ACC’s 2013 Legislative Conference Recap
ICD-10: What You Need to Know
Statement Addresses Next Steps in Global NCD Efforts
New NCDR Report Sheds Light on CV Trends
NCDR Study: Patient and Hospital Characteristics Linked to Inappropriate PCI
CardioSmart and Mended Hearts Partner to Provide Community With AFib Related Educational Programs
Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve FDA Update
Health Insurance Marketplaces Launched
Claims Experience Video Series
Webinars, Events, Deadlines and More: Mark Your Calendar
New on the ACC in Touch Blog
What’s New on CardioSource.org?
Stay In Touch with the ACC via Social Media

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ACC’s 2013 Legislative Conference Recap
Nearly 400 ACC members gathered in Washington, D.C. from Sept. 22 to 24 to tackle issues facing cardiology as part of ACC's 2013 Legislative Conference. During more than 300 meetings with lawmakers, members shared how decisions made on Capitol Hill impact medical professionals nationwide. "Having the entire cardiac care team unite to tackle the looming health care challenges is more important than ever," wrote ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, on the ACC in Touch Blog. Read more about the challenges and opportunities ahead. Check out photos and other Legislative Conference highlights on CardioSource.org.

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ICD-10: What You Need to Know
On Oct. 1, 2014, the ICD-10 system will replace the current ICD-9 codes. ICD-10 implementation will change the way coding is currently done, with the code-set growing from its current 14,315 diagnosis codes to more than 69,099 codes. These changes will require a significant effort to implement the new system and now is the time to start preparations in your practice. Information and resources to help you prepare are now available on CardioSource.org. Research ICD-10 codes and guidelines, review a webinar, watch videos and more.

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Statement Addresses Next Steps in Global NCD Efforts
On Sept. 17, the Global Cardiovascular (CV) Disease Taskforce — representing the ACC, World Heart Federation, American Heart Association, European Heart Network, European Society of Cardiology, and other global CV Disease experts — released a statement calling for the implementation of plans to help meet the global target of reducing premature NCD mortality 25 percent by 2025. The statement challenges the global community to move beyond simply endorsing the global "25by25" target to action. According to the authors, this will require accountability by governments, and involves an approach that is inclusive of nongovernment organizations, local communities, and industry as appropriate. Get the details and view a video interview with former ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, MACC.

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New NCDR Report Sheds Light on CV Trends
A new report highlighting data from the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) provides a snapshot of the many unique ways clinical registry data can be used to assess quality of care and outcomes associated with broad populations of patients with cardiovascular disease. The report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, features highlights from five of the ACC's hospital-based registries (ACTION Registry-GWTG; CathPCI Registry; CARE Registry; ICD Registry), as well as its practice-based PINNACLE Registry. Topics addressed include door-to-balloon times, ICD device trends, opportunities for anticoagulation and hypertension management improvements, and more. Get the details, plus watch a video with NCDR Senior Medical Officer Fred Masoudi, MD, FACC, and download an infographic highlighting key report results.

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NCDR Study: Patient and Hospital Characteristics Linked to Inappropriate PCI
Non-acute percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) categorized as "inappropriate" using the ACC's Appropriate Use Criteria are more commonly performed in "men, patients of white race and those with private insurance," according to a study published Sept. 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Moving forward, the authors note that the study findings can provide important insights into specific patient and hospital characteristics where the risks of PCI may exceed the benefits. Read more on the results, plus watch a video with Deepak Bhatt, MD, FACC, one of the study’s authors.

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CardioSmart and Mended Hearts Partner to Provide Community With AFib Related Educational Programs
CardioSmart and Mended Hearts are partnering with 10 hospitals across the country to do a series of 10 free live educational programs for patients living with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and their caregivers. This unique and highly successful “Living with AFib” lunch and learn program allows AFib patients and their friends and family to hear from ACC physicians and other AFib patients about signs and symptoms, treatment options and how to communicate effectively with the entire cardiac care team in an informal, relaxed setting. Participants can ask questions after the presentation and come away with not only increased awareness of AFib, but resources they can use moving forward, including more information about the AFib condition center on CardioSmart.org.

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Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve FDA Update
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved revised labeling for the Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve, making the device available to an expanded group of patients who have inoperable aortic valve stenosis. Data from the STS/ACC TVT Registry™, created by the ACC and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) to monitor the safety and efficacy of transcatheter aortic valve replacement for the treatment of aortic stenosis, played a key role in the decision to expand the indication. Read more about the decision.

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Health Insurance Marketplaces Launched
Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces opened Oct. 1 and will run through March 31, 2014, with coverage kicking in on Jan. 1, 2014. Physician offices and their staff should be prepared to respond to general marketplace inquiries by patients. It will be important for providers to confirm patient eligibility for coverage before the date of service. It is also important that providers take an active interest in their contracts, discuss market competitive rates with payers and understand the fine print. Providers should work with payers to fully understand the network criteria within exchanges. Navigate the new marketplaces with this guide. Watch an archived webinar on the topic here.

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Claims Experience Video Series
Find out what it takes to prevail in a medical malpractice claim with a new claims experience video series from The Doctor’s Company – the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. Get the physician perspective on the litigation process—see how one physician coped with a claim and prevailed. This video was produced and provided by The Doctors Company—for similar videos please visit The Doctors Company YouTube channel. Also, learn more about special Doctors Company benefits for ACC members, here.

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Webinars, Events, Deadlines and More: Mark Your Calendar

Be an ACC Leader!
The College is a member-driven organization, with all major activities led by concerned and engaged members like you. Apply or nominate a colleague for a committee membership to help lead the College and its activities. All College Fellows, Fellow-in-Training, Cardiac Care Associates, and Cardiovascular Administrators are encouraged to nominate and apply. Applications and nominations are due by Oct. 31. Get started.

Registration Open for ACC.14 in Washington, DC
Registration for ACC.14 on March 29 – 31, 2014 in the nation’s capital opens on is now open! Learn more here.

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:

  • The College responds to Bloomberg article on stent procedure overuse in a Sept. 26 post by ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC. Also, hear Harold speak on appropriate use and overuse in a related video.
  • As part of the ACC’s Anticoagulation Initiative, the College held an Anticoagulation Consortium Roundtable on Saturday, Sept. 21 to bring representatives from medical specialty societies, industry and other stakeholder groups together to discuss issues in anticoagulation treatment and begin to address the gaps in care. Learn more about the Anticoagulation Initiative and read a Sept. 22 post from Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Anticoagulation Initiative Work Group.
  • ACC CEO Shal Jacobovitz tackles the topic of managing change in uncertain times in a Sept. 19 post. Jacobovitz is currently leading that charge of ACC’s strategic plan development.
  • ACC Executive Vice President William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, discusses the recent LDL: Address the Risk Think Tank held in Washington, DC, on Oct. 10. The day-long event provided representatives from medical specialty societies and other stakeholder quality groups a unique opportunity to discuss issues in lipid management and begin to address gaps in care.
This is just a sampling of what is happening on the blog. There are many more posts available – check them out here and be sure to comment.

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:

  • The College responds to Bloomberg article on stent procedure overuse in a Sept. 26 post by ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC. Also, hear Harold speak on appropriate use and overuse in a related video.
  • As part of the ACC’s Anticoagulation Initiative, the College held an Anticoagulation Consortium Roundtable on Saturday, Sept. 21 to bring representatives from medical specialty societies, industry and other stakeholder groups together to discuss issues in anticoagulation treatment and begin to address the gaps in care. Learn more about the Anticoagulation Initiative and read a Sept. 22 post from Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Anticoagulation Initiative Work Group.
  • ACC CEO Shal Jacobovitz tackles the topic of managing change in uncertain times in a Sept. 19 post. Jacobovitz is currently leading that charge of ACC’s strategic plan development.
  • ACC Executive Vice President William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, discusses the recent LDL: Address the Risk Think Tank held in Washington, DC, on Oct. 10. The day-long event provided representatives from medical specialty societies and other stakeholder quality groups a unique opportunity to discuss issues in lipid management and begin to address gaps in care.
This is just a sampling of what is happening on the blog. There are many more posts available – check them out here and be sure to comment.

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What’s New on CardioSource.org? Looking for Something?
CardioSource.org has made it easier to find news stories and videos under the “News Archive” page. The updated page now contains RRS feed of ACC’s latest news, ACC video highlights, and the latest content from CardioSource World News and CardioSource Wolrd News Interventions.

New Community on the Block

ACC Launches New Community on Cardiometabolic Disease
The ACC has launched its newest community focused on cardiometabolic disease. The Cardiometabolic Disease CardioSource Clinical Community is designed to help educate clinicians on important connections between diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions such as hypertension, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. Led by Nathan Wong, PhD, FACC, and Michael Blaha, MD, MPH, the community will highlight new strategies aimed to screen for these problems, detect those at highest risk to prioritize treatment, and identify new and emerging therapies that have the potential for significant clinical benefit. Additionally, the community will help educate and empower clinicians with the information and tools they need to help reach the global target of reducing premature non-communicable disease mortality 25 percent by 2025. Learn more at Cardiometabolic.CardioSource.org.

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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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