Quality Improvement for Institutions
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PINNACLE Registry®

The PINNACLE Registry® is cardiology's largest outpatient quality improvement registry, capturing data on coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Participation offers many advantages, including:

  • The ability to easily collect data on coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation
  • Easy-to-interpret online benchmark reports available from the PINNACLE Interactive Portal that help you validate the quality care you provide and pinpoint opportunities for improvement
  • Seamless participation in federal quality reporting programs including the Quality Payment Program
  • Access to participate in ACC-sponsored continuing education programs
  • The opportunity to advance cardiovascular care through participation in the PINNACLE Research Alliance
  • PINNACLE-AF, a unique platform to help you focus on best practices in atrial fibrillation treatments and next-generation anticoagulants

PINNACLE Registry Research Alliance

The PINNACLE Registry Research Alliance links geographically diverse cardiologists with the PINNACLE Registry’s comprehensive data system to further best practices and quality improvement in real-world clinical settings. This offers CV practices a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in a range of clinical trials, observational studies and investigator development programs that are designed to advance CV care.

There is no participation fee to be part of the Alliance and there is no obligation to participate in any opportunity. Participating practices can decide which studies, trials or programs they participate in.

Enroll in the PINNACLE Registry Research Alliance to:

  • Help your patients access therapies not available outside of CV trials
  • Use cutting-edge research results to improve your practice and patient care
  • Participate in studies that will shape tomorrow’s best practices in CV care
  • Begin or advance your research career with the support of a strong research network and superior clinical informatics
  • Gain greater exposure within the scientific community as an author or co-author of groundbreaking publications

Submit the request form to join the Alliance as an existing PINNACLE Registry participant. For questions about the PINNACLE Registry Research Alliance, please contact us at 800-257-4737 or PinnResearch@ACC.org.


Prior authorization requirements for cardiovascular drugs pose significant challenges to ensuring patients receive the right treatment at the right time. A 2017 ACC survey showed that 78 percent of respondents consider prior authorization and the associated documentation a heavy administrative burden and one of the greatest barriers to providing patients with the benefits of new therapies. In addition, a November 2017 study in JAMA Cardiology found that less than one-third of patients prescribed a PCSK9 inhibitor received the medication because of low insurance approval rates and patient abandonment. The PINNACLE Registry has developed a Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARTool) designed to protect patients by collecting real-world denial data regarding prior authorization from ACC members and their practices. The goal is to leverage the data from the tool to work with payers and other stakeholders on meaningful change. Start using the tool at ACC.org/PCSK9PARTool.

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