JACC Leadership Page: Helping ACC Members Deliver Higher-Quality Care

In a Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC discusses the ACC’s efforts to deliver high-quality care to patients. These efforts include appropriate use criteria, NCDR registries and formal principles to guide members and payers. In the last five years, the College has moved to focusing on development of resources as well as national quality campaigns and initiatives. Looking forward, the goal is to create a suite of tools to help members drive quality improvement in their practices. “The ACC’s new vision calls for the creation of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes,” Valentine writes. “Our core values, in part, call for us to hold ourselves and our profession to the highest standards of evidence and knowledge; constructively challenge the status quo through innovation; and promote a culture of continuous improvement and lifelong learning. We are no longer just a knowledge organization, but a place where individual and institutional members can find the resources and tools to drive higher quality.” Read more.

JACC Leadership Page: Geriatric Cardiology: Two Decades of Progress and Strategy for the Future

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC, ACC secretary and chair of the ACC Board of Governors; Mathew Maurer, MD, FACC, immediate-past chair of the ACC Geriatric Cardiology Section Leadership Council and Karen P. Alexander, MD, FACC, chair of the Council, discuss the evolution of geriatric cardiology at the College and how the Council plans to align with the goals of the upcoming strategic plan. Since becoming a member section in 2011, the Geriatric Cardiology Member Section has grown to one of the largest member sections of the College and seeks to include members from across the cardiovascular care team. The section seeks to provide a knowledge base for geriatric cardiology, collaborate with other councils and committees regarding the care of older adults, and provide a forum to share experiences relevant to the care of older patients with cardiovascular disease. “The ACC has demonstrated its commitment to address the aging demographic through support of geriatric cardiology education and training,” the authors write. “This is a great time to be in geriatric cardiology.” Read more.

Cardiology: Interventions: Genetic Testing For Clopidogrel “Resistance”; Research from SCAI, HRS, EuroPCR

The latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions highlights key trials from SCAI, HRS and EuroPCR and provides a closer look at the potential for axillary artery access for large bore catheter interventions. Editor-in-Chief Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, also reviews what current evidence tells us about genetic testing for clopidogrel “resistance” and what may be effective strategies for prescribing P2Y12 inhibitors. Also get key points to remember about Takotsubo Syndrome from a new international consensus document and don’t miss a conversation with Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, on diversity and inclusion in interventional cardiology.  Get the full issue at ACC.org/CardiologyInterventions

Latest issue of Cardiology: Diversity and Inclusion Take Center Stage; More

The June issue of Cardiology is now live! This month’s cover story – One Mission. One Vision. Many Voices – shines a spotlight on the ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and offers first-hand looks at some of the opportunities and challenges associated with making both the College and the profession more diverse and inclusive. Also in this issue, don’t miss an update on the contemporary management of post-MI myocardial rupture; get a brief look at today’s treatment for pulmonary hypertension; learn about the Trump Administration’s drug pricing blueprint; and get tips for talking with patients about pregnancy and heart disease. Follow Cardiology on Twitter using #CardiologyMag. Get the full issue at ACC.org/Cardiology