ACC News Coverage from ESC 2013
NCDR® and Registry Innovation in New Issue of Cardiology Magazine
D2B Times for STEMI Have Improved, In-Hospital Mortality Rates Remain Unchanged
Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: Resources from the ACC
Inaugural Patient Engagement Summit Unites Stakeholders of Patient Centric Health Care System
Embracing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act
Fee Schedule FAQs
Connecting Kids to Coverage
IOM Report Provides Insight Into U.S. Health Care
Fuster Named Next JACC Editor-in-Chief.
ACC Member Value Column: New Lifelong Learning Approach
Upcoming Webinars, Events and More: Mark Your Calendar
New on the ACC in Touch Blog
Stay In Touch with the ACC via Social Media

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ACC News Coverage from ESC 2013
Get all the news from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Amsterdam on CardioSource.org. ACC covered the hottest trials from the Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 event and was onsite to capture daily video highlights from trial authors, presenters and experts. Also, ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC penned an ESC wrap-up Sept. 4 ACC in Touch blog post.

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NCDR® and Registry Innovation in New Issue of Cardiology Magazine
Learn how the ACC’s flagship registry – CathPCI Registry – has shaped the way for the ACC’s National Cardiovascular Data registry to lead overarching registry innovation in the cover story of the summer issue of ACC’s quarterly member magazine, Cardiology. A new physician-level dashboard takes the CathPCI Registry to the next level, along with the registry’s integration of outcomes reports and appropriate use criteria. Read more from the issue about how the NCDR’s now six additional registries are shaping quality care, as well as other hot topics and features of interest to cardiovascular professionals. The online issue is available at CardioSource.org/CardiologyMagazine.

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D2B Times for STEMI Have Improved, In-Hospital Mortality Rates Remain Unchanged
National door-to-balloon times for patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction have improved and the percentage of patients meeting the guideline recommendation of 90 minutes or less has increased, but in-hospital and short-term mortality has remained unchanged, according to a study published Sept. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more about the NCDR® study on CardioSource.org.

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Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: Resources from the ACC
Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common arrhythmia, affects more than 2.5 million Americans and is responsible for 15-20 percent of all strokes. ACC’s Anticoagulation Initiative is a comprehensive quality effort to help facilitate a greater understanding of AFib treatments and practice patterns, particularly given an increasing number of new anticoagulant treatment options entering the marketplace. The Anticoagulation Initiative is a multidisciplinary effort that addresses gaps in knowledge in order to develop processes and tools aimed at meeting guideline-recommended standards and improving quality of anticoagulation care. To access the AnticoagEvaluator Mobile App, a clinical toolkit and clinical community, visit CardioSource.org/Anticoagulation. Patients can also explore the AFib Condition Center on CardioSmart.org for information and resources, including educational videos, a medication management app, and more. Also, check out the video motion graphic! Share the news on social media with these suggested tweets:

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Inaugural Patient Engagement Summit Unites Stakeholders of Patient Centric Health Care System
Patient-centered care was in the spotlight in August as ACC members, patients and other stakeholders gathered at Heart House for the first-ever Patient Engagement Summit. This meeting brought together more than 50 professional and corporate partners for a day-long session focused around patient-centered care topics including, the evolution of patient-centered care; its relation to cardiovascular outcomes; the important role of the cardiac care team; patient engagement in the real world; pharmacy engagement with patients; and the pharmaceutical industry’s role. The Summit highlighted CardioSmart; the ACC’s suite of hospital and practice-based quality improvement programs; clinical toolkits and mobile resources; and more. In addition, the Summit provided a unique opportunity to hear directly from patients and patient advocates about their needs and the importance of public and private partnerships in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Learn more about the Summit, watch video and download slide presentations and get access to ACC resources here.

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Embracing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act
In a recent "Straight Talk" column in CardioSource WorldNews, Steven E. Nissen, MD, MACC, discusses the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, and encourages physicians to embrace it rather than fear it. In the article, he sheds light on the large sums of money a select number of physicians have received from pharmaceutical and device companies for pushing their products. "No patient should worry that we have placed our relationship with drug or device makers ahead the needs of our patient's needs," said Nissen in support of the legislation. Read the column. Watch a recent webinar to learn how the new law will impact physicians.

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Fee Schedule FAQs
As part of the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS reimburses two CPT codes for reporting physician or qualifying non-physician practitioner care management services for a patient post-discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility or community mental health center stay, outpatient observation, or partial hospitalization. Click here for a revised list of frequently asked questions on billing Medicare for transitional care management services.

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Connecting Kids to Coverage
The ACC is joining efforts with CMS and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help promote enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS is collaborating with various partner organizations to extend outreach to as many families as possible. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $32 million in new grant awards last month, to fund the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment efforts to reach out, enroll, and retain eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP. For materials and other information to help providers and hospitals build awareness, visit the Connecting Kids to Coverage website and view a list of programs by state. If you have additional questions, or are interested in doing more, please contact Jesleen Papneja.

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IOM Report Provides Insight Into U.S. Health Care
Best Care at Lower Cost is the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) most comprehensive look at the nation's health care issues and challenges since the Quality Chasm series of a dozen years ago. In this Report, the IOM not only updates insights on the quality of care, but also chronicles and underscores the challenges of health care’s growing complexity, cost, and waste, identifying some $750 billion in unnecessary expenditures annually, and reviewing the opportunities for continuous learning and improvement.

Achieving higher quality care at lower cost will require an across-the-board commitment to transform the U.S. health system into a "learning" system that continuously improves by systematically capturing and broadly disseminating lessons from every care experience and new research discovery. With practical reference to proven approaches, the Committee’s recommendations speak to the many stakeholders in the health care system and outline the concerted actions necessary across all sectors to achieve the needed transformation. Acting on the insights in this volume will improve care quality, the patient experience, health outcomes, and lower costs. Get the full report and executive summary here.

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Fuster Named Next JACC Editor-in-Chief
The ACC recently named Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, as the next editor-in-chief of the College’s flagship Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). He will serve a five-year term beginning July 2014, replacing Anthony DeMaria, MD, MACC, who has served as the editor-in-chief of JACC since 2002. Read more on CardioSource.org.

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ACC Member Value Column: New Lifelong Learning Approach
The ACC has long been a provider of cutting-edge cardiovascular education, and is now on a mission to transform and innovate lifelong learning for the next generation of cardiovascular professionals. Harlan Krumholz, MD, FACC, editor of the editorial board of lifelong learning at the ACC, discusses the future of ACC’s lifelong learning program in a new video. Listen to how the College is taking a new integrated, expertise-building approach to education here.

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Upcoming Webinars, Events and More: Mark Your Calendar

ACC Member Registration Open for ACC.14 in Washington, DC
ACC members have a head start on attending the premier scientific meeting of the year! Member registration for ACC.14 on March 29 – 31, 2014 in the nation’s capital opens on Sept. 11 and non-member registration opens Sept. 23. Early registration ensures the best rates on hotel and travel. Learn more here.

Webinar on Physician/Hospital Alignment, Patient Outcomes and Quality Care
The third installment of the Improve Your Practice from the Inside Out webinar series will take place Oct. 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on promoting patient outcomes and quality care through physician/hospital alignment and is sponsored by the Council on Clinical Practice. Register and learn more here.

What Do You Need To Know About ICD-10 With A Year To Go?
Join the ACC on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. ET for a presentation on ICD-10-CM basics tailored to cardiology. Learn about the benefits of ICD-10; similarities and differences from ICD-9; basics of finding a diagnosis code and unspecified codes; training needs and timelines; resources for coding and training; and national implementation issues. Register now.

Mark Your Calendars: Open Enrollment and PQRS
On Oct. 1, open enrollment for 2014 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces commences. Learn more. Also, Oct. 15 is the last day for groups of 100+ to self-nominate to participate in the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option in order to avoid the additional 2015 negative payment adjustment of 1 percent under the value modifier. Review a recent PQRS webinar.

Sports Cardiology Summit This October
Are you a healthcare professional who treats athletes of all ages? ACC will host its 2nd Annual Sports Cardiology Summit on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont, Ill. Attendees will hear from expert faculty as they present relevant case studies and up-to-date findings on cardiovascular care for athletes. Register or get more information on CardioSource.org.

CV Summit Heads to Vegas in January
The Cardiovascular Summit: Solutions for Thriving in a Time of Change course will be held Jan. 16 – 18, 2014 at the Aria Casino and Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Staff and member volunteers are in the process of developing content for the meeting. Registration and lodging information will be available on CardioSource.org in the coming weeks. Contact Jackie Massey with questions.

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New on the ACC in Touch Blog
Check out the newly revamped ACC in TouchBlog at blog.cardiosource.org for multiple posts each week on hot topics. Here are some of the hottest recent posts:

  • A Sept. 9 post from Fellow-in-Training Payal Kohli, MD explores the need for a restructuring of academic medicine.
  • ACC BOG Chair David, May, MD, FACC gives the tort reform conversation a voice again in a Sept. 6 post.
  • Looking for a little direction on ACC’s global strategy? President-Elect Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC shares in a Sept. 3 blog post.
  • ACC CEO Shal Jacobovitz in late August shared his vision for the College and gave an inside look into the strategic planning process. Learn more in his post here.

There are many more posts available on the blog – check them out here.

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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 incardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Look for the ACCinTouch logo for the official ACC presence on these social mediachannels in order to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile@ACCinTouch, the College also has profiles dedicated to news from the Advocacy team @Cardiology. CardioSmart, the ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centeredcardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter @CardioSmart, and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit CardioSource.org/ACCinTouch.

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