Quality Improvement for Institutions


ACC Public Reporting

ACC's voluntary hospital public reporting effort helps institutions bridge gaps between science and practice to improve the quality of cardiovascular care they deliver. Hospitals participating in ACC’s NCDR registries have a unique opportunity to publicly showcase their commitment to continuous improvement and lead the way toward a more transparent health care system.

Public reporting is a strategic objective of the College. The ACC also has developed a health policy statement addressing the growing role of public reporting in health care. Learn more about ACC's Public Reporting mission.

Hospital Profiles

All hospitals participating in the NCDR have a hospital profile established on CardioSmart.org. CardioSmart is ACC’s patient-focused initiative aimed at educating and empowering patients at each stage of their heart health journey. Through these profiles, patients, caregivers and others are able to search hospitals based on specific criteria (location, hospital name, services provided, etc.) and learn about every participating hospital’s quality measurement efforts through the NCDR. 

To find your hospital's profile page:

  1. Go to the Find Your Heart a Home tool
  2. Search for your hospital's name
  3. Click on "Go to profile page" under your hospital's name

Hospital profile pages reflect the same information that registry site managers input into their NCDR site profile. Any updates a registry site manager makes to their NCDR site profile will be reflected on CardioSmart.org within 24 hours.

Voluntary Hospital Public Reporting

Hospitals participating in the CathPCI Registry and ICD Registry (and coming soon to the Chest Pain - MI Registry!) have the option to take part in ACC's public reporting effort. Eligible hospitals that voluntarily agree to report their data from these registries can publicly demonstrate their commitment to quality improvement.

The following measures have been identified for public reporting:

Chest Pain - MI Registry

  • STEMI Performance Composite (Urgent Heart Attack Care)
  • Overall Defect Free Care Composite* (All Heart Attack Care)

*Endorsed by the National Quality Forum

ICD Registry

  • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor/Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ACE/ARB) Therapy at Discharge for ICD Implant Patients With Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)
  • Beta Blocker at Discharge for ICD Implant Patients With a Previous Myocardial Infarction
  • Beta Blocker at Discharge for ICD Implant Patients With LVSD
  • Composite: Discharge Medications (ACE/ARB and beta blockers) in Eligible ICD Implant Patients

CathPCI Registry

  • Proportion of PCI Patients With Aspirin Prescribed at Discharge
  • Proportion of PCI Patients (who Received a Stent) With a P2Y12 Inhibitor Prescribed at Discharge
  • Proportion of PCI Patients With a Statin Prescribed at Discharge
  • Proportion of PCI Patients With Aspirin, Statin and/or P2Y12 inhibitor (if Eligible) Prescribed at Discharge

Individual hospital performance in publicly reported measures is available for review on the ‘Other Reports’ tab of the registry dashboard once logged into the NCDR as a CathPCI Registry or an ICD Registry participant. For help obtaining access to this report, contact your hospital's registry site manager.

CardioSmart’s Find Your Heart a Home ranks participating hospitals according to a four-star rating system, based on accepted clinical thresholds. Hospitals choosing not to publicly report are listed as "not participating.” The Find Your Heart a Home tool provides patients and caregivers with access to demographics and publicly reported data, which can help them make informed choices based on the quality of care provided in their area.

How to Participate in Voluntary Hospital Public Reporting

Hospitals interested in voluntary publicly reporting should submit a Data Release Consent Form for each registry they plan to report on. Further details about the consenting process and overall program content can be found here.

Key Documents

Improve Your Data Quality

A Data Quality Checklist is available to help hospitals develop, review and monitor their processes in order to produce complete and accurate data. This checklist is part of ACC’s Public Reporting Toolkit found on the Clinical Toolkits page.

Questions and Comments

The ACC is available to answer any hospital and stakeholder questions and comments between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. You can reach us:

  • By email at NCDR@acc.org. Please include your full name, institution name, address, phone number, a brief description of your inquiry (including the impacted registry) and use the subject line “CardioSmart Public Reporting.”
  • By phone at 800-257-4737

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