Sample Post-CV Summit/Leadership Forum Tweets
Post-CV Summit and Leadership Forum News Blurbs
Other Important News from the ACC

Sample Post-CV Summit/Leadership Forum Tweets

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Post-CV Summit and Leadership Forum News Blurbs

Your Blueprint For Navigating MACRA and the Quality Payment Program
Implementation of the Quality Payment Program, created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), is officially underway. As the Quality Payment Program kicks into gear, it’s important for clinicians to have updated and cardiovascular-specific information at their fingertips. The ACC's new and improved MACRA Information Hub on ACC.org helps cardiovascular professionals understand the new Medicare payment system, prepare for Quality Payment Program implementation and explore available resources. The mobile-friendly MACRA Hub includes information on common MACRA terms; the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model pathways; requirements for the Quality, Improvement Activities, Advancing Care Information and Cost categories; key program dates; cardiovascular quality measures; and more. Visit ACC.org/MACRA.

ACC’s Core Health Care Principles
The ACC’s BOT and Health Affairs Committee have approved a core set of principles to guide the College’s advocacy efforts as Congress and the new administration move forward with efforts to repeal provisions included in the Affordable Care Act. The principles can be found here. As discussed at the CV Summit, repeal of the ACA is separate from MACRA. Listen to Health Affairs Committee Chair Thad Waites, MD, FACC discuss the difference between the ACA and MACRA in a video recorded via Facebook Live on-site at CV Summit. Download ACC’s overarching advocacy slide deck that includes the core health care principles on ACC.org.

ACC Governance Transformation Update
The College continues on a path of governance transformation to ensure that the organization is more nimble and strategic moving forward. Progress updates on governance changes were presented and discussed at a number of sessions during CV Summit and Leadership Forum in Orlando this past January, including at the Board of Governors, Section Steering Committee and Board of Trustees meetings. Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Governance Committee, shared with member leaders the newly approved Authority Matrix document which illustrates how to operationalize ACC’s primary governance charge – to centralize authority and decentralize decision making. Access the Authority Matrix on ACC.org. Additionally, read a recent perspective piece about ACC’s governance transformation progress, authored by Poppas and ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, on ACC.org.

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Other Important News from the ACC

ACC Celebrates American Heart Month; Announces “I am CardioSmart” Winner
ACC kicked-off February, American Heart Month, by announcing the “I am CardioSmart” winner. CardioSmart, ACC’s patient education and support program, established the annual “I am CardioSmart” contest to put a spotlight on individuals living well with specific heart disease conditions: congenital heart defect, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, coronary artery disease and/or stroke. Now in its fifth year, four finalists were chosen in the fall and featured on CardioSmart’s Facebook page. A vote on the most inspirational story was held on Facebook, and Jacob Burris of Eugene, OR, was selected as the overall winner. He will be honored as the “I am CardioSmart” winner during ACC.17. Read more on ACC.org.

Latest Issue of Cardiology Features Emerging Trends in CV Medicine in 2017
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine looks at the trends some leading experts anticipate will affect cardiovascular medicine in the year ahead. The sidebar features the Top 10 Trials of 2016, as selected by Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC, and Deepak Bhatt, MD, FACC. Readers are asked to share their top trials for 2016 on Twitter with @ACCinTouch using #CVTop10. In a Heart of Health Policy article, Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC, reviews what is currently known about MACRA and provides tips and suggestions for preparing for its implementation. A profile of Heval Mohamed Kelli, MD, a Syrian refugee who is a cardiology fellow at Emory University, highlights his focus on preventive cardiology and helping his patients, research and becoming a mentor. Get the full issue at ACC.org/Cardiology.

JACC Leadership Page: The Potential Impact of the National Election Results
In a recent Editor’s Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, discusses the implications of the presidential and congressional elections. The results will likely have an effect not only on the future of the Affordable Care Act, but on other health care issues and programs as new appointees within the Department of Health and Human Services and its constituent agencies take office. MACRA, on the other hand, which was overwhelmingly passed with bipartisan support, is unlikely to go away. “The ACC looks forward to working with the new presidential administration and Congress around policies that protect patient access to quality, cost-effective care and ensure continued funding for things like cardiovascular research and graduate medical education,” Chazal writes. Read more.

Read the Most Influential JACC Articles from 2016
Find out which articles were most widely read and shared from across all six JACC Journals in 2016 on OnlineJACC.org. The JACC Journals team has compiled lists for each journal based on Altmetric data that tracks what received the most media and social media attention throughout the world. View the top articles lists and learn more about publishing in JACC Journals.

In Memoriam: Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, MACC
ACC Past President Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, MACC, a renowned cardiologist, educator and writer passed away on Jan. 17, 2017 in Dayton, OH. He was 93 years old. "Sylvan Weinberg was a role model for an entire generation of clinical cardiologists,” said ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC. “I first met him when he served as a visiting professor at Indiana University in the 1980's. His ACC career included a highly successful term as president, but also a 15-year legacy as an editor of ACCEL. His ability to balance a practice career, academics and service to the College is a tribute to his intellect and character." Read Weinberg’s In Memoriam on ACC.org.

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