NCDR Annual Conference

one person smilingThe energizing and ever-growing NCDR Annual Conference was held on March 13-15, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center located just outside Washington, D.C. and attended by more than 1600 healthcare professionals.  There were two pre-conferences, NCDR Orientation 101 and LAAO Registry, as well as two pre-conference workshops on accreditation, Cath Lab and Chest Pain, led by ACC Accreditation Services.

There were many other exciting sessions, several of which included nationally known health care leaders as speakers and panel members.  Robert Califf, MD, MACC, who is a champion of the value of real-world evidence, particularly from professional registries such as the NCDR, kicked off the conference by giving the Ralph G. Brindis Endowed Keynote Lecture.  Califf, a cardiovascular specialist and the immediate past U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, has focused on high-quality, credible evidence generation to inform patients, hospitals, and government regulatory agencies in terms of safety, efficacy and post-market surveillance, and to inform clinicians about best therapies.

Dr. Califf’s lecture validated the work of the quality analysts and all who work on a daily basis, often with too little recognition, to serve the goal of improving cardiovascular care for patients,” said Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, co-chair of NCDR.17.

Ben Harder was one of several notable speakers throughout the three-day conference.  Harder is the chief health analyst for U.S. News & World Report and oversees its Best Hospitals rankings at U.S. News & World Report, was recently recognized as one of the 60 most powerful people in health care in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review.  Harder, along with Karen Joynt, MD, MPH, from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, MACC, head of the NCDR Public Reporting Advisory Group, took part in a panel on public reporting. Two other speakers from the FDA, William Maisel, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, discussed the vision and priorities of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health by video.

Registry-specific concurrent workshops throughout the conference allowed attendees a deep-dive into individual registries and provided updates and opportunities to discuss data quality issues.  All sessions were recorded and may be purchased by visiting Sessions on Demand.

NCDR.18 will be held on March 7-9, 2018 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida.  Keep checking back to this website for more information.