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Issues

  • Delivery System Reform

    The American College of Cardiology is committed to setting a new standard for health care delivery in a way that is centered on increasing the quality of care and ensuring greater patient value. With the passage of national health reform, the College is poised to help transform the system into one that puts patients first and rewards physicians for their commitment to quality and evidence-based care.

  • Food and Drug Administration

    The American College of Cardiology is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a number of fronts, including data collection, radiation safety, drug and device updates and more.

  • Imaging

    The ACC strongly supports the ability of specialty physicians, who have knowledge of specific organ systems and disease states, to provide access to imaging services for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that patients rely upon everyday. The College believes that imaging services could best be improved by the use of both accreditation and appropriate use criteria.

  • Physician Payment

    Current public and private payment systems do little to reward or facilitate quality or coordination of care. Provider payment systems must be redesigned with the patient’s interests in mind. They must reward patient value — high quality, cost-effective care. The ACC supports payment reforms for improved coordination of care, team-based care delivery, and the appropriate use of tests and procedures.

  • Prevention & Research

    As the organization representing the leaders in cardiovascular medicine, the ACC’s goals include disseminating information to members, legislators, regulators and the public to create more awareness of heart disease, its warning signs and how to prevent it. Also part of the ACC mission is to ensure the support of research efforts to combat heart disease and accelerate the application of cardiovascular science, knowledge and measurement into practice.

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