Cardiology Magazine Sep.-Oct. 2011 : Page 1

From the President Inside this Issue Your ACC: Holding Hands and Sticking Together! September – October 2011 6 Cover Story PINNACLE Network: Providing a Roadmap for Navigating Changing Cardiovascular Practice Blair Erb, MD, FACC, and William Oetgen MD, FACC, discuss advancing clinical care and highlight the ACC’s PINNACLE Network. Cardiology SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2011 VOL. 40, NO. 5 A MEMBER PUBLICA TION OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY S eptember has been a busy month for the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Not only did more than 350 cardiologists from across the country descend on Capitol Hill for the 2011 Legislative Conference (see page 16), we also had great news from Delaware about the use of our FOCUS: Cardiovascular Imaging Strategies tool by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware to ensure appropriate use of imaging (see page 19). Each of these events serves as a testament to the true value of the ACC. We are rising to meet the many challenges posed by the rapidly changing health care system and a weakened economy and we are doing a good job. This issue of Cardiology provides a closer look at the many ways the College is working to meet the needs of its members and shape the future of health care policy. “Practice changes require not only cardiovascular care providers to rethink processes, but specialty societies like the ACC to do so as well,” writes Blair Erb, MD, FACC, and William Oetgen, MD, FACC, in the cover story (see page 6). They go on to describe the roles the PINNACLE Network and PINNACLE Registry are helping us do just that! Also in this issue, Paul Casale, MD, FACC, and Len Nichols, PhD, editor-in-chief of our new Payment Innovations Community, provide a look at the challenges associated with payment reform and the need for real discussions and sharing of best strategies to find a system or systems that reward quality, cost-effective and appropriate care. We also hear from the directors of the upcoming Cardiovascular Care Summit in January about the many ways the Summit is shaping up to positively affect change in the practice environment whether academic, practice-based or a new integrated model. Finally, this September the College also had a unique opportunity to participate in a special UN Summit focused on non-communicable diseases. This is only the second Summit of its kind in history (see story page 27). It’s important for all of us to remember that cardiovascular disease has no boundaries and I’m excited to see the College assuming a leadership role in the global health policy arena. In a recent “President’s Page” in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, I quoted author Robert Fulghum in his book “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” He notes, “when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.” This issue of Cardiology is a reminder of the many ways we, as the cardiovascular community, are holding hands (sweaty palms and all) to ensure continued success in improving cardiovascular health around the globe. NAVIGATING THE PRACTICE LANDSCAPE 2 ACC News Continue ACC’s Tradition by Renewing Your Membership ACCF Industry Training Program Aims to Improve Interactions with Industry Personnel Apply or Nominate a Peer for an ACC Committee 21 Practice Management Demonstrating Practice Quality with the Cardiovascular Practice Improvement Pathway The Value of Information Technology for Physicians ACC members Report on Experiences with the EHR Incentive Program 5 ACC Online Only in Cardiology Online! A Season of Change: New Developments on CardioSource. org 24 Chapters and Leadership Adjusting ACC Strategy to Meet Member Needs ACC’s BOG Working for Members 9 Commentary CV Sunnit Looks to the Future of Cardiology 26 International ACC Part of Successful European Society of Cardiology Congress ACC Participates in a Landmark UN Summit on NCDs 10 Science & Quality Time is Muscle: Advancing STEMI Care with the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition Stunning Improvements in D2B Times in the U.S. H2H Webinar Examines Best Practices for Ensuring Early Follow-Up After Discharge A Closer Look at Costs, Benefits of Dabigatran 28 Education The Pathway to Learning at ACC.12 and ACC-i2 with TCT New CardioSurve and credo Survey Reveals What Cardiologists Believe Will Assist Them In Reducing Disparities Patient Health Literacy: A Growing Concern 14 Advocacy Payment Reform Key to Achieving Improved Quality, Lower Costs 2011 Legislative Conference: 20 Years of Storming the Hill Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware to Support Use of ACC’s FOCUS Tool 32 Communities Expectations of Today’s Cardiovascular Medical Director 34 Patient-Centered Care Walk with a Doc: The Secret to Patient, Practice Success David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, FACC President Cover illustration by James Shepherd

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September has been a busy month for the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Not only did more than 350 cardiologists from across the country descend on Capitol Hill for the 2011 Legislative Conference (see page 16), we also had great news from Delaware about the use of our FOCUS: Cardiovascular Imaging Strategies tool by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware to ensure appropriate use of imaging (see page 19) . Each of these events serves as a testament to the true value of the ACC. We are rising to meet the many challenges posed by the rapidly changing health care system and a weakened economy and we are doing a good job.<br /> <br /> This issue of Cardiology provides a closer look at the many ways the College is working to meet the needs of its members and shape the future of health care policy.“Practice changes require not only cardiovascular care providers to rethink processes, but specialty societies like the ACC to do so as well,” writes Blair Erb, MD, FACC, and William Oetgen, MD, FACC, in the cover story (see page 6). They go on to describe the roles the PINNACLE Network and PINNACLE Registry are helping us do just that!<br /> <br /> Also in this issue, Paul Casale, MD, FACC, and Len Nichols, PhD, editor-in-chief of our new Payment Innovations Community, provide a look at the challenges associated with payment reform and the need for real discussions and sharing of best strategies to find a system or systems That reward quality, cost-effective and appropriate care. We also hear from the directors of the upcoming Cardiovascular Care Summit in January about the many ways the Summit is shaping up to positively affect change in the practice environment whether academic, practice-based or a new integrated model.<br /> <br /> Finally, this September the College also had a unique opportunity to participate in a special UN Summit focused on noncommunicable diseases. This is only the second Summit of its kind in history (see story page 27). It’s important for all of us to remember that cardiovascular disease has no boundaries and I’m excited to see the College assuming a leadership role in the global health policy arena.<br /> <br /> In a recent “President’s Page” in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, I quoted author Robert Fulghum in his book “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” He notes, “when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.” This issue of Cardiology is a reminder of the many ways we, as the cardiovascular community, are holding hands (sweaty palms and all) to ensure continued success in improving cardiovascular health around the globe.<br /> <br /> David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, FACC President

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