WHAT’S NEW IN CLINICAL DOCUMENTS Societies Release Focused Update For HF Management Recommendations on two new heart failure (HF) medications are detailed in a focused update of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure, released May 20 by the ACC, American Heart Association (AHA) and Heart Failure Society of America, and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The focused update includes the addition of an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (valsartan/sacubitril), and a sinoatrial node modulator (ivabradine) to the list of treatment options for Stage C HF patients with a reduced ejection fraction. “This document details the benefits and risks of these new therapies so that patients at high risk can be directed towards alternative therapies,” explains Clyde W. Yancy, MD, Msc, MACC, chair of the writing committee. COUNCIL PERSPECTIVES FROM ACC’S MEMBER SECTIONS Council Perspective Shows Positive Impact of Emerging Faculty Program The ACC Emerging Faculty Program has had a large positive impact on its participants’ careers and abilities as educators, according to a Council Perspective from ACC’s Academic Cardiology Section published May 2 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. To assess the effectiveness of the program and its impact on participants’ careers, the program faculty and the Academic Cardiology Section conducted a survey of 130 participants. The results of the survey showed that a majority of participants progressed from instructor or assistant professor at the time of entering the program to associate or full professor. Further, participants noted that the program has had a large impact on their “ability to apply instructional design principles” (49 percent) and “present in face-to-face settings” (47 percent). Performance, Quality Measures Updated For Treating Afib Updated clinical performance and quality measures for treating adult patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) or atrial flutter have been expanded to include the inpatient setting, and now address care domains that were not previously included, such as patient safety, effective clinical care, communication and care coordination. The updated measure set was released June 27 by the ACC and the American Heart Association, and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “The writing committee believes that implementation of this clinical performance and quality measure set by providers, physician practices, and hospital systems will help to enhance the quality of care provided to patients with Afib in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and thereby improve their quality of life,” says Paul A. Heidenreich, MD, MS, FACC, chair of the writing committee. ACC Names New ACC.org Editor of Innovations Salim S. Virani, MD, FACC, has been chosen as the Editor of Innovations for ACC.org. Virani currently serves on the ACC.org editorial board as Team Lead for the Prevention Clinical Topic Collection. He is an associate professor of cardiology and cardiovascular research at Baylor College of Medicine, and has a particular interest in understanding provider behavior, including using technology to evaluate this data. JACC Retains Ranking as #1 CV Journal in the World; Fuster Celebrates Second Anniversary as JACC’s Editor in Chief For the third year in a row, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) ranked as the #1 cardiovascular journal in the world. According to the 2015 Impact Factors for Journals, JACC holds the top position among all 124 cardiovascular journals in scientific impact with its highest impact factor ever of 17. 759, up from 16.503 in 2014. These 2015 Impact Factor results are based on articles published during the 2013 and 2014 calendar years. The results also showed impact factors of 7.815, 7.630 and 7.218 for JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, and JACC: Heart Failure, respectively. Among all other cardiovascular journals, the ACC publishes four of the top 10 in the world. In a recent JACC Editor’s Page, Valentín Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, reflects on his second anniversary as editor in chief of the Journal. “I rarely think of what we have completed, and my mind continues to focus on changes that we must make to produce a high-quality journal,” he states. “Although our overarching objective will always be to publish high-quality clinical papers through a simple and insightful approach, certain important advocacy considerations may begin to enter the pages of JACC, when appropriate.” ACC Committee Nominations Opening Soon In crease your engagement with the ACC! Nominations for spots on ACC's major operating committees will open on Friday, Sept. 23 and close on Friday, Oct. 21. Members are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Recent governance changes have resulted in an increase in open committee positions to expand member involvement. Take advantage of this opportunity to make an impact on the work of the College. Applicants will be notified of results in January 2017. Nominate yourself or a colleague beginning, Sept. 23 at Services.ACC.org/CommitteeNominations. Additionally, the NCDR hosts independent committee nominations, which run from Aug. 15 to Sept. 16, and individuals can view openings and apply online at the same link as above. UAB Medicine Partners With ACC on Find Your Heart a Home The ACC is proud to announce UAB Medicine as a Find Your Heart a Home pilot partner. Find Your Heart a Home, a patient-facing marketing campaign in select U.S. cities, encourages cardiac patients and caregivers to use ACC’s public reporting tool, powered by CardioSmart, to find the right hospital for their cardiac care needs. As a partner in the pilot program, UAB Medicine is further demonstrating its dedication to quality improvement, transparency, and patient and provider engagement. Learn more at FindYourHeartaHome.org. Visit Expanded History Page on ACC.org Learn about pivotal moments in ACC and cardiology history on the newly renovated 'Our History' section of ACC.org at ACC.org/about-acc/ our-history. The updated section now includes expanded content within each of the drop-down sections that represent each decade of ACC’s more than 65 year history, and is intended to grow, change and expand as the College continues to make history. On the left side of the hub, you’ll find a new section that chronicles some key moments in the history of cardiology overall, pulled from the 2014 historical book “The Past is Prologue: The American College of Cardiology – 65 Years of Cardiovascular Innovation” that was authored by John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, past president of the ACC, and James S. Forrester, MD, FACC. NOTABLE NEWS New York Academy of Medicine Recognizes Two ACC Members Valentín Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, editor in chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was recently recognized by the New York Academy of Medicine as this year’s Urban Health Champion for his dedication and leadership in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. According to the President of the New York Academy of Medicine Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, “Dr. Fuster is a leader in the ongoing revolution in clinical and scientific research in cardiovascular disease, and this has led to his passion for prevention at the clinical and policy level worldwide.” The Academy also recently named Parag Goyal, MD, a member of ACC’s Geriatric Section Leadership Council, as the recipient of the prestigious 2016 – 2017 Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award in Cardiovascular Diseases for his research project, “Patient-Identified Contributors to Readmission Among Older Adults with Heart Failure (HF).” The award is a one-year, $70,000 grant awarded in support of research projects seeking better understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and that will advance the academic careers of young physician investigators. Goyal’s research project will address gaps in knowledge related to underappreciated contributors to 30-day hospital readmissions in older adults with HF. Adam Castano, MD, Receives ASE’s YIA Award Adam Castano, MD, a Fellow in Training at Columbia University in the Division of Cardiology in New York, NY, has been awarded the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE’s) Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award for his research, “Echocardiographic Predictors of Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis among Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.” As the 2016 winner, Castano will present his research at the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging’s EuroEcho-Imaging meeting in December, and the Japanese Society of Echocardiography’s Annual Scientific Meeting next spring. ACC IN TOUCH Follow @ACCCardioEd on Twitter for information on the latest ACC Education meetings, products and webinars. 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