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Overarching News/Publications

New ACC Health Policy Statement Outlines Innovation Roadmap
A new ACC health policy statement, published Nov. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, provides a roadmap on how to best support health care innovation in three arenas—digital health, big data and precision health. "Health care transformation requires collaboration," said Sanjeev Bhavnani, MD, chair of the document. "The ACC Roadmap for Innovation harnesses an 'Innovation Collaborative' between key stakeholders that allows early phase ideas to grow into scalable solutions, facilitates new stakeholder partnerships, promotes collaborative efforts to identify unmet clinical needs and implements new ideas." Meanwhile, the College's overarching Innovation Strategy is elaborated in a related Leadership Page from ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, and ACC Chief Innovation Officer John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC. The strategy is designed to enable the ACC to lead, facilitate and partner in the digital transformation of health care to achieve its vision of creating "a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes," they write. Read more on

October Issue of Cardiology: Business of CV Medicine, Innovation, Advocacy, and More
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology looks at key trends affecting the management of cardiovascular practices today, including insights from the ACC’s recent Cardiovascular Practice Survey. Also in this issue, view highlights from this year's Legislative Conference; read how early career professionals can lend their voices to ACC advocacy efforts; and get the scoop on several new partnerships designed to foster innovation in health care. Get the full issue at

Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, Appointed Next Scientific Session Vice Chair
Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, has been selected as the next vice chair of ACC's Annual Scientific Session. Morris will serve as vice chair for ACC.19 and ACC.20, and will transition to chair for ACC. 21 and ACC.22. "Dr. Morris is an outstanding choice for this crucial leadership role in the annual scientific session," said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. "She has been active throughout her membership in the ACC and is passionate about educating herself and other clinicians through her work on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Council, the ACC roundtables and on the Annual Scientific Session Program Committee. Her vast experience and leadership will ensure that the ACC Annual Scientific Session continues to be the premier cardiology meeting." Read more on

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Science and Quality News

New ACC/AHA High Blood Pressure Guidelines Lower Definition of Hypertension
High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication – at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 – based on new ACC and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure. The new guidelines – the first comprehensive set since 2003 – also stress the importance of using proper technique to measure blood pressure; recommend use of home blood pressure monitoring using validated devices; and highlight the value of appropriate training of health care providers to reveal "white-coat hypertension." (Get the details.) Visit the ACC's High Blood Pressure Guidelines Hub for easy access to additional commentary, slides, key points to remember, the ACC’s Guidelines Clinical App and ASCVD Risk Estimator, updated CardioSmart high blood pressure patient tools, and a new "High Blood Pressure Guidelines Made Simple" tool. JACC Journals has also developed a specialized hub for easy access to the guidelines, executive summary and additional research and commentary.

New Guidelines Focus on Ventricular Arrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention
The ACC, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, have published new guidelines for the treatment of adult patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death. The new guidelines replace the 2006 ACC/AHA/ESC Guidelines for Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death and provide recommendations regarding general evaluation of patients with documented or suspected VA; treatments, therapies and prevention of VA; acute management of specific VA; and VA in the structurally normal heart. They also provide guidance on VA and sudden cardiac death related to special populations, including athletes, pregnancy, older patients with comorbidities, valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease, etc. Recommendations on the use of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with left ventricular assist devices, use of subcutaneous ICDs, and the role of catheter ablation of ventricular arrhythmias are also provided. Read more.

Hear From the Experts on the Hottest Trials From AHA 2017
In the latest ACC Cardiology Hour, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, is joined by Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC; Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC; Prediman K. Shah, MD, MACC; and Chadwick W. Stouffer, MD, in a roundtable discussion of the hottest trials from AHA 2017 in Anaheim, CA. Among the trials discussed: DACAB, CANVAS, EXSCEL, POISE-2 and more. Watch the full video at or skip to individual trial discussions on ACC's YouTube channel. For more coverage including trial summaries, ACC news stories, journal scans and videos, visit

ACC Holds Its First Prior Authorization Roundtable
Stakeholders from across the health care spectrum came together to discuss pragmatic solutions to improving the prior authorization process as it pertains to prescribing cardiovascular medications as part of ACC's Prior Authorization: Right Drug, Right Patient For Cardiovascular Treatment Roundtable on Oct. 12. Roundtable Co-Chairs Dharam J. Kumbhani, MD, FACC, and Lonny Reisman, MD, FACC, talked about the importance of having the "right treatment for the right patient at the right time," yet current prior authorization requirements for cardiovascular drugs pose significant challenges to achieving this goal. Several topics were discussed throughout the day, including the need to define the goal of prior authorization – to stem overutilization or improve optimization; real-life patient complexity and costs, and their impact on prior authorization decisions; and the utility of data related to this issue, including how to leverage data from the PINNACLE Registry to understand changes in CV care. Read more on

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Save With ACC.18 Registration Before Jan. 31
Power your mind at ACC.18 and hear first-hand the cutting-edge advances and practice changing updates in cardiovascular care. You'll have the opportunity to ignite conversation during meaningful interactions with global thought leaders. Plus, ACC.18 makes it easy to lead the way and meet ABIM's MOC requirements with more than 300 sessions offering Dual CME/MOC credit. Register by Jan. 31 to save up to $200!

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Advocacy and Health Policy News

Review Outlines Payment Reforms to Increase Collaboration Among Primary Care, Cardiology
A conceptual approach to payment reforms that would allow for more effective collaboration between cardiology and primary care physicians treating patients with chronic cardiovascular disease is the focus of a new JAMA: Cardiology review. The proposed set of payment reforms, the core of which could qualify as an advanced alternative payment model (APM) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), clearly defines the roles of participating physicians under each model where they share responsibility for patient care. The authors specifically define two short-term payment models including a clinician-to-clinician consultation model and a multispecialty care coordination model. "To provide heart disease patients with the best possible care, it is essential that cardiologists and primary care clinicians work effectively together," said Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, ACC Board of Trustees member and a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. "This collaborative care framework and payment model offer an opportunity to link clinician roles and responsibilities to payment, thus improving value and the care experience for our patients." Read more on Learn more about alternative payment models and other pieces of the QPP at

JACC Leadership Page: Cardiology Takes the Hill!
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, reflects on the ACC's 2017 Legislative Conference. This year, ACC members met with their senators and representatives or their legislative aides and focused their "ask" on the following issues: (1) a bill that would expand access to cardiac rehabilitation; (2) increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and (3) easing the administrative burden on clinicians by exercising oversight of Quality Payment Program implementation, streamlining electronic health record (EHR) requirements, and facilitating a smooth transition to new payment models. "The momentum from this year’s conference will carry us throughout the year as we advocate at both state and national levels," Walsh writes. "Hopefully, the value gained over the 3-day meeting will make participation in next year’s 2018 ACC Legislative Conference a priority for members new and old." Read more.

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2018 Member Renewals are Due Dec. 11
The ACC 2018 membership renewal deadline is right around the corner! Remind your members to renew their access to tools and resources worth thousands by Monday, Dec. 11. They'll maintain their access to all six JACC Journals, deep discounts on education including ACC.18 in Orlando, mobile apps, guidelines and much more. Renewals can be made online at, by phone at 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or by mailing in their hard copy statement, last mailed Nov. 11.

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For Patients – CardioSmart

TAVR Decision Aid Tools Now Available
The ACC's CardioSmart Decision Aids hub recently expanded to include two new TAVR Decision Aid Tools that help patients understand what aortic stenosis (AS) is and what treatments are available. The first tool guides patients with intermediate or high surgical risk through the treatment options available for severe AS and helps them choose between TAVR and surgery. The second tool is dedicated to patients with prohibitive surgical risk/inoperable to help them evaluate the proper treatment and choose between TAVR and symptoms management. Visit to find out more and download these tools for free.

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Digital ACC Resources

Podcast Featuring Samples From ACCEL's Renowned Library Now Live
Thanks to a newly launched ACC podcast, clinicians can hear samples of interviews and topical summaries from ACCEL's renown library of content. Focusing on cardiology's most interesting research areas, the ACCEL Lite podcast allows users to hear useful content each week for free. Host Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, introduces select ACCEL content that explores notable research and practice topics through interviews with experts in the field of cardiology. The ACCEL Lite podcast is available on, iTunes and Google Play. To get unlimited access to the entire ACCEL library and earn CME, subscribe to the full ACCEL product.

ASCVD Risk Estimator Plus App Now Available
The ACC recently updated the ASCVD Risk Estimator Plus app using recent science and user feedback to help a clinician and patient build a customized risk lowering plan by estimating and monitoring change in 10-year ASCVD risk. This app can be used to: estimate a patient's initial 10-year ASCVD risk; receive an individualized, risk-based, intervention approach; project the impact of specific interventions on a patient’s risk; guide clinician-patient discussion around customizing an intervention plan; update risk at follow-up, based on a patient’s response to therapy. Search "ASCVD Risk Estimator Plus" on the web or in your app store to download the app for free. Find out more about ACC's clinical apps at

ACC Weekly Podcast on Not-to-Miss CV Topics Now Available on Google Play, iTunes
ACC members and clinicians have a new way to gain unique insights and expert commentary on some of the top content posted to each week. In his Eagle's Eye View podcast, Editor-in-Chief Kim Eagle, MD, MACC, discusses the hottest cardiovascular topics, ranging from new clinical guidelines to practice-changing research and innovative quality initiatives and tools. "Our talented team of web editors and ACC staff is dedicated to curating the most valuable content for members and the cardiovascular community," said Eagle. "The podcast provides an efficient way to obtain weekly highlights in an exciting new format." Listen now on, Google Play, or iTunes.

Download the New CathPCI Bleeding Risk Calculator App
The ACC has recently launched the CathPCI Bleeding Risk Calculator App to help clinicians assess the individualized patient risk of experiencing a bleeding event associated with a PCI procedure. This app allows clinicians to compare individual patient risk with the national average based on data from the CathPCI Registry®. Also, the app facilitates consistent risk assessment and communication between a clinician and patient about the overall PCI procedure. Download the app and find out more about ACC’s clinical apps at

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 channel dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology), education (@ACCCardioEd), and quality (@ACCCVQuality). 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 at 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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