Quality Improvement for Institutions




ACC Quality Summit: NCDR and Accreditation Annual Session & Expo eSyllabus

Course Overview/Statement of Need

The American College of Cardiology’s first annual ACC Quality Summit: NCDR and Accreditation Annual Session & Expo is a three-day conference bringing together cardiovascular thought leaders, administrators, clinicians, clinical quality leaders, and data quality experts. The Quality Summit is the culmination of two great meetings — the Annual NCDR Conference and Accreditation Congress, who have merged together into one world class Summit!

At ACC’s Quality Summit you’ll gain insights and inspiration from foremost cardiovascular leaders and experts, and you’ll be part of a network who’s committed to providing optimized cardiovascular patient care. Educational tracks focus on:

Implementing evidence-based care

  • Providing optimal patient care
  • Achieving clinical outcomes excellence
  • Capturing high quality data to drive important clinical and service line decisions.
  • Track workshops are suitable for all audiences and diverse breakout sessions provide targeted education for every role and experience level.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

An application is pending for ACC Quality Summit to be an ASRT-approved activity. If you would like to receive ASRT Continuing Education (CE) credit, you must pick up a form from the onsite Registration Desk to log your hours then return it at the end of the conference. 

You must also complete a brief evaluation survey online that we will send to you by email after the conference concludes. If you 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.


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

This information is provided for general medical education purposes only and is 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 is to enhance the knowledge and competency of NCDR/Accreditation professionals to enable them to effectively translate data and quality programs into achieving quality care.

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

  1. Apply evidence-based care to improve clinical performance.
  2. Assess and use ACC quality programs to support local, regional and/or national QI and MOC activities.
  3. Describe how ACC quality programs can be used to market and promote CV services.
  4. Network with colleagues to develop solutions to support change (disruption).
  5. Implement strategies to achieve high data quality.

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Cardiovascular Administrators and leaders seeking innovative solutions to improve service line processes of care.
  • Quality improvement professionals who lead organizational performance improvement efforts.
  • Hospital administrators who want to learn how the NCDR/Accreditation can support their strategic goals.
  • NCDR Registry/Accreditation site managers and data coordinators interested in data integrity and quality.

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 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

Curriculum Development and Planning Workgroups

The ACC Quality Summit: NCDR and Accreditation Annual Session & Expo has been planned by the ACC Quality Summit Curriculum Development Work Group and registry/accreditation-specific planning work groups, each of which is made up of front-line participants, physicians and ACC staff. These multidisciplinary teams bring a range of expertise and viewpoints to the learning program.

Curriculum Development and Planning Workgroup Disclosures

ACC Quality Summit Posters

The ACC Quality Summit is all about bridging quality improvement to optimize cardiovascular care and patient outcomes. Together NCDR and Accreditation will achieve quality care by connecting the entire healthcare team to share their stories of changes they implemented in their health system or organizations that made a huge impact in what they are currently doing to improve patient care. Sharing real-life success stories through quality improvement projects, education approaches, innovative processes and research are a few examples of how the health system or organization achieved quality care. Abstracts selected to be developed into posters will be displayed and presented at the conference.  

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