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ACC combines NCDR, accreditation into one quality-focused meeting

ACC Quality Summit examines role of registries, quality campaigns and accreditation in quality and performance improvement efforts

American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology's first annual ACC Quality Summit merges the NCDR Annual Conference and ACC Accreditation Congress for the first time to optimize cardiovascular patient care. The conference brings together cardiovascular thought leaders, administrators, clinicians, clinical quality leaders and data quality experts. ACC Quality Summit begins on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in New Orleans.

"The ACC Quality Summit bridges quality improvement projects to improving cardiovascular care and patient outcomes. We're excited to bring together NCDR and Accreditation and achieve quality care by connecting the entire health care team to share their success stories," said Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, co-director of ACC Quality Summit. "Whether you're a CV admin seeking innovative solutions to improve your service line, a physician interested in promoting CV quality or a hospital administrator who wants to learn how NCDR/Accreditation can support your strategic goals, ACC Quality Summit has education and networking opportunities for all audiences, roles and experience levels."

At ACC Quality Summit, cardiovascular professionals who participate in the NCDR, ACC Quality Campaigns or have achieved ACC Accreditation will learn more about effectively translating data and quality programs into achieving care. Cardiovascular leaders and experts will help attendees focus on providing optimal patient care, achieving clinical outcomes excellence and capturing high-quality data to drive important clinical and service line decisions.

Zubin Damania, MD, this year's Ralph G. Brindis Keynote speaker, will discuss the importance of a team approach to quality and safety. Also known as "ZDoggMD," Damania is an internist and comedian known for educating patients and providers through satirizing the health care system.

Oral Presentations and Posters

Attendees submitted abstracts telling the story of changes they have implemented in their organization, including quality improvement projects, education approaches, innovative processes and research. The following abstracts are a selection of the posters being presented. To receive embargoed copies of these abstracts, see a full list of posters being presented or to speak to study authors, contact Katie Glenn at kglenn@acc.org. All posters and oral presentations are embargoed until Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. CT.

  • Improving Medication Communication (press release available)

  • Preparing for the Storm of Obstacles

  • Cardiovascular Care from the Frontier

  • The Village Concept in Cardiac Rehab

  • Utilization of a Mobile Integrated Health Model

This year three abstracts were selected for oral presentation during a general session at ACC Quality Summit:

  • Bleeding Avoidance Strategies in Cardiac Catheterization Procedures - A Single Center Experience

  • Early Follow Up Post AMI Discharge and the Impact on Readmission Rate; Experience from the ACC Patient Navigator Program

  • Improving the Utilization of i-STAT Troponin in Chest Pain Patients Quality Improvement Initiative

If you're interested in attending ACC Quality Summit, please contact Katie Glenn at kglenn@acc.org. Follow @Cardiology and #ACCCVQuality for the latest news from the meeting.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.

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