Your ACC member publication, Cardiology, outlines relevant and timely topics for cardiovascular professionals each month. Easy to read online or in print, Cardiology is your not-to-miss source for clinical, professional and policy news. Engaging images, articles, scientific journal highlights, member profiles, expert commentary, and more are combined in a comprehensive round-up of news and resources for the entire cardiovascular community. Catch up on the latest issue and browse archives at ACC.org/Cardiology.
JACC Leadership Page: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiology at the State Level
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, chair of the ACC Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, Andrew Miller, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Board of Governors (BOG) and Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC, chair-elect of the ACC BOG discuss the College’s diversity and inclusion initiative and how ACC chapters provide immediate opportunities for member involvement. At this year’s Leadership Forum, the BOG tasked each chapter to develop and document diversity and inclusion activities in their State of the States reports this year, and to begin with an initiative to make 2018 the “Year of the Woman” by including a named lecture and Women in Cardiology (WIC) meeting in the chapter’s meeting agenda. Through a survey, the BOG was able to identify many examples of early success as well as opportunities for improvement. The have also identified initiatives for the BOG at large that will empower the diversity and inclusion strategy. “As we hold ourselves to accountable execution, we can expect a more diverse board and council representation, and a greater ability to support a diverse but highly competent cadre of members to succeed at higher levels within the College,” they write. “It is time for us to take action. We need all members to help fill in our gaps, confront inequities, and contribute to solutions. Share. Lead. Engage.” Read more.
ACC Celebrates Global Diversity Awareness Month This Past October
As part of ACC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in College membership and the cardiovascular workforce, the ACC shared content all October long on social media as part of Global Diversity Awareness Month. Follow @ACCinTouch to see how the College is showcasing the importance of diversity, and share your own content by tagging your D&I posts all year long with #TheFaceOfCardiology. To learn more about ACC’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit ACC.org/Diversity.
The October issue of Cardiology is now live! Read how cardiovascular disease differs by sex, gender, race and ethnicity; learn more about the evolution of personalized medicine; review the continuing impact of tobacco on cardiovascular disease; and view clinician and patient perspectives on management of familial hypercholesterolemia. Also in this issue: a recap of ACC’s 2018 Legislative Conference and first-ever Heart Failure Patient Forum and an overview of the College’s newest national quality campaign, Reduce the Risk: PCI Bleed. Finally, how do you stay physically active? Send your favorite fall outdoor photos to CardiologyEditor@ACC.org for an online photo gallery and selected photos in the December Cardiology. Follow Cardiology on Twitter using #CardiologyMag. Get the full issue at ACC.org/Cardiology.
JACC Editor’s Page: JACC Serving the Global Cardiovascular Community
In a recent Editor’s Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and ACC Executive Vice President William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, discuss the ways that JACC Journals and the ACC assist global cardiologists in providing lifelong learning for members. They note that as a true global cardiovascular journal, JACC has interacted and engaged with global cardiovascular colleagues by bringing on a team of eight international advisors; launching the JACC International section; publishing translated editions of JACC; offering Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification for all six JACC Journals and – in focus with international readers – offering clinicians up to 24 European Continuing Medical Education credits each year by completing online activities for select JACC articles. “Finding new, innovative ways to leverage technology and ensure cardiovascular professionals have the information and educational resources necessary to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health is what is expected and what will be delivered,” Fuster and Oetgen write. Read more. Visit ACC.org/JACCCredit to see certified activities.
The September issue of Cardiology is now live! This month we look at ACC’s preparation to embark on our next Strategic Plan and share an interview with new CEO, Timothy Attebery, about his vision for the future of the College and ACC members. Learn how the 3T program is ensuring a pipeline of educators in cardiology; find out how the PINNACLE Registry has been transforming cardiovascular care; and catch up on science highlights from ESC Congress 2018. Finally, check out the strides being made by grassroots advocacy; how FITs and EC professionals can successfully advocate locally and nationally; and remember the legacy of James T. Dove, MD, MACC, and health care reform.
Follow Cardiology on Twitter using #CardiologyMag. Get the full issue at ACC.org/Cardiology.
The ACC is seeking three individuals to serve as U.S. co-chairs for each of three ACC International Conferences: ACC Asia Conference, ACC Latin America Conference and ACC Middle East Conference, for a 3-year term. Interested candidates are encouraged to review the position description and complete the application form. A cover letter highlighting credentials as well as a curriculum vitae should be submitted along with the application, and are due to Becky Phillips, email@example.com, by Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Learn more about the position on ACC.org.
New Guideline Outlines Recommendations For Evaluating, Managing Bradycardia
A new guideline released Nov. 6 by the ACC, American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society outlines the clinical presentation and approach to clinical evaluation of patients who may have bradycardia or conduction diseases. The guideline includes recommendations addressing the selection and timing of diagnostic testing tools, as well as available treatment options such as lifestyle interventions, pharmacotherapy and external and implanted devices. Read more on ACC.org. Visit the Bradycardia and Cardiac Conduction Delay Guideline Hub on ACC.org for resources including a slide set, perspectives, apps and tools, and CardioSmart patient resources. The Bradycardia Guideline Hub on JACC also features tools including the central illustration.
Earlier this year, the ACC launched its overarching accreditation program, HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence for hospitals and health systems that demonstrate excellence in cardiovascular care through participation in multiple ACC Accreditation Services and/or NCDR programs. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler in Texas was recognized as the first HeartCARE Center in July. Since then, a total of seven facilities have achieved the designation, and several more hospitals will join their ranks soon. Learn how the HeartCARE Center designation can help hospitals and health systems underscore their commitment to ongoing quality improvement and achieve the best possible outcomes for cardiovascular patients in a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. ET. Representatives from CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler will share their perspectives and provide insights into how other hospitals and health systems can benefit. Register now. Learn more about the HeartCARE Center designation at CVQuality.ACC.org/HeartCARECenter.
Webinar: Expert Tips for Publishing in JACC Journals and Cardiovascular Health Promotion
Join Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m. ET, to learn techniques and strategies for publishing in high-impact journals. During this free webinar intended for new and experienced researchers, Dr. Fuster will share his expertise in working with researchers and authors throughout the research publishing cycle; uncover strategies for developing papers for premium publications; and discuss the opportunities journals present to broadly disseminate findings. Evidence of the potential reach and impact of published research, Dr. Fuster will also present on the recent JACC Cardiovascular Health Promotion Series and how preventing cardiovascular disease is as important as treating it. Don’t miss this engaging webinar and how it can benefit your authoring process and the impact of your research. Register for the webinar here.
Groundbreaking JACC Series Examines Top Eight CV Risk Factors and How to Prevent Them
An innovative eight-week Cardiovascular Health Promotion Series published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) provides health care professionals with an in-depth examination of the eight risk factors and behaviors that contribute most to cardiovascular disease development. Highlighting the importance of a preventive approach rather than a focus on the treatment of symptoms, each state-of-the-art review assesses the pathophysiological effects of each risk factor, personal and social contributors, key factors that help end risk-related behavior, and competencies for providers. The series addresses diet, tobacco, cholesterol, blood pressure, psychological health, weight, physical activity and blood sugar. Visit JACC.org/Collection/FocusSeminar for links to each paper in the series.
On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule, addressing Medicare payment rates and policy provisions for physicians in 2019. Per the final ruling, physicians will see a 0.1 percent conversion factor payment increase on Jan. 1, 2019. CMS estimates that cardiology payments will neither increase nor decrease from 2018 to 2019, though estimates are based on cardiovascular practice in its entirety and can vary widely depending on the mix of services provided in a practice. In a significant positive shift reflecting ACC Advocacy efforts, proposed changes to evaluation and management (E/M) payment were both altered and/or delayed until 2021 in the final ruling. The rule also includes updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2019 performance period. Clinicians and groups participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) are subject to payment adjustments of up to +/- 7 percent in 2021. Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) participants remain eligible for a +5 percent lump sum bonus. Review additional highlights on ACC.org.
JACC Leadership Page: The ACC Is Your Advocate
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, ACC President, and Thad F. Waites, MD, MACC, Chair of the ACC’s Health Affairs Committee, discuss this year’s ACC Legislative Conference. During the three-day advocacy training, participants discussed the proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, approaches to state advocacy, relationship-building, social media and more. In meetings with members of Congress, participants were able to thank members for their votes in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, request continued congressional oversight of issues that adversely affect patient care and contribute to administrative burden and urge ongoing support for public health and medical research. This year, there was an enhanced focus on the collaborative efforts of the ACC and partner cardiovascular societies and how we can accomplish more when we work together. Valentine and Waites challenge ACC members to build on the advocacy efforts of those who were able to attend the Legislative Conference through emails to lawmakers, in-district visits to members of Congress, “Cardiologist for a Day” programs, participation in ACC Chapter or partner society lobby days, and more. “The ACC is your home—make your voice heard,” they write. Read more.
Join the ACC in recognizing National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November to raise awareness about how important hospice and palliative care is to all ages. To help these patients know what to expect and better understand their health, ACC’s CardioSmart team created a palliative care resource with information on how to plan for the future. Also check out the College’s Advance Care Planning Toolkit with success metrics and strategies to understand, integrate and document advance care planning into routine practice. The toolkit was developed by members of ACC’s Geriatric Cardiology Section Palliative Care Work Group. Learn more about the toolkit at CVQuality.ACC.org. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #MyHospice and tagging @ACCinTouch.
The ACC has developed several Shared Decision-Making Tools to help patients and clinicians work as a team when deciding on specific treatment options. Shared decision-making encourages patients to consider their values when working with their providers to develop a treatment plan. In addition, shared decision-making can lead to improved outcomes because patients have more information their disease and are more likely to understand the risks and benefits of treatment options. As new options for cardiovascular disease management and treatment become available, it is increasingly important to allow patients’ values and perspectives to play a role in making treatment decisions. The ACC offers tools on atrial fibrillation, aortic stenosis and heart failure to help patients and their caregivers understand the latest research and treatment options. Learn more and download the Shared Decision-Making Tools for free at CardioSmart.org/DecisionAids.
Check Out ACC’s Latest HF Resources
The ACC has developed several Shared Decision-Making tools to help patients and clinicians work together when deciding on certain treatment options. The Heart Failure Decision Aid helps patients diagnosed with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) choose which renin-angiotensin inhibitor drug, including sacubitril/valsartan, is right for them. Learn more at CardioSmart.org/HFDecisionAids. For additional resources, check out the Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies Clinical Topic Collection on ACC.org. In addition, ACC’s TreatHF clinical app helps clinicians confirm which therapies are recommended for symptomatic heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction and provides guidance for each treatment.
Check Out ACC’s Latest TAVR Resources
The ACC has developed several Shared Decision-Making Tools to help patients and clinicians work together when deciding on certain treatment options. The Aortic Stenosis: TAVR/SAVR Decision Aid guides patients with severe aortic stenosis who are deciding between TAVR and surgery or TAVR and medical management. Learn more at CardioSmart.org/TAVRDecisionAids. For more resources, check out the TAVR In-Hospital Mortality Risk clinical app. In addition, the ACC, along with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, recently released an updated Expert Consensus Systems of Care document regarding operator and institutional recommendations and requirements for TAVR.
With one in two medications not taken as prescribed, causing as much as 50% of treatment failures, medication adherence is a crucial part of cardiovascular care. ACC’s CardioSmart team recently updated the Medication Adherence Infographic to guide patients in taking their medication in right doses, the right way and at the right time. The updated infographic includes tips to help patients take their medication properly, and can be downloaded for free. For more information and resources on this topic, visit CardioSmart.org/Meds.
ACC’s Official Social Media Policy and Hashtag Guide
ACC has release its official social media policy on ACC.org – along with a handy guide to ACC’s official hashtags. Access both here.
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.org/ACCinTouch.
ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on ACC.org? As a member, you have access to this wealth of information at www.acc.org/WebinarsOndemand. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CMS Releases Final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule, addressing Medicare payment rates and policy provisions for physicians in 2019. Per the final ruling, physicians will see a 0.1 percent conversion factor payment increase on…
Acknowledge National Hospice and Palliative Care Month This November Join the ACC in recognizing National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November to raise awareness about how important hospice and palliative care is to all ages. To help these patients know what to expect and better understand their health, ACC’s CardioSmart team created a palliative…
New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guideline Allows For More Personalized Care; New Treatment Options The new 2018 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol was released this morning during AHA 2018 in Chicago and simultaneously published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. The new guideline updates its 2013 predecessor and provides…
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