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Should There be a Hybrid Training Model For SHD?
February 13, 2018

Adopting a hybrid attending-fellow-in-training (AFIT) training model may offer a solution to funding an additional year of training for structural heart disease (SHD) trainees, while also allowing them to act as part-time interventional cardiology attendings, according to a Fellows in Training/Early Career column published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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CMS Announces New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model
January 31, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), through its Innovation Center, released a new voluntary bundled payment model on Jan. 9 called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). This model is intended to build on the lessons from the current Bundled Payments for Care Improvement model that will conclude later this year.

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In Case You Missed It: Webinar on Building a Complex Coronary Interventional Program
January 29, 2018

On Dec. 12, the ACC Interventional Member Council provided an overview of the institutional requirements and desired physician skill sets necessary to build a complex coronary intervention program. They also discussed potential patient populations, referral sources and potential reimbursement related to this program.

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Expert Analyses: Important Topics in Interventional Cardiology
January 29, 2018

Two recently published expert analyses on ACC.org discuss various perspectives on the latest topics in interventional cardiology. In the first expert analysis, George W. Vetrovec, MD, MACC, reviews significant findings that were announced at the 2017 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Meeting and the 2017 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. He focuses on the comments of experts who discuss their views on the relevance, significance and even limits of the trials, including opportunities for future investigations.

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New MOC Changes Involve Part IV Requirements, Knowledge Check-In
December 4, 2017

Based on continued feedback from the internal medicine community, including physicians and societies like the ACC, the American Board of Internal Medicine has announced two updates to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements involving MOC Part IV and the new Knowledge Check-In option

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Hear From the Experts on the Hottest Trials From AHA 2017
November 26, 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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New Guidelines Focus on Ventricular Arrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention
November 2, 2017

The ACC, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, have published new guidelines for the treatment of adult patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death. The new guidelines replace the 2006 ACC/AHA/SC Guidelines for Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death and provide recommendations regarding general evaluation of patients with documented or suspected VA; treatments, therapies and prevention of VA; acute management of specific VA; and VA in the structurally normal heart.

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Complete RUC Surveys to Help ACC
October 20, 2017

Surveys assessing the physician work necessary to perform (1) leadless pacemaker implantation and explantation, (2) pulmonary wireless monitor implantation and management and (3) pediatric thermodilution studies are being distributed to members throughout the month of October. If you are randomly selected and receive a survey, please take 15 – 30 minutes to thoughtfully complete it. Annual updates to the physician work relative values are based on recommendations from the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC).

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ACC, HRS, HFSA and SCAI Partner to Expand Maintenance of Certification Offerings
October 20, 2017

The ACC, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) have announced a partnership to develop new modules to help subspecialty cardiologists potentially meet collaborative maintenance pathway requirements equivalent to satisfying the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) current 10-year maintenance of certification (MOC) examination.

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ACC Seeks Comments on PVI Registry Version 2.0 Upgrade
September 13, 2017

The ACC is accepting public comments on the PVI Registry Version 2.0 upgrade. Physician leaders and other registry stakeholders recommended upgrading the registry with a phased approach for additional interventional procedures.

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Apply for ACC’s Membership Committee by Sept. 22
September 13, 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.

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Internal Medicine Organizations to Explore New Options For Physicians Maintaining Board Certification
September 12, 2017

The ACC, American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are working with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to begin exploring development of collaborative maintenance pathways through which physicians can maintain board certification. For cardiology, the ACC would provide clinicians with learning material and assessments modeled after its lifelong learning self-assessment program.

David L. Fischman, MD, FACC, and Michael P. Savage, MD, FACC
Advancing Medicine in 140 Characters or Fewer
September 11, 2017

On the eve of Election Day 2016, Twitter was determined to be the largest source of breaking news with a reported 40 million tweets. Donald Trump's fondness for Twitter was evident throughout his presidential campaign and the election may have inadvertently given spark to a form of social media that was stagnant for several years and on the verge of collapse. Twitter was created in 2006 as an online news and social networking service. It was the brainchild of four computer programmers who wanted a new way to send texts on their cellphones. Despite what preconceived notion there may be about Twitter, it is not just a way to tell your friends what you ate for lunch. It has evolved into a powerful communication tool with great potential for medical applications.

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ACC Holds AUC Summit
September 1, 2017

The ACC held an appropriate use criteria (AUC) summit on Aug. 9 at Heart House in Washington, DC. The summit provided an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' forthcoming AUC program, with discussion among participants about where the program is headed and how the AUC community, including the ACC, can help.

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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!

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Look For ABIM Survey on MOC Procedural Requirements For Interventional Cardiology
July 25, 2017

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is seeking your help to learn about the volume and characteristics of PCI and related procedures currently being performed by interventional cardiologists. ABIM’s Cardiovascular Specialty Board is considering modifying the procedural requirement for MOC and is conducting a brief, 10-minute online survey to help inform its decisions.

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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!

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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.

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NCDR Clinical Quality Coach App Now Available
July 6, 2017

The ACC has recently launched the NCDR Clinical Quality Coach app to provide physicians with a convenient mobile solution for documenting and tracking clinical practice improvement activities. Leveraging NCDR data, physicians are able to access and track quality performance metrics and use data to inform quality improvement efforts.

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Download the New CathPCI Bleeding Risk Calculator App
June 30, 2017

The ACC recently launched the CathPCI Bleeding Risk Calculator App to help clinicians assess the individualized patient risk of experiencing a bleeding event associated with a PCI procedure. The app allows clinicians to compare individual patient risk with the national average based on data from the CathPCI Registry.

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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!

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Bundled Payments: Considerations for the Interventional Cardiologist
June 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a notice of intent to create a bundled payment for high quality coordinated services across an episode of cardiac care in July 2016. The notice identified as its target population, those patients admitted with a “heart attack” or bypass surgery.

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ACC’s New Self-Assessment Program CathSAP 5 is Now Available
June 19, 2017

CathSAP 5 – ACC’s brand new self-assessment program – is now available and has everything needed to perfect knowledge of interventional cardiology. With an organizational structure that aligns directly with the American Board of Internal Medicine exam blueprint, the self-assessment program is also a great study tool to prepare for the Boards.

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Submit Comments on Draft Practice Guidelines For Procedural Moderate Sedation and Analgesia
April 25, 2017

The American Society of Anesthesiologists, in collaboration with the ACC, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Radiology, American Dental Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, is seeking comments on their early draft of the Practice Guidelines for Procedural Moderate Sedation and Analgesia.

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ACC Seeks Comments on Management of Bleeding in Patients on Oral Anticoagulation Document
April 25, 2017

The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the 2017 Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Management of Bleeding in Patients on Oral Anticoagulation. This decision pathway provides guidance for clinicians regarding the management of bleeding in patients treated with oral anticoagulants (both vitamin K antagonists and direct oral anticoagulants).

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ACC Launches Prior Authorization Reporting Tool
March 28, 2017

The ACC Prior Authorization Reporting (PAR) Tool is now available to collect members’ data on inappropriate cardiovascular testing and procedure request denials by insurers and prior authorization vendors. The tool is open to all members and their respective staff. The PAR Tool will primarily serve as a process for the ACC to monitor and identify inconsistent denials by region, payer, prior authorization vendor and modality.

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Focused Update of the Valvular Heart Disease Guideline Released
March 28, 2017

The ACC and the American Heart Association have released a focused update of guidelines for the treatment of patients with valvular heart disease. The new guidance, which has been updated to reflect the latest research since the last guidelines were published in 2014, was published March 15 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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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.

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JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions Names New Editor-in-Chief
January 18, 2017

The ACC has named David J. Moliterno, MD, FACC, as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Moliterno replaces Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC, who has served as editor-in-chief since the journal’s launch in 2008. 

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New Guidance Released For TAVR
January 17, 2017

A new expert consensus decision pathway will assist clinicians and hospitals in assessing patients’ eligibility for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), successfully performing the procedure and providing appropriate follow-up.

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TVT Registry Annual Report Illustrates Valuable TAVR Trends and Improvements
December 21, 2016

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)/ACC Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry has revealed a number of important trends and improvements in the patient outcomes and clinical care of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients, according to the 2016 Annual Report of the STS/ACC TVT Registry published Dec. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Interventional Council Perspective on Coronary Angiography and PCI Prior to TAVR
December 21, 2016

The management of patients with coronary artery disease who are undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) should be individualized based on the patient’s overall clinical condition and anatomy, according to a council perspective from ACC’s Interventional Section Leadership Council, published Dec. 5 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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The Same Trusted JACC: CV Interventions Content With Fewer Clicks
December 21, 2016

The JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions website has been redesigned, bringing a fresh perspective to the journal’s vast content – and helping clinicians stay on top of the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology.

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New PAD Guideline Emphasizes Medical Therapy, Exercise
December 2, 2016

Joint guidelines for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which include recommendations on the use of antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of blood clots and statin drugs to lower cholesterol and advise PAD patients to participate in a structured exercise program, were published Nov. 13 by the ACC and the American Heart Association.

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NQF Comment Period: Measure #3024
October 17, 2016

As a member of the peripheral vascular community, members of the Interventional Section have an opportunity to champion Measure #3024: Carotid Endarterectomy; Evaluation of Vital Status and NIH Stroke Scale at Follow-Up. The ACC submitted Measure #3024 to the National Quality Forum (NQF) during the Consensus Development Process...

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ACC Seeks Successor Editor in Chief For JACC: CV Interventions
October 17, 2016

ACC’s Publications Committee is now accepting applications for editor in chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions to begin a five-year term in January 2017. The first issue under the new leadership will publish in July 2017. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions is among the most prominent titles in cardiology...

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Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions Takes a Valve Tour
September 15, 2016

The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions takes readers on a tour around the heart, stopping at all four valves to highlight new findings. In the issue’s Editor’s Corner, Peter C. Block, MD, FACC debates the use of the transradial or transfemoral approach to catheterization.

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CMS Proposes Bundled Payment Models For Cardiac Services
August 22, 2016

In an attempt to encourage coordinated care, improve the quality of care and decrease costs for heart attack patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that introduces bundled payment models for cardiac services. HHS also proposed a new cardiac rehabilitation model and a pathway...

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MACRA: A New Era of Medicare Payment
August 22, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly referred to as MACRA, replaces an outdated Medicare payment system, setting into motion two pathways in which clinicians will participate in order to receive Medicare payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

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Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention Poll
August 8, 2016

A new poll on the Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention Clinical Topic Collection asks members to indicate the current use, if any, of bare-metal stents today given the improving stent technology and reported outcomes of second generation and new platform drug-eluting stents and bioresorbable vascular scaffold stent technology.

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Register For the Most Cutting-Edge Interventional Education
August 8, 2016

Join the ACC and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) in Amelia Island, FL on August 26 – 28 at the ACC/SCAI Premier Interventional Cardiology Overview and Board Preparatory Course and receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based review of interventional cardiology available.

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ACC Submits Comments to CMS on Proposed MACRA Structure
July 5, 2016

The ACC has submitted extensive comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed regulations to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) based on the feedback of key member groups. The MACRA legislation repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which focused on fee-for-service payment, where higher performing physicians had no ability to earn more for outcomes....

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Expert Journal Club Faculty Discussion of the PARTNER 2 Trial
June 20, 2016

The May ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. Click here to view slides and hear experts discuss “PARTNER 2: Transcatheter or Surgical Aortic-Valve Replacement in Intermediate-Risk Patients,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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JACC Retains Ranking as #1 CV Journal in the World
June 20, 2016

For the third year in a row, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) ranked as the #1 cardiovascular journal in the world. According to the 2015 Impact Factors for Journals, JACC holds the top position among all 124 cardiovascular journals in scientific impact with its highest impact factor ever of 17.759, up from 16.503 in 2014.

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Interventional Council Publishes Algorithm For MCS Decision-Making
May 18, 2016

Members of ACC’s Interventional Section Leadership Council have created an algorithm to guide interventional cardiologists in clinical decision-making related to mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with high-risk features or cardiogenic shock.

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Should PCI Outcomes For Cardiac Arrest or Cardiogenic Shock be Publically Reported?
March 30, 2016

Public reporting of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) outcomes in patients with cardiac arrest or cardiogenic shock may be unfair to interventionalists and may lead to worse outcomes, according to a council perspective on behalf of ACC’s Interventional Council and ACC’s Board of Governors published March 7 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Clinical Perspective – Early Feasibility Device Medical Studies in the US
March 30, 2016

In a recent Editor’s Page, published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, MACC, past-president of the ACC, Robert Califf, MD, MACC, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), et al., discuss early feasibility device medical studies in the U.S.

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Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines Innovation in Health Care
February 29, 2016

The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines innovation in health care, and in his Editor’s Corner, Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses how innovative technology, including wearable devices and other sensors, will continue to improve patient care.

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Updates to the Invasive CV Angiography and Intervention Clinical Topic Collection
December 14, 2015

In a recent Expert Analysis, Aeshita Dwivedi, MD, Christopher James Huffman, MD, and Binita Shah, MD, FACC, comment on the 2015 ACC/AHA/SCAI Focused Update on Primary PCI for Patients With STEMI. They note that “this update is necessary and an excellent resource. However, it is also important to critically analyze these recommendations so that health care providers can use them appropriately in individualized patient care.” Read more >>>

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CABG or PCI For Nondiabetics With Multivessel CAD and SIHD?
December 14, 2015

There is continued debate whether coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) should be the preferred treatment for nondiabetic patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). A paper published Nov. 16 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions looks at both sides of the debate. Read more on ACC.org.

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PVD Condition Center Now Live on CardioSmart.org
December 14, 2015

ACC’s patient resource website, CardioSmart.org, has launched a new condition center on peripheral vascular disease (PVD), aimed at helping patients understand their condition and providing them with the resources they need to maintain their heart health. Clinicians are encouraged to direct their patients to the condition center for information such as a patient-focused overview of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), questions to ask physicians, and related fact sheets on PAD and walking for exercise.

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FDA Approves Bioabsorbable Polymer Drug-Eluting Stent
October 23, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Oct. 5 Boston Scientific’s Synergy bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stent, the first device of its kind to receive approval. The stent limits long-term polymer exposure by absorbing the abluminal bioabsorbable drug after three months when the drug elution is complete.

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ACC Public Reporting Opportunity Now Available for CathPCI Registry and ICD Registry Hospitals
October 19, 2015

All hospitals participating in the NCDR’s CathPCI Registry and/or ICD Registry now have the opportunity to review and voluntarily report their results on several registry-specific measures. Hospitals that choose to participate in this effort will have their rating posted on CardioSmart.org, ACC’s patient education and empowerment initiative starting in late October or early November.

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Best of ACC.org: Two Generations of Women in Cardiology
September 30, 2015

As the number of women entering the medical field continues to increase, it’s difficult to overlook the fact that this surge in female physicians does not extend to cardiology. There has been a plateau due to concerns over work-life balance and a fellowship that has little room for flexibility.

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ACC Council Addresses Cardiac Arrest in Non-STEMI Patients
July 7, 2015

A new algorithm may be a way to identify proper treatment for resuscitated comatose patients after cardiac arrest, according to a Council Perspective published June 29 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The algorithm is one of the recommendations proposed by members of the ACC’s Interventional Member Section in response to the lack of guidelines for performing immediate angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention in patients without ST-segment elevation (non-STEMI).

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ABIM Eliminates ‘Double Jeopardy’ MOC Requirement
July 1, 2015

In response to input provided by the ACC and other cardiology specialty societies (SCAI, HRS and HFSA) around the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) new requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), the ABIM today announced it is eliminating the requirement to maintain underlying certification in a foundational discipline in order to remain certified in a subspecialty.

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Acquire the Latest Interventional Education
June 30, 2015

Register today to save for the ACC/SCAI Premier Interventional Cardiology Overview and Board Preparatory course in Amelia Island, FL from Aug. 21 – 23. You will receive the latest interventional education you need to care for your patients and achieve successful outcomes.

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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.

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Message from Dr. Ramee - Interventional Section Update
April 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that I was invited to present news from the Interventional Council and Section to the ACC Leadership earlier this week. The entire leadership team, including the CEO, Presidential Team, and leadership staff were present.