New Cardiac Rehab Performance and Quality Measures Released

A comprehensive set of performance and quality measures for patients who are eligible to participate in cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) were released by the ACC and American Heart Association, in collaboration with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, on March 29 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The new measure set includes six performance measures and three quality measures, and updates the original measure set released in 2007 and the 2010 focused update. They build upon recent evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and scientific statements, and include feedback from peer review and public comments. Read more on

ACC, Medscape Launch Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence

The ACC and Medscape recently launched a new Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence, which includes original content and updates on the latest trials, statements and commentary affecting patient treatment and outcomes. The second of ACC and Medscape’s co-branded Centers of Excellence, the new center will deliver practical, actionable insights to cardiologists, internists and other physicians treating patients with AFib. The first center highlighting cardiovascular risk reduction launched in March.

ACC PINNACLE Advance Care Planning Toolkit Now Available

The ACC recently launched the PINNACLE Advance Care Planning Toolkit to help providers understand, integrate and document advance care planning into their routine practice. The toolkit helps the cardiovascular care team consistently implement advance care planning in the outpatient setting for all patients. Developed by experts in the field and members of ACC’s Geriatric Cardiology Section Palliative Care Work Group, the toolkit currently offers two resources: the Advanced Care Planning “Terms to Know” and the “Conducting the Conversation” tool. Find out more and download the toolkit at