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Overarching News

Final Call For Nominations: ACC Vice President and Trustees
Submit your recommendations to ACC’s Nominating Committee for ACC Vice President and Trustees by July 3. Each Trustee will serve up to a three-year term. The Vice President serves a one-year term, and is thereafter eligible to assume the position of the President. To serve as Vice President, an individual must have first served at least one term on the Board of Trustees. To learn more about the nomination process, visit

JACC Journals See Sweeping Increase in Impact Factors
JACC Journals continue to rank among the top 10 cardiovascular journals in the world, with the Journal of the American College of Cardiology retaining its #1 position for the fourth year in a row, according to 2016 Impact Factors released on June 14. JACC Journals continue to be the profession’s top destination for significant clinical and translational cardiovascular research, guidelines and review articles. ACC members can read the entire family of JACC Journals for free at Busy clinicians can hear audio summaries recorded by JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Editor-in-Chief David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, on, iTunes or Android’s Player FM app. Read more on

Latest Issue of Cardiology Features a Look at Health Equity as well as a Look at Developing the ACC’s Next Strategic Plan
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine provides a look at inequity in cardiovascular medicine and what we can do in our clinical practice. A perspective article by Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, discusses strategies to improve health care access for minority and high-risk populations. Another perspective article by Nkechi Ijioma, MD, suggests strategies for Early Career Physicians to address health inequities at the practice, community, research and advocacy levels. Don’t miss the new Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease Infographic. The feature article highlights the work behind the development of the College’s next Strategic Plan to shape its future. Read about the work of Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, and others who are on the road to improve heart health around the world – latest stops were in Russia and the UAE; eight more to go! Get to Know Leader Eugene Yang, MD, FACC, governor of the Washington Chapter and the issue that spurred him to take action and get involved.

Latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions Features a Deep Dive into TAVR
The cover story of the latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions magazine presents an in-depth look into the current status of TAVR, along with views from Editor-in-Chief Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, on TAVR as we move forward, including new insights from EuroPCR and SCAI. A perspective article written by FIT Neil M. Gheewala, MD, MPH, provides an introduction to transcatheter mitral valve interventions. The challenges of finding a fellowship in structural heart disease is the subject of a perspective article by Andrew M. Goldsweig, MD, FACC, RPVI. Get the full issue at

JACC Editor’s Page: Global Health Care and the Aging Population
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 the health care challenges that will arise world-wide over the coming decades due to an aging population. Forward-thinking countries are developing strategies to combat this problem. While some counties are assessing technological solutions, other are looking to more human options, such as having those who are retired and still active act as caretakers. “From a health care perspective, there has never been more of a need to ensure an active population, regardless of age,” he writes. "We must focus on health promotion across all age groups... As clinicians, we need to obsessively focus on the best methods to care for the elderly and the best methods for keeping the diminishing youth population healthy longer." Read more.

JACC Leadership Page: What’s in a Name?
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, discusses the shift from calling physicians "doctors" to calling them "providers", while nurse practitioners and physician assistants are now often called "mid-level providers". This insurance term has been adopted by physicians themselves. Walsh instead encourages inclusive terms such as “professionals” or “clinicians” and says not to be afraid of using “doctors” or “physicians” when making specific reference to them and to avoid the terms such as “mid-level” and “extender.” “We all deserve the respect that our hard-earned titles have afforded us,” she writes. “Let us make certain that these titles continue to be used.” Read more.

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Science and Quality News

NCDR Clinical Quality Coach App Now Available
The ACC has recently launched the NCDR Clinical Quality Coach app to provide physicians with a convenient mobile solution for documenting and tracking clinical practice improvement activities. Leveraging NCDR data, physicians are able to access and track quality performance metrics, and use data to inform quality improvement efforts. This app also gives physicians an easy, streamlined way to submit documentation of clinical practice improvement activities for American Board of Medical Specialties credit. Download the app and find out more about ACC’s clinical apps at

STS/ACC Seek Comments on STS/ACC TVT Registry Dataset Update
Physician leaders of The Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the ACC are seeking feedback on a dataset update that will be completed as part of Version 2.2 of the STS/ACC TVT Registry. The updates are intended to accommodate appropriate use criteria reporting for transcatheter aortic valve replacement that will be published in July 2017; add requirements to capture transcatheter tricuspid procedures; align with the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database upgrade; simplify data collection and modify other data elements as recommended. Comments will be accepted until July 11. Access the survey here.

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Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Releases Proposed 2018 Medicare QPP Rule
On June 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule, addressing participation requirements for 2018 and future years under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) pathways created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The ACC is reviewing the rule and will provide more details about member implications in the coming weeks. Read highlights from the rule on "Next year will be another transition year for clinicians adjusting to the Quality Payment Program," said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. "While the ACC will be reviewing the rule in detail, we were encouraged to see that CMS has listened to feedback from the public and recognizes a need to continue supporting clinicians in their transition to a value-based payment environment." To learn more about QPP and current requirements for the 2017 performance year, visit ACC’s MACRA Information Hub. QPP will be a prominent topic of discussion at ACC’s 2017 Legislative Conference this September. Click here to register.

Work Toward Reducing the Burden of Prior Authorization with ACC’s New PARTool
The ACC is seeking input from practices on incorrectly denied or difficult prior authorization requests via the new web-based prior authorization tool (PARTool). The tool collects data to help the College determine overall prior authorization and test substitution trends, and better understand problematic areas of the prior authorization process, including time burdens, test substitution and peer-to-peer reviews. The College will use the data garnered from responses to the 12-question form to share trends with insurers, prior authorization vendors, state legislators and insurance officials to engage them in working to reduce the burden of prior authorization. Submit your issues via the simple online form at

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Nominations Are Open for the 2018 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award
Recognize the next generation of physician scientists in cardiovascular medicine: Nominate a promising young researcher for the 2018 Distinguished Young Scientist Award. For over a decade, the award has recognized early career physician scientists who have amassed an impressive body of scientific research in either the clinical or basic domain and made their contributions felt in the field. The awardee wins free registration, travel and housing to ACC.18 in Orlando next March to present their work, PLUS a $1,000 monetary prize. Nominees for this distinguished award must be no more than 12 years removed from receipt of first doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution or comparable international training program. Nominees need not be ACC members at the time of nomination, nor do they need to be widely known. Nominations will be accepted through July 12. Learn more.

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ACC's New Self-Assessment Program CathSAP 5 is Now Available
CathSAP 5 – ACC's brand new self-assessment program – is now available and has everything needed to perfect knowledge of interventional cardiology. With an organizational structure that aligns directly with the American Board of Internal Medicine exam blueprint, the self-assessment program is also a great study tool to prepare for the Boards. The educational content is available in an abundance of formats and users can learn by reading text, watching a full-length or condensed presentation, downloading slides or answering questions which are now all case-based. There's also the flexibility to create custom quizzes, simulate Board exams to personalize learning, compare scores with peers and view a dashboard to judge progress. CathSAP 5 offers 128 Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Certification credits – enough for licensing and certification requirements through June 2020. Visit to purchase the product and to learn more. Stay tuned for the CathSAP 5 App which will launch later this month.

Study Shows ACC In-Training Exam Scores Predict Success on ABIM CVD Certification Exam
Performance on the ACC In-Training Exam (ITE) is strongly correlated with performance on the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM's) Cardiovascular Disease Certification Examination, according to the results of an analysis published June 5 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers, led by Julia H. Indik, MD, PhD, FACC, and Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, analyzed ACC ITE scores from 1,918 Fellows in Training in their third year of fellowship and compared them to scores from the ABIM Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease Certification Examinations, respectively, in addition to scores on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3. The results of the analysis showed that ACC ITE scores were significantly correlated with scores on the first attempt of the ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Certification Examination (correlation coefficient = 0.68). Further, higher scores on both the ACC ITE and the ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination predicted higher scores on the Cardiovascular Disease Certification Examination. Read more on

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For Patients – CardioSmart

Understanding Clinical Trials Infographic Now Available
On average, new drugs must go through 12 years of testing before they’re approved for use. ACC’s CardioSmart team has created an infographic to help the public understand what goes into a clinical trial to determine if a drug is safe and effective to use. The infographic explains how clinical trials work, the benefits of taking part and concerns participants may have. It also stresses the importance of increasing diversity in clinical research. Download the free infographic, along with other CardioSmart infographic posters, for waiting and exam rooms. For more patient information about understanding clinical trials, visit

Revamped CardioSmart Heart Explorer App Available for iPad and iPhone
The ACC’s CardioSmart Heart Explorer App has been revamped with the goal of furthering the clinician/patient relationship at the point of care. Newly enhanced high-resolution cardiac graphics and animations are designed to help effectively review and discuss common heart problems and treatment options with patients. New to the app, heart failure and atrial fibrillation information can be emailed directly to patients through the app. The app is now available for use on both iPads and iPhones, with an Android version coming soon. Download the app for free via the iTunes store. Log-in information is no longer required.

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Digital ACC Resources

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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