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Overarching ACC News/Publications

JACC Editor’s Page: New JACC Content Avenues
In a recent Editor’s Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, introduces four new features that readers will find in JACC in 2017 – Cardiovascular Medicine & Society, Clinical Insight Series, A Test in Context and Technology Corner. In addition to these new features, JACC will continue to collect review articles focused around specific disease states under the title of Focus Seminar, a section that was launched in November. Most of these articles will be solicited by the editors from experts in their respective fields. “In my role as editor, I work to serve to improve your holistic understanding of cardiovascular medicine through the content we publish,” Fuster writes. Read more.

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions and JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging Name New Editors-in-Chief
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. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions covers the entire field of interventional cardiovascular medicine and is ranked among the top ten cardiovascular journals for its scientific impact. The first issue under Moliterno’s editorship will publish in July 2017. Additionally, the ACC has named Y.S. Chandrashekhar, MD, DM, FACC, as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. He replaces Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, MACC, who has served as editor-in-chief since the journal first launched in 2008. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging publishes research articles on current and future clinical applications of noninvasive and invasive imaging techniques and is ranked among the top ten cardiovascular journals for its scientific impact. It is also rated as the best imaging journal across all radiology and specialty journals. Chandrashekhar’s term will begin with the July 2017 print issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Read more on ACC.org.

Third Professional Life Survey Shows Changes in CV Workforce
Differences in career experiences between female and male cardiologists have lessened over the past 20 years; however, personal life choices and levels of discrimination continue to diverge significantly, according to a Council Perspective from ACC’s Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section published Dec. 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The third decennial Professional Life Survey, conducted by the Leadership Council of the WIC Section, found that career satisfaction remains high for both female and male cardiologists, and cardiologists are satisfied with profession overall, but sex-based career discrepancies remain. “With the third iteration of the Professional Life Survey, we now have data that provide us with 20 years of longitudinal information on the personal and professional lives of U.S. cardiologists – the largest study of its kind,” reflected Claire Duvernoy, MD, FACC, chair of the WIC Section and senior author of the study. Read more on ACC.org.

CardioSource WorldNews Reflects on the Great Debates of 2016
The cover story of a recent issue of CardioSource WorldNews investigates the “Great Debates” of 2016 that were discussed at this summer’s ESC meeting including SPRINT, thromboembolic prevention after TAVR, and stress testing for intermediate-risk stable CAD. This month’s Straight Talk examines the challenges patients face when seeking treatment for high LDL. The Health Tech column explains how Google can be used for Health Care, while Clinical Innovators discusses disparities in care. See the full issue at ACC.org/CSWN.

CardioSource WorldNews Interventions Explores the Challenges of PAD and CLI
The cover story of a recent issue of CardioSource WorldNews: Interventions examines the challenges of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI). This month’s Peripheral Matters discusses the updated ACC/AHA guidelines for lower-extremity PAD, while the NCDR Update reports on two studies presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting that used data from the STS/ACC TVT Registry. The issue’s ACCEL column asks if the debate between bivalirudin and heparin is over. See the full issue at ACC.org/CSWNI.

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging Call For Papers: Coronary Artery Calcification in CV Imaging
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging is calling for papers focused on coronary artery calcification (CAC) in cardiovascular imaging to highlight recent advances in the biology and imaging of CAC. The journal’s editors are seeking manuscripts pertaining to CAC progression; mechanisms and significance of environmental effects on CAC; CAC randomized clinical trials; CAC in noncoronary inflammatory diseases; CAC cost effectiveness; and CAC density and volume. Accepted papers will be published in a special themed print issue in June 2017. Interested authors should submit their papers online at JACC Submit-Imaging.org by Feb. 28. On the submissions page, please select “CAC in Imaging” from the “Special Issues” pull-down menu. For questions or general inquiries, email jaccimg@acc.org.

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Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Releases Final Rule Detailing Bundled Payment Models For Cardiac Services
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 the final rule for Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model on Dec. 20 that finalize bundled payment models for certain cardiac conditions and procedures in select geographic areas. The final regulation introduces a new cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) model and a pathway that helps physicians who are heavily involved in bundled payment models to qualify for incentives as part of the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) track beginning in performance year 2019, as part of the downside risk parameters under the Quality Payment Program (QPP), part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The final rule also creates new mandatory EPMs for the Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Model and the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Model. "As we move from volume-based care to value-based care, this new path for cardiologists to participate in Advanced APMs under MACRA’s QPP is a challenging step,” said ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC. "It is our sincere hope that the end result will be opportunities for coordinated care and improvement in quality, while also decreasing costs for patients with heart attack or who undergo bypass surgery.” Read more on ACC.org.

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Top Science and Quality News

10 Measures Released For Preventing SCD
A new report released by the ACC and the American Heart Association presents 10 quality and performance measures that are intended to help stakeholders – including health systems, legislative bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as health care practitioners, patients, families and communities – in the effort to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD). The joint report was published Dec. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “This is the first comprehensive measure set in the area of SCD prevention,” said Sana Al-Khatib, MD, FACC, co-chair of the writing committee. “Our vision is that these measures will be developed, tested, and implemented in clinical practice and that implementation will improve patient care and outcomes.” Read more on ACC.org.

Societies Release New AUC For Coronary Revascularization For ACS
The ACC, along with several partnering organizations, released updated appropriate use criteria (AUC) for performing coronary revascularization in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The document was published Dec. 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The AUC includes clinical scenarios developed to mimic patient presentations that may be encountered in everyday practice and information on symptom status, presence of clinical instability or ongoing ischemic symptoms, prior reperfusion therapy, risk level as assessed by noninvasive testing, fractional flow reserve testing, and coronary anatomy. “The primary objective of the AUC is to provide a framework for the assessment of practice patterns that will hopefully improve physician decision making and ultimately lead to better patient outcomes,” said Manesh R. Patel, MD, FACC, chair of the writing committee. Read more on ACC.org.

New Guidance Issued For Nonvalvular AFib Patients Taking Anticoagulants
A new decision pathway for the management of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are taking anticoagulants and need surgery was published Jan. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The document provides guidance to physicians on the overall decision to keep a patient chronically on an anticoagulant by examining whether anticoagulation is warranted based on overall thrombotic risk; the decision to take the patient off an anticoagulant temporarily; how to temporarily stop the use of vitamin K antagonists and direct-acting oral anticoagulants; if “bridging” a patient before, during and after surgery is the best choice; and more. “With this new decision pathway, physicians will be able to make better-informed decisions, and this will contribute to improved patient outcomes,” said John U. Doherty, MD, FACC, chair of the writing committee. Read more on ACC.org.

New Guidance Released For TAVR
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. The 2017 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in the Management of Adults with Aortic Stenosis builds on recommendations set forth in the 2014 AHA/ACC Guidelines for Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease, and was published Jan. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In order to develop practice tools that could readily help centers improve their TAVR processes, patient safety and outcomes, the writing committee developed checklists that serve as a starting point for managing patients who are being considered for TAVR. The document also takes clinicians through the steps that are needed to successfully perform the procedure, including what imaging tests are needed and how to ensure continuity of care when patients transition back to their treating physicians. Read more on ACC.org.

NCDR Report Highlights National Trends For Common CV Procedures
Clinical data registry programs like ACC’s NCDR “provide unique opportunities to advance the understanding of the clinical characteristics, care and outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease,” according to a report recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). The report provides insights based on 2014 data into the patient populations, participating centers and patterns of care from four of the 10 NCDR registry programs – CathPCI Registry, ICD Registry, ACTION Registry-GWTG and IMPACT Registry. These registry programs focus on percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation, acute coronary treatment and outcomes and pediatric and adult congenital heart disease. “NCDR data provide a unique, clinically rich national perspective on the care and outcomes of high-impact cardiovascular conditions and procedures that are not available elsewhere,” said Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC, chair of the NCDR Management Board, et al., in a corresponding Executive Summary also published in JACC. Read more on ACC.org.

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Top Membership News

Save the Date: All-Section Meeting and Reception at ACC.17
Mark your calendars to join ACC’s 19+ Member Sections on Saturday, March 18 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC during the ACC Annual Scientific Session for networking, refreshments and to learn more about how ACC’s Sections are moving ACC forward. The meeting will feature a short presentation and be followed by a celebratory reception designed to help you find and network with members in your specialty or interest areas. Submit your RSVP and look out for more information in your inbox.

Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at ACC.org/MyProfile.

For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections? Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.

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Top Education News

Rise to the Challenge at ACC.17
Join the world’s leading cardiovascular professionals in Washington, DC for 3 full days of innovative education, ground-breaking science and interactive debates and discussion. ACC.17 contains 11 Learning Pathways which covers the spectrum of cardiology and includes a plethora of information on every topic regardless of your specialty area. Plus, new this year, over 300 sessions will offer Dual CME/MOC Points allowing you to quickly and easily meet ABIM's MOC requirements. Advance registration ends Feb. 8! Register now and SAVE up to $300!

ACC International Regional Conference Program Expands to Include Asia Pacific
Building on the 2016 success of pilot conferences in Latin America and the Middle East, the College will expand the International Regional Conference Program to include an Asia Pacific conference, held Dec. 1 – 3, 2017, in Shanghai, China. The 2017 program will also include innovative educational conferences in Mexico City, Mexico, held June 22 – 24, and Dubai, UAE, held Oct. 19 – 21. “The ACC’s international mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease worldwide. In order to achieve that mission, we need to reach people in the regions where they live and practice,” said Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, ACC president. “Embodying that mission is the primary purpose of the regional conference program, and we are honored to learn from our partners around the world who make these meetings a success.” Read more on ACC.org.

Don’t Miss the Inaugural Cardio-Oncology Course
Get clinically relevant, state-of-the-art, best practice strategies in the assessment, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular concerns for patients with cancer at Advancing Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient, February 17 – 18, 2017. Join your colleagues and meet the experts in Washington, DC to receive case-based education and hands-on learning on the cardiovascular care of the oncology patient prior to, during and after cancer therapy.

Discover ACC’s New ACCSAP 9
ACC’s Adult Clinical Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (ACCSAP 9) has been rebuilt from the ground up, by cardiologists for cardiologists. This brand new and improved version includes information in text, audio and video format, supplemented with hundreds of case-based questions for use to create custom quizzes and simulate Board exams. Additionally, a new mobile app facilitates on-the-go learning with via phone or tablet, with or without an internet connection. Use ACCSAP 9 to identify knowledge gaps, reinforce existing knowledge, learn new information applicable in clinical practice, and more. Learn more at ACC.org/ACCSAP9.

Improve Your ECG Interpretation Skills With ECG Drill & Practice
The ACC recently launched a new ECG Drill & Practice tool for those preparing for initial Board certification in cardiovascular disease or just looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. The product provides an opportunity for users to learn about identification of ECG abnormalities, practice what they just learned using flash card technology as well as challenge their ECG interpretation skills. The ECG Drill & Practice product incorporates the self-assessment ECG test, featuring format and answer options similar to those of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. Visit ACC.org/ECGDrillandPractice to learn more.

Subscribe to JACC Journals and Stay on Top of the World’s Most Cited CV Content
JACC Journals are consistently ranked among the most cited cardiovascular journals in the world. The growing family of JACC Journals provides the latest research and clinical practice updates in all aspects of cardiovascular disease, imaging, cardiovascular interventions, heart failure, clinical electrophysiology and basic translational research. Visit OnlineJACC.org to browse current issues of every JACC Journal, read online before print articles, sign up for eTable of Contents, see summary illustrations and access editor-in-chief audio summaries. ACC members can access full journal content for free online and through the JACC Journals App – and members practicing in the U.S. can receive JACC Journals in print for free.

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Digital ACC Resources

DAPT Risk Calculator App Now Available
The ACC recently launched the DAPT Risk Calculator App to provide decision support for clinicians evaluating the DAPT therapy for patients and the risks/benefits of continuing or discontinuing DAPT. The App provides a DAPT Risk Score as a numerical value between -2 and +9, where higher DAPT scores suggest that the benefit/risk ratio with prolonged DAPT may be favorable. Conversely, lower DAPT scores suggest that the benefit/risk ratio with prolonged DAPT is NOT favorable. The App also calculates the percentage of risk for: myocardial infraction (MI), stent thrombosis, major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE), and bleeding. Download the app and find out more about ACC’s clinical apps at ACC.org/Apps.

Listen to JACC Journals on the Go
Stay up-to-date on the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology with JACC Journals Audio Summaries. JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Editor-in-Chief David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, provide informative overviews of each issue, as well as in-depth commentary on the studies featured in their respective JACC Journals. Busy clinicians can easily download the summaries and listen on the go at ACC.org/JACC or by searching “JACC Podcasts” in the iTunes store or through Android’s Player FM.

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 profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). 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.org/ACCinTouch.

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on ACC.org? As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an ACC.org log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you once you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or resource@acc.org.

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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