Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
2011 - 2012 Leadership

President
Frederic S. Resnic, MD, FACC
Boston, MA

Governor-Elect
Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FACC
Boston, MA

Immediate Past President
Thomas C. Piemonte, MD, FACC
Burlington, MA

Secretary
Clifford J. Berger, MD, FACC
Needham, MA

Treasurer
James D. Alderman, MD, FACC
Framingham, MA

Councilors
Puja Banka, MD
Boston, MA

Richard G. Birkhead, MD, FACC
Chelmsford, MA

Paul E. Boinay, MD, FACC
Boston, MA

Gregory Giugliano, MD, FACC
Springfield, MA

James M. Kirshenbaum, MD, FACC
Boston, MA

Anthony D. Marks, MD, FACC
Waban, MA

David T. Martin, MD, FACC
Burlington, MA

John O. Pastore, MD, FACC
Winchester, MA

Joel Jay Rubenstein, MD, FACC
Newton, MA

Samuel J. Shubrooks, MD, FACC
Boston, MA

Bonnie H. Weiner, MD, FACC
Worcester, MA

Malissa Jane Wood, MD, FACC
Boston, MA

Executive Director
Lorraine O’Grady
Email: logrady@prri.com

Administrative Offices
500 Cumming Center
Suite 4550
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: 978-927-8330/Fax: 978-524-8890
NEWSLETTER March 2012
2011 Annual Meeting Recap


Annual Meeting Highlights

 

 

From the American College of Cardiology: Recent News

Since 2007, successful participants in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) have received a bonus payment of as much as 2 percent of Medicare allowed charges. Beginning this year through 2014, qualifying participants will receive a bonus payment of 0.5 percent. More

 

This year marks the last year for physicians interested in participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to receive the maximum payment. Physicians can earn up to $44,000 over five years if they meet the program requirements and begin participating in 2011 or 2012. More

 

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), in partnership with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), recently released an Expert Consensus Document (ECD) on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a new technology for patients with severe aortic valvular stenosis who are either high-risk candidates or inoperable for surgical aortic valve replacement. More

 

The ACC is urging members to join the advocacy effort by hosting a Legislator Practice Visit. More

 

FITs, whether attending ACC.12 or not, can sign up now for the special "FITs on the GO" community, which is currently focused on ACC.12 activities and coverage specifically for FITs. More

 

The ACC and the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Cardiovascular Sciences recently launched a novel program to provide comprehensive educational sessions designed to meet the needs of the health care industry. The first of these programs was focused on all aspects of diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation, the second on acute coronary syndrome. More

 

This past year the ACC saw an 18 percent increase in international members, the highest rate of growth the College has ever achieved in a 12-month period. ACC International membership is currently made up of over 5,200 members hailing from over 125 countries and 17 chapters. More

 

The 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule included several coding changes for 2012 in the field of cardiology. The most extensive changes in the field occur in two areas: renal angiography and pacemaker/implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. More

 

The ACC recently released the first focused update to its Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Coronary Revascularization. The original criteria were published in 2009. More

 

To kick-off its 10th anniversary and better showcase news and events, the American College of Cardiology’s Political Action Committee (ACCPAC) has launched a new and improved website More

 

The topic of inappropriate use of stenting has been a hot topic this past year in several states including Maryland. In a recent ACC In Touch Blog post, ACC Board of Governors Chair Thad Waites discusses the diligent efforts by the Maryland Chapter to implement internal and external peer review, despite criticism and pushback from other groups, including fellow state chapters. More

 

The ACC is investigating complaints regarding numerous health plans incorrectly bundling the reimbursement for interpreting echoes into the inpatient E&M procedure codes based on claims management software developed by McKesson. The ACC with American Society of Echocardiography and American Medical Association have sent letters of opposition to McKesson and several health plans including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. More

 

Following complaints from the ACC and numerous cardiovascular practices, United Healthcare has extended the timeframe to submit Retrospective Notification for the Cardiology Notification Program from 14 to 30 calendar days. Effective Nov. 1, 2011, diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and electrophysiology (EP) implant procedures performed on an emergent basis, or during the course of an inpatient stay, can be submitted within 30 calendar days of the date of service. More

 

ACC Quality Initiatives

Quality Programs
Enhancing Cardiovascular Care

ACC's Quality Initiatives are designed to help cardiovascular professionals bridge the gaps between science and practice and ensure patient access to high-quality, appropriate and cost-effective care.

Imaging in "FOCUS"
PINNACLE Network
Hospital to Home (H2H)
Cardiology Practice Improvement Pathway (CPIP)
ACC Partners with Million Hearts
Door To Balloon (D2B) Alliance
HOS Personalizing Evidence, Improving Outcomes Click here to read the disclosure of relationship between ACC and HOS.
Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE)

 
 
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