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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.

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.
  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.

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 21.25 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 21.25 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.

National Association for Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
This program has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for 21.25 CPHQ continuing education credits.

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
By attending the Quality Summit offered by American College of Cardiology participants may earn up to 21.25 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
If you would like to receive ASRT Continuing Education (CE) credit, you must pick up a form from the Evaluation and Credit Claim Desk located on Elite Foyer, Level 1 near the Registration Desk to log your hours then return it at the end of the conference.

You must also complete a brief program evaluation survey at the conclusion of the Summit and provide feedback on the entire program by accessing the CLAIM YOUR CREDITS icon through the ACC Quality Summit Mobile APP.

Download the ACC Quality Summit: NCDR and Accreditation Annual Session & Expo Mobile App from the App or Google store to access detailed descriptions and learning objectives for each of the sessions. Everything you need to know about the conference can be accessed in the Mobile APP.


Participate in Q&A and Polling during Quality Summit


ACC Quality Summit Evaluation & CE Credit claim

education credit

Have questions about the evaluation and credit claim process? Visit the Evaluation and Credit Claim Desk located on Elite Foyer, Level 1 to take care of your needs.

ACC appreciates your time and feedback to help improve future educational experiences. Please complete your evaluation before Monday, June 17, as it will be closed after this date.

Have questions, contact us at assessment@acc.org.

People’s Poster Choice Award


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 are developed into posters and are displayed and presented at the conference. 


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.

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. 

ACC Quality Summit Curriculum Development Work Group




Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC

Chair, Quality Summit 2019


David Winchester, MD, FACC

Vice Chair, Accreditation


Ty Gluckman, MD, FACC

Vice Chair, NCDR


Jon Jennings, MBA, RN

NCDR, Administration, Quality


Kim Marshall, MSN, RN

Nurse Planner


Andrea Price, MS, CPHQ, RCIS, AACC

NCDR, Administration, Data Mgr


Anwar Osborne, MD, MPM



Paul Varosy, MD, FACC

NCDR (Hospital)


Steve Deitelzweig, MD, FACC



Mike Kontos, MD, FACC



Kathleen Hewitt, DNP, RN

Program Director

Staff Lead

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.


2019 ACC Quality Summit Curriculum Planning Work Group
2019 ACC Quality Summit Faculty Disclosures
2019 ACC Quality Summit Poster Reviewers
2019 ACC Quality Summit Poster Presenters

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