Quality Improvement for Institutions

ACC Public Reporting

ACC's Public Reporting efforts help institutions bridge gaps between science and practice to improve the quality of cardiovascular care delivery. Hospitals participating in ACC's NCDR programs have a unique opportunity to publicly showcase their commitment to continuous quality 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 that addresses the growing role of public reporting in health care. Read ACC's Public Reporting Mission Statement to learn more.

Find Your Heart a Home

Hospital Profiles

All hospitals participating in the NCDR have a Find Your Heart a Home Hospital Profile on CardioSmart.org, ACC's patient-focused initiative that educates and empowers patients throughout their heart health journey. Patients, caregivers and others can search Hospital Profiles based on location, hospital name or services provided to learn how participating hospitals are improving quality through the NCDR. In addition, the Find Your Heart a Home tool provides information on demographics and publicly reported data, which can help patients make informed choices based on the quality of care provided in their area.

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 in to NCDR site profiles. Any updates a registry site manager makes to their NCDR site profile will be reflected on their Hospital Profile within 24 hours.

Voluntary Hospital Public Reporting

Hospitals participating in the CathPCI Registry, Chest Pain - MI Registry and EP Device Implant 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • STEMI Performance Composite
  • Overall Defect Free Care Composite*

*Endorsed by the National Quality Forum

Participants of the CathPCI Registry, Chest Pain – MI Registry or EP Device Implant Registry can review their performance on publicly reported measures by logging in to their NCDR account, navigating to the registry Dashboard and selecting Hospital Public Reporting. Contact your hospital's registry site manager for help accessing the report.

CardioSmart's Find Your Heart a Home tool ranks participating hospitals using a four-star rating system that is based on accepted clinical thresholds. By default, hospitals that choose not to publicly report are listed as "not participating" on Find Your Heart a Home.

How to Participate in Voluntary Hospital Public Reporting

Hospitals interested in participating must submit a Data Release Consent Form for each registry. Additional details about the consent process and overall program are available here.

Key Documents

Improve Your Data Quality

Review the Data Quality Checklist, part of the Public Reporting Toolkit, to ensure your data is complete, accurate, reliable and valid. 

Questions and Comments

The ACC is available to answer hospital and stakeholder questions and comments between 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; and a brief description of your inquiry, including the affected registry.
  • By phone at 1-800-257-4737

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