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ACC, AHA to Collaborate on Hospital CV Accreditation Services
U.S. hospitals and other institutions will have access to a single, comprehensive set of cardiovascular accreditation services through a new collaboration between the ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA). Starting in 2017, hospitals will be able to take advantage of a suite of co-branded accreditation services focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including chest pain, cardiac catheterization, atrial fibrillation, heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions. By joining forces, the ACC and AHA aim to identify and recognize high performing and complex cardiovascular service lines across the nation and provide unbiased, actionable and achievable benchmarks for all hospital and clinical leaders to use as they work to raise their own standards of clinical performance. “The ACC and the AHA have worked together for more than 30 years to develop cardiovascular clinical guidelines and translate those guidelines into programs and services that shape clinical care and improve patient outcomes,” said ACC CEO Shal Jacobovitz. “Through this collaboration we can increase the scope and positive impact of accreditation on cardiovascular patient care.” Read more.

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions Looks Back at ESC
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews: Interventions reflects on the interventional studies presented at this summer’s European Society of Cardiology meeting in Rome. In this month’s Editor’s Corner, Editor-in-Chief Peter C. Clock, MD, FACC, asks whether the data from ESC may mean the end of the bare metal stent. The issue also examines remote monitoring in cardiac electrophysiology, and updates from the NCDR, including a risk stratification tool for predicting adverse events in CHD patients. See the full issue at

JACC Editor’s Page: Cultural Third World War: How Economic Disparity Adversely Impacts Health
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, discusses how socioeconomic disparities impact health and the role medical journals can play in closing the “widening gap between ‘the rich and the rest.’” JACC has made an effort to publish trials that focus on the importance of health promotion, rather than only focusing on costly treatments. “Editors of medical journals have a role and responsibility through our ability to educate to lessen this drastic class divide that leads to disparate care and declining health of certain lower income individuals and communities,” he writes. Read more.

New on History Hub: The History of Cardiology as a Medical Specialty
The College continues to expand its archive of content on the new history hub and one of the newest pieces explores the history of cardiology as a medical specialty from the perspective of one of ACC’s founders – Dr. Philip Reichert. The 1978 piece was originally published in Clinical Cardiology and, reproduced with permissions from publisher Wiley, explores potentially forgotten pieces of ACC history such as the origin of ACC’s seal logo, the rapid growth of cardiology at the time of the College’s founding, and more. Historical content such as this is brought to light and restored for ACC member and public consumption by ACC’s history work group, led by Past President John G. Harold, MD, MACC.. Read more.

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines the Risk and Rewards of Risk Scoring
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews reviews the use of cardiology risk scoring and determines that it is important to find “the sweet spot of its use.” This month’s Business Consult examines the new cardiac-specific bundled payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Elsewhere in the issue, Stephen Worthley, MD, FACC is interviewed about the next generation of stent evaluated in the RevElution Study while D. Scott Lim discusses his work in pioneering novel treatment for heart valve disease. See the full issue at

JACC Leadership Page: Preparing for a Value-Based Health Care System
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, president of the ACC, Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC, from the ACC Board of Trustees, and Gerard R. Martin, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Population Health Policy and Health Promotion Committee discuss the transition to a value-based healthcare system, including the effect that the implementation of MACRA will have on the College, its members and patients. They also discuss the importance of the College’s efforts in population health management. “We need to move from providing care for individual patients to also thinking more broadly about populations of patients and how to minimize their risks before major illness occurs,” they write. Read more.

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Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Finalizes MACRA Regulation Outlining New Medicare Payment System Implementation
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Oct. 14 released final regulations to implement the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) beginning with the 2019 payment year. These regulations establish rules for clinician participation in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). They also detail how to qualify for incentive payments based on participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Through its advocacy efforts, the College has worked with CMS and other health care organizations since day one to help shape the new Medicare payment system and ensure cardiovascular professionals can succeed in the new program. “This final rule demonstrates the complexity of moving to a value-based payment system under Medicare; however, we are encouraged to see that CMS has made several changes in the final rule based on comments by the clinician community. The College urges CMS to continue providing effective education and assistance to clinicians and their practices to ensure that this transition does not interfere with their ability to focus on their most important job: providing patient-centered care,” said ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC. Get full coverage of the final rule on

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Top Membership News

ACC Member Renewals Due Dec. 10
Renew your ACC membership today to continue your access to tools and benefits that help support you as a cardiovascular professional. With 300+ educational opportunities online, six JACC journals and resources to help you improve patient care and navigate practice change, the ACC is the best investment you can make in your career. Allow us to continue to support you. Renew online at or by calling the Resource Center at +1 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.

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

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

Expert Journal Club Faculty Discuss Predicting Early and Late Mortality After TAVR
The latest ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. Click here to view slides and hear experts discuss “Predicting Early and Late Mortality After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement,” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Visit to view the article, learn more about the program, and access a past collection of Journal Club recordings and articles. Also, take the Journal Club 2015 activity to earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ and 2 Part II MOC points per month! The activity includes links to past recordings and articles, as well as three multiple choice questions per session. This activity also includes materials covering CvLPRIT, PROMISE and LEADLESS trials, and more. Start the activity on

Expert Journal Club Faculty Discuss Influence of Sacubitril/Valsartan on 30-Day Readmission After HF Hospitalization
A recent ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. Click here to view slides and hear experts discuss “Influence of Sacubitril/Valsartan (LCZ696) on 30-Day Readmission After Heart Failure Hospitalization,” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Visit to view the article, learn more about the program, and access a past collection of Journal Club recordings and articles. Also, take the Journal Club 2015 activity to earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ and 2 Part II MOC points per month! The activity includes links to past recordings and articles, as well as three multiple choice questions per session. This activity also includes materials covering CvLPRIT, PROMISE and LEADLESS trials, and more. Start the activity on

Stay Current and Attend the NY Cardiovascular Symposium
Join the thought leaders of cardiology at the New York Cardiovascular Symposium as they present and discuss this year's most innovative scientific advances — their clinical practice applications — and how the future of cardiovascular medicine will improve patient care. New, revolutionary topics featuring genetics and much more will be covered! Don’t miss the most robust education in the field of cardiology.

Earn Dual CME and MOC Credits at Snowmass 2017
Featuring a mixture of lectures, case-based discussions and workshops, Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass, January 14 – 17, 2017 is designed to optimize your learning experience. Explore practice-changing topics and review the latest in contemporary cardiology for immediate use in your practice. While in Snowmass earn up to 23.5 points in ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Get Leadership Training at the Summit
Join the experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership as they provide you with an educational experience that leads to — operational excellence — cost efficiency — leadership training at the Cardiovascular Summit & Leadership Forum, January 26 – 28, 2017. Come together to discuss, discover and develop the best solutions for today’s challenges covering the hottest topics.

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

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 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 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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For Patients – CardioSmart

‘I am CardioSmart’ Contest Now Accepting Entries
CardioSmart has launched the fifth annual “I am CardioSmart” contest to recognize individuals living well with heart disease. Four people with one of six conditions — high blood pressure or stroke; heart attack; heart failure; atrial fibrillation; congenital heart disease; or coronary artery disease — will be selected based on their inspiring journey to heart health as told through video or essay submissions. Encourage your patients to share their story for a chance to be featured on and inspire others to partner with their care team and take charge of their heart health. New this year: there is no minimum age to enter; children under age 18 are now welcome to enter and show how they are “CardioSmart.” One grand prize winner selected by Facebook vote will win a trip for two to Washington in March 2017 and a chance to share their story with ACC.17 attendees at a special event. The deadline for entries is Nov. 11. For more information, visit or direct your patients to

Familial Hypercholesterolemia Infographic Now Available
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) can often go underdiagnosed and is first suspected after someone has had a heart attack or stroke at a very early age. 90% of people with FH don’t know they have it. As a result, they remain very likely to have a heart attack or die in the prime of their lives. This is why it is important to help your patients understand what this inherited condition implies and how to look for the signs. With ACC’s CardioSmart Familial Hypercholesterolemia Infographic you can easily explain to your patients how to recognize this condition and what measures to take, if detected. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for your waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at

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Digital ACC Resources

New Updates Benefit Members: Purchase History, Expanded Expert Pages and More
New updates to are designed to further meet the diverse needs of ACC members around the world. For example, members who have purchased items from can now view their order history when they are logged in – allowing them to track their purchases and easily access online products. Additionally, when saving articles or other items to the “My Library” section on, previously used tags are auto-filled, saving time and allowing users to quickly organize their libraries by topic. Finally, expanded Expert pages now display comprehensive listings of contributions by author. This feature is great for contribution authors who are tracking contributions for CV purposes, as well as for individuals looking for Journal Scans and other Expert Commentary from a particular author. Members can check out these latest updates by logging in to their accounts.

New on Trending Topics and Homepage Updates
The latest update to makes it easier than ever to access important updates quickly. The most popular stories now appear under “Trending” on the homepage and within “Latest in Cardiology” and “Clinical Topic Collections.” In additional to seeing the latest news by release date, this new feature lets users see the most important news updates at the top of their feeds. Based on member feedback, the refreshed homepage also places updates from “Latest In Cardiology” above the fold and includes an “Announcements” box at the top. “Recommended for You” features now appears on the right portion of the homepage. Members can see these and other new features on

ACC Launches First-of-its-Kind Institutional Page on Doximity
As part of the ACC’s innovation efforts, the College has launched a first-of-its-kind institutional page on Doximity, the largest online network of physicians and other health care professionals. This expands the College’s social media presence beyond Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube in to the leading professional networking space for clinicians. ACC’s page provides a “home” for the entire cardiovascular care team on the secure, online platform. As part of this effort, the ACC logo now appears on members’ Doximity profiles to showcase their credentials and dedication to ACC’s mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. Now, ACC members from across the country can connect with one another and collaborate to improve cardiovascular patient care in a novel manner. Visit ACC’s page.

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 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 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 here. To access them, you must have an 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

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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