JACC Leadership Page: Tackling the Quadruple Aim

“A robust, diverse, and healthy workforce is key to achieving the College’s new vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes,” writes C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, in his first Leadership Page as ACC president. As such, he emphasizes the importance of incorporating professional wellbeing into ongoing discussions about improved outcomes and cost savings. “Like most things, there is a need to grow and adapt over time,” he writes. “Although the focus on better outcomes, improved care, and lower costs is still fundamental, increasing administrative, regulatory, and professional burdens are leading to clinician burnout and running counter to the goals of the triple aim. This has led to a call for a fourth aim addressing professional well-being.” Valentine highlights the many things the College is already doing to address the “Quadruple Aim,” including helping members navigate new federal reporting and payment requirements; finding ways to increase diversity and inclusion in the workforce; exploring innovative ways to relieve administrative and maintenance of certification burdens; and more. Looking ahead, he also notes that addressing the Quadruple Aim is a key element of the College’s strategic priorities and next Strategic Plan. “For the majority of physicians, we practice medicine because of our passion for improving and saving the lives of patients,” he writes. “We can and must take care of ourselves to best take care of those we took an oath to serve.” Read more.