Agenda for 20th Congress

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 ~ Pre-Conference Workshops

7:00am - 2:00pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00am - 2:00pm

Customer Care/Speaker Support

7:00am - 8:30am

Continential Breakfast

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

8:00am - 5:30pm

Cardiovascular Care Coordinator Certification (C4) Boot Camp - Day 1

Keri Morris, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC; Elizabeth Stokes, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC; Beverly Fuoti-Livezey, MBA, RN, AACC; Donna L. Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC; Carl Blake, MS, MBA; Kaylea Algire, MS Ed; and Shilpa Patel, BS-HSA

8:00am - 5:30pm

Heart Failure v3 Accreditation

Maghee Disch, MSN, RN, CNL, CHFN, AACC and Carolyn Ganoe, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

Monday, October 23, 2017 ~ Pre-Conference Workshops

7:00am - 2:00pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00am - 2:00pm

Customer Care/Speaker Support

7:00am - 9:00am

Continential Breakfast

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

8:00am - 12:00pm

Cardiovascular Care Coordinator Certification (C4) Boot Camp - Day 2

Keri Morris, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC; Elizabeth Stokes, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC; Beverly Fuoti-Livezey, MBA, RN, AACC; Donna L. Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC; Carl Blake, MS, MBA; Kaylea Algire, MS Ed; and Shilpa Patel, BS-HSA

8:00am - 5:30pm

Atrial Fibrillation v3 Accreditation

Philip D. Beckley, PhD, AACC and Kristy Chambers, MSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Chest Pain Center v6 Accreditation - Day 1

Keri Morris, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC and Deborah Washington, BSN, RN-BC, AACC, CCCC

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Chest Pain Center v5 Accreditation - Day 1

Donna L. Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC and Beverly Fuoti-Livezey, MBA, RN, AACC

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 ~ Pre-Conference Workshops

8:00am - 5:00pm

Registration Desk Open

8:00am - 5:00pm

Customer Care/Speaker Support

8:00am - 9:00am

Continential Breakfast

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Exhibitor Booth Installation

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Welcome Reception

9:00am - 5:00pm

Chest Pain Center v6 Accreditation - Day 2

Keri Morris, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC and Deborah Washington, BSN, RN-BC, AACC, CCCC

9:00am - 5:00pm

Chest Pain Center v5 Accreditation - Day 2

Donna L. Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC and Beverly Fuoti-Livezey, MBA, RN, AACC

9:00am - 1:00pm

Cardiac Cath Lab v1 Accreditation

Amy Westfall, BSN, RN, CCRN; Angela Jones, BSN, RN, CCDS, CEPS; Leela Beers, MBA, BSBM, CVT, AACC, CCCC; and Kim Pheifer, BSN, RN BC, NE-BC, CCCC

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Considering Next Generation of Accreditation Services

Carol Smith, MBA and Beverly Fuoti-Livezey, MBA, RN, AACC

Whether you're currently an accredited facility and exploring what's next or are interested in process improvement in other areas of cardiovascular care accreditations, this session will provided you with all the information you need. Join us to learn about the next generation of CPC, AF, HF, CCL, and EP Accreditations, as well as FreeStanding ED Cardiac Care.

Learning Objective: 1) Examine the value and benefits of accreditation; 2) Learn how accreditation helps improve the quality of patient care; 3) Gain an understanding about the requirements for each service line, including how to establish your team, community outreach, pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, clinical quality measures, and transitions of care; 4) Examine the value of accreditation and how to secure the commitment of executive leadership with examples of quantified ROI; and 5) Discover how accreditation helps hospitals develop a strategic plan, increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve patient outcomes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 ~ Conference Sessions

7:00am - 5:00pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00am - 5:00pm

Customer Care/Speaker Support

7:30am - 9:00am

Exhibit Area Open with Continential Breakfast

Plenary Sessions

9:00am - 10:30am

Opening General Session

Phillip Levy, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAHA, FACC; David Winchester, MD, MS, FACP, FACC; and Raymond Bahr, MD, FACC

10:30am - 11:15am

Coffee Service

11:15am - 12:00pm

Keynote Address

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Exhibit Area Open with Lunch

3:45pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Exhibit Area Open with Welcome Reception

Concurrent Tracks

Hot Topics in ACS

Co-Moderators: Deborah Washington, BSN, RN-BC, AACC, CCCC; Keri Morris, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC; Chris O'Brien RN, CEN, CCCC; and Donna Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC

1:30pm - 2:15pm

The Artery is Open, Now What?

Donna Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC

Learning Objectives: 1) Define secondary prevention; 2) Describe how secondary prevention benefits the ACS patient; and 3) Identify the guideline recommendations for secondary prevention.

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Cardiovascular Screening for the Teenage Athlete

Liz Lazar-Johnson, Executive Director

Learning Objectives: 1) Learn how the Seattle Criteria is used to interpret 12 lead ECG's; 2) Understand why one percent of kids could die unnecessarily from CV diease; 3) Learn how the science is catching up with CV screenings; and 4) Discover what can be done in your community to identify student athlete CV diease before it is too late.

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Unique Considerations When Caring for the Female Cardiovascular Patient

Joseph Pietrolungo, DO,MS, FSVM, FACC

Learning Objectives: 1) Highlight current epidemiologic concerns regarding women's health: 2) Review recent guidelines, updates, and treatment strategies for women's CV health; and 3) Identify key issues that should be evaluated and incorporated into the care of the female CV patient.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Update on Hypothermia Care: From Guideline Recommendations to Clinical Practice

Alyson Dare Kelleher, BSN, RN, CCRN

Learning Objectives: 1) Review current hypothermia guideline recommendations; 2) Discuss clinical practices for hypothermia care; and 3) Describe decision tools used to identify appropriate patient selection for cath lab.

4:45pm - 5:15pm

Understanding Ischemia-Guided Care and Appropriate Use Criteria for Coronary Revascularization in the NSTE-ACS Population

Mike Kontos, MD, FACC

Learning Objectives: 1) Define ischemia-guided care for the NSTE-ACS patient; 2) Identify appropriate care strategies for optimal patient management; and 3) Review recently published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization in the NSTE-ACS population.

5:15pm - 6:00pm

The Next Generation Troponin: What has Europe Taught Us?

Brandon Allen, MD, FACEP

Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the evolution of Troponin from contemporary to high-sensitivity or next generation assays; 2) Identify new accelerated diagnostic protocols or rapid rule out strategies for acute coronary syndrome; and 3) Recognize future changes to rule out strategies and observation based on implementation of high-sensitivity or next generation Troponin.

Management of Observation Services

Co-Moderators: Wayne Ruppert, CVT, CCCC, NREMT-P; Leesa Wright, RN, CCCC; Suzanne Inglis, MSN, BA, RN, FACHE; and Robyn Keller, MS, RN, AACC, CCCC

1:30pm - 2:15pm

The "Good Business Sense" of Observation Units - Part 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Operationss

Suzanne Inglis, MSN, BA, RN, FACHE

Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss the role of an Observation Services in the care of chest pain patients; 2) Define appropriate inclusion/exclusion criteria for managing patients in an Observation Unit setting; 3) Describe Observation Unit protocols and diagnostic testing strategies for the management of Observation patients; and 4) Review the rules around length of stay.

2:15pm - 3:00pm

The "Good Business Sense" of Observation Units - Part 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Coding, Reimbursement, and Billing - The C-Suite Perspective

Duane Woods, MBA, CFO

Learning Objectives: 1) Review the needs for cost saving opportunities; 2) Discuss Observation Services as a cost saving measure; 3) Discuss the business case for the development of an Observation Unit; 4) Discuss the dashboard for routine C-Suite review; and 5) Understand the billing cycle for Observation status patients: reimbursable coding.

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Observation Medicine ECG Instructor Workshop - Part 1: ECG Monitoring

Wayne Ruppert, CVT, CCCC, NREMT-P

Learning Objectives: 1) Review ACC/AHA Guidelines for ECG monitoring in hospitals 2) Review TJC National Patient Safety Goal #6 "Clinical Alarms"; 3) Learn correlation of ECG leads with anatomic region of myocardium; and 4) Learn about the markers of ACS.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Observation Medicine ECG Instructor Workshop - Part 2: Serial 12 Lead ECG Interpretation

Wayne Ruppert, CVT, CCCC, NREMT-P

Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss relevance, need, and evidence-based practice of Serial ECGs; 2) Learn how to establish and read an ECG baseline; 3) Review key concepts about non-physician 12 Lead ECG interpretations; and 4) Review factors that alter ECG markers of ACS.

4:45pm - 5:15pm

ACS Risk Stratification Methodology and Strategies

Simon Mahler, MD, MS, FACEP

Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss the need for ACS Risk Stratification (prevalence of Low-Risk chest pain misdiagnosis) and 2) Discuss what constitutes "Low Risk Chest Pain" patients; 3) Describe and compare the tools used to assess ACS risk factors: HEART, TIMI, GRACE and PURSUIT; and 4) Discuss SERIAL HEART SCORES in conjunction with SERIAL TROPONINs and ECGs!

5:15pm - 6:00pm

HEART Pathway

Simon Mahler, MD, MS, FACEP

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe components of HEART Pathway; 2) Discuss evidence supporting HEART Pathway; 3) Learn how HEART Pathway increases efficacy and the patient experience while reducing length of stay; and 4) Describe benefits and use of HEART Pathway App.

The ABCs of Accreditation

So, you have attended an accreditation workshop, now what? Attendees will learn how to implement what they have been taught, taking them out of the classroom and into the real world of a complex healthcare environment filled with competing interests. What determines success and what guarantees failure? Learn from the pros, both inside ACC Accreditation Services and with other cardiovascular care coordinators who have succeeded.

Co-Moderators: Deborah Koeppen, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC, COS and Renee Cecil, MSN, RN, CEN, CCCC, SANE, NREMT

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Engaging EMS-Without Purchasing the Ring

Renee Cecil, MSN, RN, CEN, CCCC, SANE, NREMT and Deborah Koeppen, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC, COS

Evidence suggests that active collaboration between hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) is associated with lower acute myocardial infarction (AMI) mortality rates.

Learning Objectives: 1) Implement strategies found to be successful by embracing EMS as part of the entire team; 2) Communicate and collaborate to meet accreditation standards; and 3) Engage in joint educational initiatives.

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Secrets of the Site Visit

Deborah Koeppen, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC, COS and Renee Cecil, MSN, RN, CEN, CCCC, SANE, NREMT

Learning Objectives: 1) Be knowledgeable regarding how best to prepare for the accreditation site visit; 2) Prepare for the questions that may be asked; 3) Determine who to invite and discuss logistics of the site visit; 4) Learn how to conduct a mock site visit; and 5) Coordinating two accreditation visits.

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Data, Death, and Dying

Deborah Koeppen, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC, COS

Can a little humor pave the way for data acceptance? This session will demonstrate how to present ACD data in a manner that is constructive, meaningful, and appeases the abstractors.

Learning Objectives: 1) Create measurable goals that engage all stakeholders; 2) Tie your committee goals to the hospital's strategic plan and the goals of each department; 3) Utilize the ACD to monitor progress toward meeting accreditation goals; 4) Effectively display data; and 5) Successfully navigate the ACD.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Stress Testing, Competencies, and Guidelines... "Oh My"

Donna Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC

Guidance statements that are "lost in translation". Holy cow! I'm a reviewer and still get confused.

Learning Objective: 1) Understand the guidelines that both direct patient care while meeting accreditation standards; and 2) Have a better understanding of the more confounding tool items related to confirmatory studies, physician/staff competencies and QI STEMI Operator plans.

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Ask a Reviewer-Ask a Coordinator: A Panel of Experts: Discuss "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Accreditation But Were Afraid to Ask"

Donna Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC; Deborah Koeppen, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC, COS; Renee Cecil, MSN, RN, CEN, CCCC, SANE, NREMT; Ruth Cantu, BSN, RN, AACC; and Carolyn Ganoe, BSN, AACC, CCCC

If some of you are like most of us, the last thing we want to do is let others know we don't know everything. Well, guess what, we all don't know everything especially about accreditation. We are here to help. This session will offer the opportunity to ask questions of the people who conduct the survey and your peers who have successfully navigated the accreditation process.

Learning Objective:1) Provide an open forum to freely ask accreditation questions; and 2) Interact with attendee participants and learn from one another.

National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®): Improving the Quality of Care

This track is designed to give attendees an overview of what NCDR is all about. What is the registry (interest/familiarity)? What and who is the RSM? What information is available on NCDR participant website? What data is collected? What is the inclusion criteria? How is data captured? What are the data quality requirements (DQR, audit, outlier reports). What is the Exec Summary / Dashboard? and Discuss crossover between ARG and CathPCI registries.

Moderator: Nihar Desai, MD, FACC

1:30pm - 2:15pm

No Session

2:15pm - 3:00pm

No Session

3:00pm - 3:45pm

NCDR 101

Robyn Keller, MS, RN, AACC, CCCC; Nihar Desai, MD; and Christina Koutras, BSN, RN, CPHQ

There are NCDR Registry metrics that support Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation and Chest Pain Center Accreditation. Hospital staff working in the accreditation tool needs to become familiar with NCDR, how it works, and how to use it throughout the accreditation process.

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how registry data elements are selected; 2) Describe how registry measures are developed and reported; 3) Describe how data quality is ensured; 4) Describe how NCDR supports quality improvement and reporting needs.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

ACTION Registry: Your Tool for Successful Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Robyn Keller, MS, RN, AACC, CCCC and Beth Purski, MSN, RN, CPHQ, AACC

Chest Pain Center Accreditation uses ACTION Registry data to meet certain clinical reporting requirements. Hospital staff working in the accreditation tool needs to become familiar with the ACTION Registry and what's involved with capturing data and utilizing it for accreditation purposes.

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how registry site managers capture and interpret registry data; and 2) Summarize how ACTION Registry can be used to support Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

4:45pm - 6:00pm

CathPCI Registry: Your Tool for Successful Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation

Cath Lab Accreditation uses CathPCI Registry data to meet certain clinical reporting requirements. Hospital staff working in the accreditation tool needs to become familiar with the CathPCI Registry and what's involved with capturing data and utilizing it for accreditation purposes.

Kim Pheifer, BSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, CCCC and Connie Anderson, BSN, RN, CPHQ, AACC

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how registry site managers capture and interpret registry data; and 2) Summarize how CathPCI Registry can be used to support Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation.

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Exhibit Area Open with Reception

Thursday, October 26, 2017 ~ Conference Sessions

8:00am - 9:00am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 12:00pm

Registration Desk Open

8:30am - 12:00pm

Customer Care/Speaker Support

10:45am - 11:00am

Coffee Break

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

Concurrent Tracks

The New Atrial Fibrillation Clinic - It's Not Just for Warfin Anymore

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex disease that is dramatically increasing in incidence and prevalence. Coincident increases in complications, ED visits, hospitalizations, and costs are adding to the clinical burden of AF. With more treatments and interventions available, both providers and patients are confused and left with questions. New approaches to patient management must be evaluated and considered to achieve quality patient outcomes, decrease costs, and improve patient satisfaction. The purpose of this educational session is to look beyond the 'traditional' role of the AF clinic and explore a multidisciplinary chronic care model which effectively manages, educates, and empowers the AF patient. After this session, participants will have new ideas and strategies for the AF clinic to improve adherence to guideline recommendations, incorporate best practices, coordinate outpatient care, and give individualized attention to each patient.

Co-Moderators: Philip Beckley PhD, AACC and Kristy Chambers, MSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

9:00am - 9:30am

Reinventing the AF Clinic - What are the Possibilities?

Geoffrey Barnes, MD, MSC

Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the evolving role of the AF clinic; 2) Develop a clinical decision making and education program for AF patients to encompass selection, monitoring, safety, and adherence to all available oral anticoagulants; and 3) Create an environment to improve patient engagement and compliance.

9:30am - 10:00am

Managing Patients in the AF Clinic - A Multidisciplinary Approach

Huyentran N. Tran, PharmD, BCPS

Learning Objectives: 1) Build a multidisciplinary team to accomplish AF clinic goals; 2) Merge multidisciplinary team competencies and skills with AF patient treatment and education objectives; 3) Define the comprehensive role of the pharmacist as a clinic team member.

10:00am - 10:30am

The Clinic Role in AF Risk and Behavior Modification - Monitor and Educate

Tara U. Mudd, MSN, APRN, NP-C, EP Nurse Practitioner

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the relationship between risk factors, behaviors, and the incidence of new and recurring AF; 2) Understand the importance of lifestyle modification as a component therapy to the treatment of AF; and 3) Outline a risk factor management program for the outpatient AF clinic.

11:00am - 11:30am

Managing the Patient for Interventions and Procedures - How Does the AF Clinic Help?

Thomas Deering, MD, FHRS

Learning Objectives: 1) Facilitate collaborative patient-physician decision-making for the appropriate selection of interventions and treatments; 2) Ensure that anticoagulant regimens are appropriate and monitored for periprocedural risk management; and 3) Describe the clinic as the environment for a holistic approach to meet individual AF patient needs.

11:30am - 12:00pm

AF Clinic Delivery of Treatments and Interventions - A Choice In Lieu Of Inpatient Care

Stephanie Turner, RN

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the outpatient clinic as the center of care management for the AF patient; 2) Construct and implement an individualized outpatient treatment plan to reduce ED visits and hospitalizations; and 3) Define follow-up care and develop specific strategies to engage the AF patient and community physicians in long-term management.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Continuing to Re-Invent the AF Clinic (Panel Discussion)

All Atrial Fibrillation Faculty

Management of Observation Services (Cont'd)

Co-Moderators: Wayne Ruppert, CVT, CCCC, NREMT-P; Leesa Wright, RN, CCCC; Suzanne Inglis, MSN, BA, RN, FACHE; and Robyn Keller, MS, RN, AACC, CCCC

9:00am - 9:30am

Troponin Strategies - Part 1

Ruth Cantu, BSN, RN, AACC

Learning Objectives:1) Overview of Troponin and the role that Troponin plays in the contemporary clinical environment; 2) Summarize the latest Troponin guidelines / research, and 3) Discuss mixed vs fixed testing methodologies.

9:30am - 10:00am

Troponin Strategies - Part 2

Ruth Cantu, BSN, RN, AACC

Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the integration of Troponin requirements within the CPC Accreditation Tool; 2) Appraise the potential effects of Troponin on clinical care; and 3) Share quality practices that optimize care and outcomes of the Acute Coronary Syndrome patient.

10:00am - 10:30am

Observation Services: Best Practices - Part 1

Suzanne Inglis, MSN, BA, RN, FACHE and Robyn Keller, MS, RN, AACC, CCCC

Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss successes in operating an Observation Unit; 2) Learn how to avoid Observation Unit pitfalls; and 3) Discuss and show examples of the appropriate Order Sets, Policies, Procedures, and Flowcharts.

11:00am - 11:30am

Observation Services: Best Practices - Part 2

Suzanne Inglis, MSN, BA, RN, FACHE and Robyn Keller, MS, RN, AACC, CCCC

Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss best practices for managing Observation patients; 2) Discuss best practices for establishing a successful Observation program; and 3) Discuss best practices on how to improve patient outcomes.

11:30am - 12:30pm

Observation Medicine ECG Instructor Workshop Part 3: Putting it all Together

Wayne Ruppert, CVT, CCCC, NREMT-P

Learning Objectives: 1) Understand serial ECG’s with Case Studies: Timing Strategies, Normal ECGs, Normal Variants, Evolving Ischemia, Wellen's Syndrome, and Evolving STEMIs; 2) Discuss the tools you need to teach Observation Medicine ECG at your facility; and 3) Review of future "Observation Medicine ECG Proficiency Exam". /p>

Business Aspects of Medicine

Moderator: Beverly Fuoti-Livezey, MBA, RN, AACC

9:00am - 9:30am

MACRA

Christine Perez, JD

Learning Objectives: 1) Explore how this quality program will streamline reporting to CMS, ensure physicians get reimbursed correctly, and improve patient care: 2) Review what rules are giving clinicians a headache; and 3) Discuss the role Accreditation plays in helping meet MACRA requirements.

9:30am - 10:00am

Where Is Healthcare Heading?

Megan Tooley, The Advisory Board

Learning Objectives:1) How can your hospital advance its CV program amidst this challenging and ever-changing healthcare environment; 2) What do CV Leaders need to know; and 3) What are future projections for CV Services?

10:00am - 10:30am

Using Evidence-based Practice to Create a Culture of Improved Outcomes, Patient Safety, and Innovations in Care

Speaker TBD

Learning Objectives: 1) Learn how to use evidence-based guidelines to create and streamline clinical care processes; and 2) Explore how healthcare provider teams treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines.

11:00am - 11:30am

What Does Consumerism Look Like for Patients and Providers?

Speaker TDB

Learning Objectives: 1) Learn how do we get there; 2) Explore how health systems successfully augment their enterprise strategy with consumer orientation; 3) Understand how health systems re-evaluate their service lines to reflect the demands of consumers; and 4) Examine how health systems position themselves to be a more competitive state of attracting and retaining the health care consumer.

11:30am - 12:00pm

Physician Engagement

Phil Levy, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAHA, AACC

Learning Objectives: 1) Discover how the level of physician engagement can make or break a hospital; and 2) Understand how an engaged physician workforce is linked to enhanced patient care, lower costs, greater efficiency, improved quality and patient safety, and satisfaction and retention.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Millennials: The Unforeseen Generation That Will Lead Healthcare Transformation

Speaker TBD

Learning Objective: 1) Learn how to engage the Millennial workforce to make a difference in your organization; and 2) How do you keep this tech-savvy group from job hopping?

Accreditation: From Soup to Nuts

Moderator: Donna Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC

9:00am - 11:30am

Accreditation: Town Hall Discussion

Donna Hunn, MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC and the ACC Service Line Team

Join the Accreditation Services Line Specialists as they each give 20 minute cardiac care didactic lectures on Chest Pain, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure, Cardiac Cath Lab, Electrophysiology, and FreeStanding ED.

Learning Objectives: 1) Gain a better understanding of the science behind guideline-based care; 2) Discover what's new from the latest clinical trials; 3) Learn about transitions of care to help your hospital increase reimbursement, decrease risk for readmissions and length-of-stay, and increase the quality of life; 4) Identify how accreditation can help you improve the processes that impact patient care outcomes; 4) Understand how the use of guideline-based strategies can reduce variations in care; and 5) Q & A session.

11:30am - 12:00pm

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Working in Tandem to Reduce Heart Attacks in the Hospital Community

David B. Hiltz; Drexdal Pratt, CPM; and Mary Hand, MSPH, RN

Learning Objectives: 1) Learn how to expand your EHAC educational outreach to include your local EMS; and 2) Gain insights to help your facility create a collaborative educational plan that you can use to expand your community education program.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Impacting Your Population's Health as a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

Robert McNamara, MD; Kelly Hewins, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CEN; and Starr Block, MS, BSN, RN

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence hospitals not only achieve excellence of care inside their four walls, but more importantly, reach out into their community using an entire systems of care approach. Your AHA/ACC partners work with you to help you improve the entire health of your populaton.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the session participants will be able to discus how to use the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence standards to improve their community's health as a learning health system.

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Be Quiet, the Data is Speaking: Are You Listening to What Your Data is Telling You?

Elizabeth Stokes, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC and Javier A. Sala Mercado, MD

Learning Objectives: 1) How your CV data is able to identify compliance and variability in your program; 2) How to use fundamental guideline driven medical therapy (GDMT) data to streamline care and eliminate waste improve margin; 3) How to define trends so that you tackle the larger problem; 4) How to hear what the data says about your program so you can tell it to others; 5) Learn how hospitals have benefited from putting their data findings to good use; and 7) Discover how an accredited Argentinian hospital deals with differing reimbursement options; "capitation, bundled payments, fee-for-service or a combination of it all." "It is an interesting challenge as there is no transparency of outcomes mandated and no private info available from health providers and patients."