Catch Up on the Latest News From ACC.15
Miss out on the latest news on trials and sessions from ACC.15? Check out full coverage of the conference including news stories and trial summaries of the hottest trials on ACC.org/ACC15. Get video coverage of the conference, including FITs on the GO interviews with presenters of the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials. Also, check out ACC.15 wrap-ups of each day on the ACC in Touch Blog, with video highlights from Peter Block, MD, FACC, and Deepak Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC. Interested in the Future of Cardiology? Search #ACC15 and follow @ACCinTouch for recaps of the Future of Cardiovascular Medicine Track and more. Save the date for ACC.16 in Chicago, IL, April 2 – 4, 2016. Read more on ACC.org.
Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC Becomes ACC President.
Following the end of ACC.15, Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, immediate past president of the ACC, passed the presidential chain to Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, at the time honored Convocation Ceremony. Williams is currently the James B. Herrick Professor and chief of the division of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography. “Each president has the privilege of inheriting the foundation of past leaders,” Williams said. “Following on Pat’s year of building new leaders and ensuring continued focus on educational funding and research, I hope to focus on increasing our ongoing effectiveness as advocates for patient access to the best cardiovascular care, regardless of race, gender, income or geography.” Read more on ACC.org.
Call For Applications: Editor-in-Chief of New JACC: Basic Translational Research Journal
The ACC Publications Committee is seeking applications for Editor-in-Chief of a new journal, JACC: Basic Translational Research. The new editor’s term will begin in June 2015, and will run for five years, with the possibility of re-appointment for an additional five-year term. The deadline for applications is May 1. Read more about the position on ACC.org.
JACC Leadership Page: Examining the Strategic Plan: The Heart of ACC Advocacy
In his first Leadership Page in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC, discusses the ACC’s advocacy focus on the well-being of patients. “The College has played an important role in advocating for patient access to care, the incorporation of appropriate use criteria and clinical decision support for advanced diagnostic imaging, and the use of scientific registries for quality improvement,” he says. “On an even broader level, the College has expanded its advocacy work into the international sphere over the last few years. Working with our international chapters and other stakeholders, the College has participated in the United Nations’ efforts around the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, with the goal of reaching a 25 percent global reduction of premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by the year 2025.” Read more.
10 Years of ACC Member Sections
ACC.15 marked the official celebration of 10 years of ACC member sections. ACC sections began a decade ago with the birth of the Adult Congenital Pediatric Cardiology and the Women in Cardiology sections. Learn more about the history of these two trailblazing groups, and how sections have grown since 2004-2005 here. Sections are a natural extension of Chapter membership and allow members to find their niche within their larger professional home. To get involved, learn more here.
Learn How Hospitals Are Reducing 30-Day RSMR
The next Surviving MI webinar will be Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m. ET. Join the webinar to hear two hospitals present innovative and practical methods to reduce 30-day mortality rates and improve organizational culture. The webinar will focus on how to create a successful physician/nurse dyad and ways in which pharmacists can be involved in the AMI care team. Register today! To get started with Surviving MI and view archived webinars, go to CVQuality.ACC.org/SurvivingMI. Surviving MI is a quality initiative offered under the ACC's Quality Improvement for Institutions program.
Tell Congress to Repeal the SGR
The current Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment patch expires on March 31 and Medicare payments will be cut by 21 percent unless Congress takes action. Last year, the entire house of medicine and three congressional committees of jurisdiction agreed upon bipartisan, bicameral legislation that not only repeals the SGR but also creates new pathways for clinicians to participate in alternative payment and health care delivery models. Now is the time to urge Congress to build upon those efforts and enact legislation that maximizes high-quality, patient-centered care while reducing health care costs. Please take the short time necessary to send this pre-populated letter to your lawmakers – for your patients and your profession.
EHR Incentive Program Reminder: Deadline March 20
All eligible professionals (EPs) must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year in order to receive incentive payments and avoid a Medicare payment adjustment. The deadline for attesting to meaningful use for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program 2014 reporting year is now March 20.
State Advocacy Action: Ohio
In early March, 25 members of the Ohio Chapter of the ACC met in Columbus, OH, for "Cardiology Day at the Capitol: Advocating for a Healthy Ohio." Chapter members met with approximately 26 state senators, representatives and legislators' aides to discuss opposition to budget cuts for graduate medical education funding and reimbursement rates for dual eligible patients, and support for tobacco product tax increases (including e-cigarettes), a valuable Prior Authorization Simplification Act, and medical liability reform. Members of ACC national's State Government Affairs team attended Ohio Lobby Day to support the Ohio Chapter's important Advocacy efforts.
ACC Supports CHD Research Funding
The ACC, the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association and numerous other organizations urged Congress to support congenital heart disease (CHD)-related public health research and surveillance initiatives. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, the organizations addressed the importance of continuing funding for programs that support the lifelong needs of the growing population of Americans with CHD. Specifically, the letter asks Congress to provide $10 million in FY2016 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Disabilities to support surveillance and public health research; support the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's efforts to develop innovative and cost-effective treatment options for patients with CHD; and continue robust funding of the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program. Last month, CHD advocates united in Washington, DC, for the Congenital Heart Legislative Conference, organized by the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Ahead of the Lobby Day, the ACC hosted a reception for 125 patients, family members and legislative staff to honor the tremendous efforts of CHD advocates and champions. The 2015 Legislative Champion of the Year Award was presented to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). The ACC will continue working with members and partners to advance legislation that benefits CHD patients.