PINNACLE Registry Celebrates 10 Years

The ACC’s PINNACLE Registry is celebrating 10 years of quality improvement. As the largest outpatient registry in cardiology, the PINNACLE Registry was the first to examine physician care processes and patient outcomes in coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Since its launch in 2008, the PINNACLE Registry continues to provide real-world insight into the effect of new guidelines and drugs like novel oral anticoagulants and statins on patient care. The PINNACLE Registry also addresses the myriad of challenges facing cardiovascular practices, including the emergence of reimbursement models based on efficiency and value and the rise of new, untested business arrangements. Over the past decade, practices have used the registry to meet federal quality reporting requirements under the Physician Quality Reporting System, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program and, most recently, the Quality Payment Program. Today, the PINNACLE Registry provides a unique opportunity for cardiovascular practices to enable practice innovation and clinical excellence. Check out PINNACLE Registry tools and resources, including the newly launched PINNACLE Advance Care Planning Toolkit, which helps providers understand, integrate and document advance care planning into their routine practice. Learn more.

New ACC HeartCARE Center Designation Will Recognize Excellence in Cardiovascular Care

The ACC has announced a new overarching accreditation program – HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence – for institutions that demonstrate excellence in cardiovascular care through participation in multiple ACC Accreditation and NCDR programs. Hospitals can achieve the designation – the highest recognition from ACC – by meeting a set of criteria that can be realized through participation in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, as well as ACC’s NCDR programs and other targeted quality improvement efforts. According to Phillip Levy, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of ACC’s Accreditation Management Board, the HeartCARE Center designation “is designed to shine a light on the elite group of U.S. hospitals that are going above and beyond to ensure each patient that comes through their doors has access to consistent, highest-quality cardiovascular care.” Learn more at CVQuality.ACC.org/HeartCARECenter.

ACC Seeks Comments on Data Standards For Transthoracic Echocardiography by July 5

The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the 2018 ACC/AHA/ASE Key Data Elements and Definitions for Transthoracic Echocardiography. The document aims to provide a standardized set of data elements and definition specific to transthoracic echocardiography. Comments are due by July 5. Access the document and public comment response form here.

ACC Launches Chest Pain – MI Registry, Expanding Scope of Former ACTION Registry

The ACC has announced that the name of its ACTION Registry will change to Chest Pain – MI Registry, effective June 26. With the new name, the registry will continue as the nation’s largest quality improvement program for patients with acute myocardial infarction and will expand to include patients with acute coronary syndromes. Beginning in fall 2018, the registry will fully support data requirements for ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation program. In addition, the registry’s expanded scope will facilitate collaboration across multiple providers and specialists who manage care for these patients, including emergency department clinicians and emergency medical services providers. Visit CVQuality.ACC.org/ChestPainMIRegistry to learn more.