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Overarching News/Publications

Latest issue of Cardiology: Diversity and Inclusion Take Center Stage
The June issue of Cardiology is now live! This month's cover story – One Mission. One Vision. Many Voices – shines a spotlight on the ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and offers first-hand looks at some of the opportunities and challenges associated with making both the College and the profession more diverse and inclusive. Also in this issue, don't miss an update on the contemporary management of post-MI myocardial rupture; get a brief look at today's treatment for pulmonary hypertension; learn about the Trump Administration's drug pricing blueprint; and get tips for talking with patients about pregnancy and heart disease. Follow Cardiology on Twitter using #CardiologyMag. Get the full issue at

Cardiology: Interventions: Genetic Testing For Clopidogrel "Resistance"; Research from SCAI, HRS, EuroPCR
The latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions highlights key trials from SCAI, HRS and EuroPCR and provides a closer look at the potential for axillary artery access for large bore catheter interventions. Editor-in-Chief Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, also reviews what current evidence tells us about genetic testing for clopidogrel "resistance" and what may be effective strategies for prescribing P2Y12 inhibitors. Also get key points to remember about Takotsubo Syndrome from a new international consensus document and don't miss a conversation with Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, on diversity and inclusion in interventional cardiology. Get the full issue at

JACC Leadership Page: Geriatric Cardiology: Two Decades of Progress and Strategy for the Future
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC, ACC secretary and chair of the ACC Board of Governors; Mathew Maurer, MD, FACC, immediate-past chair of the ACC Geriatric Cardiology Section Leadership Council and Karen P. Alexander, MD, FACC, chair of the Council, discuss the evolution of geriatric cardiology at the College and how the Council plans to align with the goals of the upcoming strategic plan. Since becoming a member section in 2011, the Geriatric Cardiology Member Section has grown to one of the largest member sections of the College and seeks to include members from across the cardiovascular care team. The section seeks to provide a knowledge base for geriatric cardiology, collaborate with other councils and committees regarding the care of older adults, and provide a forum to share experiences relevant to the care of older patients with cardiovascular disease. "The ACC has demonstrated its commitment to address the aging demographic through support of geriatric cardiology education and training," the authors write. "This is a great time to be in geriatric cardiology." Read more.

JACC Leadership Page: Helping ACC Members Deliver Higher-Quality Care
In a Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC discusses the ACC's efforts to deliver high-quality care to patients. These efforts include appropriate use criteria, NCDR registries and formal principles to guide members and payers. In the last five years, the College has moved to focusing on development of resources as well as national quality campaigns and initiatives. Looking forward, the goal is to create a suite of tools to help members drive quality improvement in their practices. "The ACC's new vision calls for the creation of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes," Valentine writes. "Our core values, in part, call for us to hold ourselves and our profession to the highest standards of evidence and knowledge; constructively challenge the status quo through innovation; and promote a culture of continuous improvement and lifelong learning. We are no longer just a knowledge organization, but a place where individual and institutional members can find the resources and tools to drive higher quality." Read more.

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Due by July 11: 2019 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award Nominations
Encourage the next generation of physician scientists and support their work when you nominate a promising young researcher for the 2019 Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award. Established in 2005, the award recognizes early career physician scientists who have amassed an impressive body of scientific research in either the basic or clinical domains. The award recipient will be invited to present their work before the world's leading cardiovascular professionals at the Annual Scientific Sessions in New Orleans next March. Travel, housing and registration costs to attend the Scientific Sessions will be covered. The winner will also receive a monetary prize of $1,000 and will be formally recognized at the Annual Convocation Ceremony. Nominees for this distinguished award should be no more than 12 years removed from receipt of first doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution or comparable international training program. Nominees need not be ACC members at the time of nomination, nor do they need to be widely known. All nomination materials must be submitted by July 11. Learn more.

Nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Awards Now Open
Join the College in recognizing and celebrating the work being done by a group of exceptional cardiovascular professionals who are working to drive the field forward: Submit your nominations for the Distinguished Awards! We encourage you to nominate peers, colleagues and mentors for one of 12 awards that recognize achievement in areas including research, education, women's cardiovascular disease and more. Nomination materials should be submitted to the ACC by Sept. 24. View more information on the individuals awards and the nominations process.

ACC's 2019 Research and Career Development Award Submissions Now Welcome
The ACC is proud to support the next generation of cardiovascular research legends. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Research and Career Development Awards, which help to fund six FIT/Early Career researchers with $70K in funding to pursue a year of research. Applications are due by Sept, 21, 2018. Learn more and apply online.

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New Options For Making the Most of MOC, Continuing Education
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has been a hot-button issue and a top priority for the ACC since the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) changed its MOC requirements in 2014. In a recent leadership page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, former ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC, and ACC Executive Vice President William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, highlight the many ways the College has been successful in operationalizing its three MOC goals, including being a trusted source of MOC information for its members; creating and maintaining a robust selection of educational opportunities for members choosing to maintain their ABIM certification; and engaging with ABIM in efforts to change and improve the MOC process. As part of these ongoing efforts, the College has announced a plan to move forward with the creation of two variations of ACCSAP to meet the needs of members seeking an alternative to ABIM, as well as those participating in ABIM's MOC process. Learn more. Keep up with all things MOC at

Registration Now Open For NY Cardiovascular Symposium
Join world-renowned cardiologist and course director, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, as he combines stimulating topics with expert presenters to provide the latest scientific updates of 2018 to improve patient care. This year’s topics include trends and challenges in acute coronary syndromes, coronary artery disease, heart failure, prevention and more; new technologies, approaches and guidelines; a year in review: progress in 2018; and the future of medicine. The course will take place Dec. 7-9 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, NY, and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learn more and register on

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Science and Quality News

ACC Launches Chest Pain – MI Registry, Expanding Scope of Former ACTION Registry
The ACC has announced that the name of its ACTION Registry will change to Chest Pain – MI Registry, effective June 26. With the new name, the registry will continue as the nation's largest quality improvement program for patients with acute myocardial infarction and will expand to include patients with acute coronary syndromes. Beginning in fall 2018, the registry will fully support data requirements for ACC's Chest Pain Center Accreditation program. In addition, the registry's expanded scope will facilitate collaboration across multiple providers and specialists who manage care for these patients, including emergency department clinicians and emergency medical services providers. Visit to learn more.

ACC Seeks Comments on Data Standards For Transthoracic Echocardiography by July 5
The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the 2018 ACC/AHA/ASE Key Data Elements and Definitions for Transthoracic Echocardiography. The document aims to provide a standardized set of data elements and definition specific to transthoracic echocardiography. Comments are due by July 5. Access the document and public comment response form here.

New ACC HeartCARE Center Designation Will Recognize Excellence in Cardiovascular Care
The ACC has announced a new overarching accreditation program - HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence - for institutions that demonstrate excellence in cardiovascular care through participation in multiple ACC Accreditation and NCDR programs. Hospitals can achieve the designation – the highest recognition from ACC – by meeting a set of criteria that can be realized through participation in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, as well as ACC's NCDR programs and other targeted quality improvement efforts. According to Phillip Levy, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of ACC's Accreditation Management Board, the HeartCARE Center designation "is designed to shine a light on the elite group of U.S. hospitals that are going above and beyond to ensure each patient that comes through their doors has access to consistent, highest-quality cardiovascular care." Learn more at

PINNACLE Registry Celebrates 10 Years
The ACC's PINNACLE Registry is celebrating 10 years of quality improvement. As the largest outpatient registry in cardiology, the PINNACLE Registry was the first to examine physician care processes and patient outcomes in coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Since its launch in 2008, the PINNACLE Registry continues to provide real-world insight into the effect of new guidelines and drugs like novel oral anticoagulants and statins on patient care. The PINNACLE Registry also addresses the myriad of challenges facing cardiovascular practices, including the emergence of reimbursement models based on efficiency and value and the rise of new, untested business arrangements. Over the past decade, practices have used the registry to meet federal quality reporting requirements under the Physician Quality Reporting System, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program and, most recently, the Quality Payment Program. Today, the PINNACLE Registry provides a unique opportunity for cardiovascular practices to enable practice innovation and clinical excellence. Check out PINNACLE Registry tools and resources, including the newly launched PINNACLE Advance Care Planning Toolkit, which helps providers understand, integrate and document advance care planning into their routine practice. Learn more.

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Register Today For ACC's 2018 Legislative Conference!
Registration for the 2018 ACC Legislative Conference, taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, is officially open! 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. Register today to make your mark on the cardiovascular advocacy landscape.

"Do Your PART" to Improve Prior Authorization
Help improve the prior authorization process by submitting your difficult cases or inappropriate denials through ACC's PARTool. Through robust data collection, ACC members and their staff can help the College track trends and identify exhaustive administrative burdens. Submit your data at today!

ACC Releases Alternative Payment Model Framework on
The continued shift toward a value-based 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 guide for members navigating the APM landscape. The APM Framework guides members through consideration of the most critical implications of APM participation. Composed of closed-ended questions, the Framework enables individual clinicians to self-select criteria applicable to their specific practice environment to determine readiness for APM participation. Learn more about APMs and determine whether your practice is ready for participation at Share information about the APM Hub with your colleagues and chapter members through the APM Framework Leadership Communications Toolkit located on the Leadership Portal.

Download ACC's Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).

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Digital ACC Resources

ACC's Official Social Media Policy and Hashtag Guide
ACC has release its official social media policy on – along with a handy guide to ACC's official hashtags. Access both here. June Tip of the Month: Find ACC's Growing Podcast Collection in One Place
It's easy to find and listen to ACC podcasts directly through the website. By visiting the podcast homepage, you can find descriptions and links for ACCEL Lite, CardiaCast, Eagle's Eye View, JACC Podcasts and Practice Made Perfect, and listen directly from, iTunes or Google Play. Plus, once you have personalized your account by selecting your Clinical Topics, you'll start seeing podcasts and other recommended content in your personal digest emails. Learn more about personalization and see ACC's selection of podcasts at

Clinical Quality: How Do I Get Scored?
In the latest episode of the Practice Made Perfect podcast, Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, ACC vice president, and Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC, NCDR chief science officer and chair of the NCDR Management Board, discuss the various tools and programs used to measure the quality of care provided by clinicians and hospital systems. Get up to speed on federal and payer programs used for measuring clinician performance, public facing rating programs and NCDR's role in measuring and reporting. Aiming to bolster the non-clinical skills and competencies of early career providers, Practice Made Perfect features expert discussions on career and leadership development topics. Listen to this episode and previous episodes such as Coding & Documentation, Finding a Job After Fellowship and Contracts 101 at, or find them on iTunes or Google Play.

ManageAnticoag App Now Available
The ACC recently launched the ManageAnticoag App to help clinicians navigate periprocedural planning and bleed management scenarios for patients on oral anticoagulants. The app is comprised of three tools to help assess whether and how to interrupt and bridge anticoagulation, manage acute bleeds, and determine whether and how anticoagulation should be restarted. Download the app for free. A Guidance for Anticoagulation Reversal fact sheet is also available to provide clinical guidance for the administration of reversal agents, when needed, for patients on anticoagulation for any indication. Find out more at

Get Easy Access to JACC Content on Your Phone or Tablet Via the JACC Journals App
Use the JACC Journals App to access the latest research and clinical practice updates from the top-ranked family of JACC Journals. This single app puts all of your favorite content at your fingertips – and is accessible across all iOS and Android devices. The app lets you browse new issues, link to featured articles, and interact with figures, tables and multimedia content. The "My Reading List" feature allows you to save articles for offline reading; share via social media; email useful content; and much more! Download the app from the iTunes App Store or get it on Google Play today.

Stay In Touch With the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACCinTouch. ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a channel dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology), education (@ACCCardioEd), and quality (@ACCCVQuality). CardioSmart, ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC's social media channels, visit

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on As a member, you have access to this wealth of information at Questions? Contact ACC's Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or

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