician medical directors – selected from both independent practice and employed groups – contracted to provide the hospital with clinical leadership in a vertically siloed departmental model for managing operations and governance.

Cardiology Magazine, Sept. 2018

Cardiovascular Management Section | The September Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

September 21, 2018

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

The September 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

ACC.19 Update

ACC Members, ACC.19 Registration is Now Open!

September 12, 2018

ACC20WCC

ACC.19 registration is NOW OPEN exclusively for ACC members. Nonmember registration will open Wednesday, Sept. 26. Register early for the lowest rates and best selection of hotel rooms!

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Team-Based Compensation in a Value World

August 22, 2018   |   Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, FACC

Feature Article

There is nothing that strikes fear in an administrator’s heart more than their dyad partner saying, "Let’s add a compensation model review for our next group meeting!" Whether you work in a hospital-employed setting, academia, or private practice, an equitable and sustainable compensation plan is paramount to a successful work environment.

Cardiology Magazine August 2018

Cardiovascular Management Section | The August Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

August 16, 2018

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

The August 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

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Don't MIPS Out With Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI

August 7, 2018

Quick Reads and Recommendations

ACC’s Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI quality campaign is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a high-weight Improvement Activity under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Under MIPS, clinicians must complete up to four Improvement Activities for a minimum of 90 days. CMS has assigned high or medium “weights” to Improvement Activities, allowing clinicians the option of completing two high-weight, four medium-weight, or a combo of one high-weight and two medium-weight activities to receive MIPS credit. READ MORE...

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CMS Delays Due Dates For BPCI Advanced Participation, Will Allow Participants to Withdraw in March

July 13, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the deadline for submitting signed participation agreements and selecting clinical episodes for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model has been extended to Aug. 8. Additionally, CMS announced that the agency will allow BPCI Advanced participants to retroactively withdraw all or some episode initiators and clinical episodes from the model in March 2019.

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What Patient Centric Care Really Means

July 10, 2018

Drive nearly any major highway in America and you are bound to see multiple health care-related billboards. Many of these billboards will have a theme told through the lens of a patient and tout the organization's personalized, patient centric approach. A health care provider who delivers care in a tailored and personal manner is seen as such a strategic differentiator that it becomes worthy of a billboard. In a way, these ads are an unfortunate indictment on the way care is more commonly provided across our country, which tends to be fractured and disconnected, with efficiency focused on the providers and not on the patient.

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The Origin of Fee-For-Service

July 10, 2018

The U.S. is first among all industrialized nations by to have one of the most high-tech and advanced care repertoire for cardiovascular disease in the world. A significant amount of money has been and continues to be invested in research and development for advances in cardiovascular care. As a result, the U.S. has experienced a considerable degree of success in reducing the mortality rates for coronary artery disease, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and arrhythmia disorders.

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC, Receives HFSA Lifetime Achievement Award

June 14, 2018

Marvin A. Konstam, MD, FACC, has been selected to receive the Heart Failure Society of America’s (HFSA) 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, which acknowledges a lifetime body of work by an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of heart failure. Konstam will be presented the award at HFSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting this September.

Webinar Related

Sign Up Now For the Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI Webinar

June 12, 2018

The ACC will hold a third free webinar on Wednesday, June 20, at 12 p.m. ET, to discuss success stories and strategies learned during the initial Patient Navigator Program, leading to the second phase of the program, Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI.

Member Benefits

How to Code and Bill For Cardio-Oncology

May 17, 2018

Health care in the U.S. has dominated the social, political and financial arena in the past decade, and the overall health of the population lags far behind other countries that spend much less. In this expert analysis, Anita Arnold, DO, FACC; Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN; and Debra Mariani, discuss why providers need to understand how their data are reported and coded and where they can look to see gaps in documentation.

Member Benefits

Fresh Perspective on Physician Well-Being, Burnout

May 17, 2018

Considerable amount of discussion focusing on the problem of physician burnout has been taking place nationally. The high prevalence and intensity of reported burnout in health professionals are of major concern to leaders in the health care field.

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC

The Quadruple Aim

April 26, 2018   |   Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC

Feature Article

Over the last decade, health care has seen a shift in the way providing care is addressed. Changes in regulations, patient access to information and technological advances have led to an increased focus on patient experience.

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Recap of the 2018 Cardiovascular Summit

April 5, 2018

We currently face a rapidly evolving environment that poses unique challenges to the provision of cardiovascular care. Resilience in this time of rapid change is necessary and requires a full spectrum of clinical, business, quality, operational and leadership knowledge, along with the requisite skills to achieve organizational excellence. The ACC Cardiovascular Summit – Contemporary Strategies for Quality Improvement, Operational Excellence, Finance and Leadership was held in Las Vegas, Feb. 22 – 24, 2018.

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ACC Releases Alternative Payment Model Framework on ACC.org

March 22, 2018

The continued shift toward a value-focused health system is driving more clinicians toward participation in alternative payment models (APMs), but knowing how and when to participate in an APM can pose significant challenges. ACC's newly launched APM Framework is the College's answer for members navigating the APM landscape.

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Hear From the Experts on the Hottest Trials From AHA 2017

November 22, 2017

In the latest ACC Cardiology Hour, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, is joined by Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC; Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC; Prediman K. Shah, MD, MACC; and Chadwick W. Stouffer, MD, in a roundtable discussion of the hottest trials from AHA 2017 in Anaheim, CA. Among the trials discussed are DACAB, CANVAS, EXSCEL, POISE-2 and more.

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Apply for ACC’s Membership Committee by Sept. 22

September 12, 2017

In conjunction with the ACC Committee Nominations cycle, the College’s Membership Committee is now accepting applications through Sept. 22. The Membership Committee was established as part of the 2015 College’s governance transformation and serves as standing committee of the College, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.

Cardiology August 2017

The August 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

August 21, 2017

The August 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Cardiology Magazine, July 2017

The July 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

July 20, 2017

The July 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Meetings

Call For Applications: Annual Scientific Session Vice Chair

July 20, 2017

The ACC is seeking qualified candidates to serve as vice chair of the Annual Scientific Session for a two-year term of office for ACC.19 and ACC.20, moving on to assume another two-year term as chair of ACC.21 and ACC.22.

Cardiology

The June 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

June 27, 2017

The June 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

ACC.17

This Saturday: All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17

March 14, 2017

Attending ACC.17? Join us for the All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17! The event happening THIS Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis will give you a chance to learn more about what ACC's 19+ Member Sections are working to accomplish and to connect with members in your specialty or interest areas.

Meetings

Plan Your ACC.17 Itinerary

March 9, 2017

ACC's 66th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17) in Washington, DC, is only two weeks away! Plan your meeting with the online Program Planner or download the ACC.17 App to your phone or tablet. Don't miss the session, "How to Redesign a Care Delivery Team in Preparation for MACRA and MIPS," on March 17 from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Meetings

Highlights From CV Summit

March 9, 2017

ACC's 2017 Cardiovascular Summit brought together cardiovascular professionals, business practices and leadership from across the U.S. to discuss how best to achieve operational excellence, ensure cost efficiency and improve patient outcomes during a time of rapid and continual change in the health care system. Two recent Perspectives on ACC.org highlight the most important points from the meeting, including the ins and outs of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and how to use data for quality reporting.

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Get Leadership Training at the Summit

December 20, 2016

Join the experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership as they provide you with an educational experience that leads to operational excellence, cost efficiency and leadership training at the Cardiovascular Summit & Leadership Forum, January 26 – 28, 2017. 

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Upcoming Webinars: MACRA and Bundles, and More

December 20, 2016

Join Cathie Biga, RN, MSN, and Dipti Ichhaporia, MD, FACC, for a webinar on Jan. 12, 2017, at noon ET on the “state of the state” for Quality Payment Programs (QPP), aka MACRA. 

Cardiology Magazine

Disruptive Solutions For CV Management

July 5, 2016

The Spring issue of Cardiology magazine takes a look at the highlights of the 2016 CV Summit, where members of the cardiovascular management team had the opportunity to learn about upcoming changes to the payment landscape and more. “Clinicians are continuously working to provide high-quality, patient-centered, cost-efficient care to their patients...

Member Benefits

CV Administrator Webinars on MIPS and QRUR

April 28, 2016

Join the Cardiovascular Administrator Workgroup in a webinar on "MIPS and Physician Value Programs" on May 12 from 1 – 2 p.m. ET. The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will affect clinician payments starting in 2019, but reporting requirements will begin as early as 2017.

Meetings

Gearing Up For ACC.16

February 29, 2016

Take advantage of all that ACC's 65th Annual Scientific Session has to offer Cardiovascular Administrators, including the Practice Management track. Learn more about "Piecing Together the MACRA Puzzle," new payment models, and the move from volume to value across cardiovascular care.

Meetings

Need Effective Leadership For Your Service Line?

December 10, 2015

Find the answers you need to build effective leadership for your service line at the Cardiovascular Summit, February 18 – 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. You will receive the strategies and skills you need to achieve operational excellence and financial success while improving high-quality, patient centered, cost efficient care.

Best of ACC.org

Best of ACC.org: Behind the Scenes: CV Service Line Administrators

December 3, 2015

As cardiovascular practitioners are diagnosing and treating patients, developing research projects and educating budding professionals, cardiovascular service line administrators are hard at work behind the scenes, improving their facility and ensuring the best possible patient care across the organization. Rich Lundy, MBA, and Kay Stewart-Huey, both members of the CV Management Section’s Leadership Council, share what goes into to making a health care facility run.

Member Benefits

How Will the 2016 Proposed Rules Impact Cardiology?

August 17, 2015

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule and the proposed 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rule. Since then, ACC Advocacy staff members have carefully reviewed both rules and have developed detailed summaries highlighting those provisions that will have the greatest impact on cardiology practices.

Webinar Related

Webinar: Team-Based Care and Transformation of Care

August 17, 2015

As we embark on value-based payment models, population health and disease management programs, team-based care will be an important shift in our delivery model. Team-based care requires a challenging transformation from the traditional doctor-with-helpers model to a new model in which all team members share responsibility to care for the team's patient population.

Awards Programs

Cardiovascular Administrator Travel Awards to the Legislative Conference

June 30, 2015

The ACC has made a select number of travel awards available to cover expenses for CV Administrator members to travel to the 2015 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The award provides funding for airfare, lodging and other expenses to and from the Conference held October 18-20, 2015.

ACC.org Clinical Topic Collections

ACC.org Clinical Topic Collections Offer the Latest Updates Tailored to Your Interests

June 30, 2015

Did you know there are 20 Clinical Topic Collections on ACC.org, with editorial boards creating content every week? In each Clinical Topic Collection, you can find the latest news, guidelines, JACC articles, education, expert commentary, and more. For example, the latest updates in the Cardiac Surgery Clinical Topic Collection include expert analyses on the present and future of heart transplantation, describing the team approach to treating these patients, and transcatheter closure of an aortic pseudoaneurysm, which gives insight into how this rare complication was treated in a patient.

ACC Member Publications

Latest Issue of Cardiology Focuses on Big Data

May 26, 2015

The cover story in a recent issue of Cardiology magazine provides an in-depth look at big data and its implications on the future of medicine. It also features an article about the CardioEncounters program, a new approach to patient-clinician interactions, and includes an exclusive interview with the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco Robert Califf, MD, MACC.

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC

Striving to Improve Quality Cardiovascular Care

February 12, 2015

An article published recently in U.S. News and World Report asked the question, “Are Doctors Exposing Heart Patients to Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures?” The article strongly implies that many doctors who are preforming unnecessary procedures are doing so in order to “reap the benefits in Medicare payments.”

Pediatric Cardiology

Insurance and Pediatric Cardiology in the News

November 28, 2014

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the American Journal of Public Health evaluated the impact of health insurance on the survival of infants with congenital heart defects (CHDs). A major finding was that, compared to privately-insured babies, uninsured or underinsured newborns with CHDs experienced a two to three fold increase in mortality in the first 28 days of life.

Member Benefits

Medicare Payment Preview

November 28, 2014

A recent ACC webinar provided a closer look at the potential payment impacts associated with the proposed 2015 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient rules. Of note, the Fee Schedule calls for an across-the-board cut of 20.9 percent starting in April 2015 as a result of the legally mandated Sustainable Growth Rate. Hospitals will receive a 2.1 percent increase in payment for outpatient services.