Cardiology Magazine — July-August 2011
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From The President

The ACC: Doing Our Part to Transform Patient Health, Education and Science

“Taking medication as directed may seem elementary for most patients, but nonadherence among people with chronic disease is a complex and widespread problem,” writes ACC CEO Jack Lewin, MD, in this issue’s cover story. He goes on to write that “this is particularly true in cardiology, where nonadherence can lead to serious consequences like hospitalization, cardiac events and death.”

Given the increasing focus by government and others on improving the quality of health care and reducing costs, medication adherence is a relatively easy way that we as cardiovascular professionals can do our part. I encourage all of you to read this article and also join the Cardiology online discussion on ways we can address this problem.

Also in this issue, don’t miss a special interview with ACC.12 Co- Chairs Rick Nishimura, MD, FACC, and Patrick O’Gara, MD, FACC, on their plans for Chicago next March. These two men have truly risen to my challenge of thinking outside the proverbial box when it comes to creating a new paradigm for annual meeting education for the next generation. The changes they are implementing are truly innovative and exciting. Registration opens in September and I encourage everyone to attend!

As this issue was going to press, I found myself representing the College before an FDA Advisory Committee panel looking at transcatheter valve therapy (TVT), along with my counterparts from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

This potentially transformational technology provides an opportunity for government, industry, and medical societies to collaborate and work together to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. An overview of the hearing, as well as a summary of the recent ACC/STS societal overview on TVT, are included on page 16.

Finally, don’t miss other important features discussing new research from the NCDR®, sleep apnea and an overview of CMS’ proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2012. These articles, along with a discussion forum and additional late-breaking coverage, also are now available online at CardiologyMagazine. IPad and iPhone users are also strongly encouraged to download the new Cardiology app.

From the ACC to You!

David R. Holmes, MD, FACC President