The theme of this issue of Cardiology is membership and the many ways the College is working to be the professional home for all members of the cardiovascular care team. You’ll read articles about how the College is reaffirming the importance of professionalism; how there are growing opportunities for member engagement; how the College is transforming cardiovascular education through programs like the Annual Scientific Session; how we are shaping the future of health policy through our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill; and more. This issue also touches on the most important issues currently facing our profession and explains how the College is helping its members overcome these obstacles. We recently learned that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has announced plans to offer a new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessment option beginning in January 2018. MOC continues to rank among the top concerns of our internal medicine members, with the 10-year examination being the largest obstacle. We applaud ABIM’s move in the direction of more flexibility in MOC requirements; however, we will need more details to see how it aligns with ACC’s proposals. While all of us would prefer a rapid solution to this issue, we do understand the need to get this right. Moving forward, the College will continue to work on the details of the rollout, give input to ABIM, and work toward a solution that is in the best interest of members and our patients. In this issue’s Heart of Health Policy section, you’ll read that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released proposed regulations to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The ACC has been engaged in conversations with the cardiovascular community as well as CMS about the intricacies of implementing this law – and these conversations have been positive and productive. The College will be submitting comments in response to the proposed regulations that support members' ability to succeed in the programs through the delivery of high quality cardiovascular care. Additional information will be forthcoming as the ACC reviews and analyzes the proposals. Lastly, in this issue’s Get to Know Your Leaders column, you’ll learn more about the seven members of the College’s Governance Committee – comprised of past Board of Trustees (BOT), Board of Governors and section members. The Committee was convened to serve in an advisory role to the BOT to ensure thoughtful implementation of the governance changes across the College over the next few years and to ensure that the Board and its committees continue to perform efficiently and effectively for all members. Overall, it’s quite an exciting time for our profession – chalk full of challenges and opportunities. As president, it is my pleasure and responsibility to ensure the College is doing everything it can to support our members as we all strive to deliver the best care possible. Rick Chazal, MD, FACC ACC President
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