Quality Improvement for Institutions


NCDR.18 Annual Conference eSyllabus

Course Overview/Statement of Need

The NCDR is the recognized resource for measuring and quantifying outcomes and identifying gaps in the delivery of quality cardiovascular patient care in the United States. Participants in the NCDR registries need to improve their knowledge and competence regarding their participation in and use of the NCDR registries in order to improve the quality of cardiovascular patient care in their facilities.

CME/CNE Credit and Evaluation

Feedback from this American College of Cardiology (ACC) educational course helps us to better target ACC educational initiatives and efforts to support you and your future learning needs. In order to receive CME/CNE certificate or certificate of participation, attendees completed two steps in sequential order within one month of the conference:

Step One: Submit poster and session ratings, in real time, using the NCDR.18 mobile app.

  • For posters – go to the ‘posters’ icon found on the NCDR.18 app home page or main menu survey option.
  • For sessions – go to the session in the NCDR.18 mobile app or use the main menu survey option.

Step Two: After the conference received an email with a link to answer additional NCDR.18 conference questions.

We strongly recommend submitting evaluations and credit claims within ONE month, but attendees must complete them within three months of the course. Credit-claiming will not be available after that time.

If attendees do not receive an email with the link to the evaluation survey soon after the conference, or if you have questions, please contact the NCDR Service Center at 800-257-4737 or email ncdr@acc.org,or contact the Education Department at assessments@acc.org.

Once steps 1 -2 are completed attendees receive their respective CME/CNE certificate or certificate of participation.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

Attendees wishing to receive ASRT Continuing Education (CE) credit submitted their ASRT form onsite at NCDR.18.


Abstracts and articles contained in this course guide have been reprinted with permission.

This information was provided for general medical education purposes only and not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a clinician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient’s medical condition.

The American College of Cardiology does not warrant the completeness, accuracy or usefulness of any opinions, advice, services or other information provided through this activity. In no event will ACC be liable for any decision made, or action taken, in reliance upon the information provided through this activity.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ACC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

ACC reserves the right to modify faculty and course without notice.

Goals and Learner Objectives

The overall goal of this course was to enhance the knowledge and competency of NCDR professionals to enable them to effectively translate data into quality improvement.

Upon completion of this program, attendees should be able to:

  • Exchange experiences of real-world quality initiatives during the certified poster presentation and networking sessions
  • Identify resources for navigating challenging questions that help interpret clinical scenarios and, in turn, improve data entry accuracy
  • Apply tools and techniques that help teams effectively use registry data for quality improvement efforts
  • Promote improved documentation accuracy and completeness by recognizing and articulating its impact on hierarchical risk models, as well as the relationship between guideline practice and risk models
  • Identify the methodology and purpose of AUC as it is applied through the NCDR registries to procedures performed in participating institutions

Target Audience

This program was intended for:

  • NCDR Registry site managers and data coordinators who are interested in data integrity and data quality
  • Nurses, physicians and managers who oversee operational and/or administrative processes of care for cardiovascular patients or who provide direct patient care
  • Hospital administrators who want to learn how the NCDR can support their strategic goals
  • Quality improvement professionals who lead organizational performance improvement efforts
  • Technical personnel who are interested in integration, implementation and lifecycle maintenance of the NCDR database registries

Credit Information


The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC Provider number 0019).

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19 continuing nursing education contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly provided or jointly provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors, in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in certified educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the education activity.

ACCF assesses conflicts of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE-certified activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through course directors, ACCF education staff and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff involved with this activity has nothing to disclose.


Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, FACC
Kathleen Hewitt, DNP, RN, AACC

Nurse Planner
Kimberly Marshall, BSN, RN, CPHQ, AACC
Faculty Biographies
Faculty Disclosures

Curriculum Development and Planning Workgroups

The NCDR Annual Conference was planned by the NCDR.18 Curriculum Development Work Group and registry-specific planning work groups, each of which included front-line participants, physicians and ACC staff. These multidisciplinary teams brought a range of expertise and viewpoints to the learning program.

Curriculum Development and Planning Workgroup Disclosures

NCDR.18 Posters

The NCDR annual conference was all about unleashing the power of data. What better way to illustrate this than by telling real-life success stories? This year, NCDR participants submitted abstracts detailing stories of changes they implemented in their organizations – quality improvement projects, education approaches, innovative processes and research. Abstracts were selected to be developed into posters, which will be displayed and presented at the conference. Poster sessions always generate energy and excitement as authors generously shared their experiences and solutions.

  • Poster Author Disclosures
  • Poster Abstract Reviewer Disclosures

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