CV Leadership and Healthcare Innovation Collide at Cardiovascular Summit

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | Lori Walsh

More than 400 cardiologists, advanced practice providers (APPs), CV administrators and more gathered in Washington, DC, Feb. 6-8, to learn, share and unite during the American College of Cardiology’s 2020 Cardiovascular Summit. Dozens of dynamic sessions were designed to help clinicians and administrators navigate hyper-change and healthcare economics and optimize CV care and the clinician experience.

Clinicians and administrators are all working towards the same goal: achieving the Quadruple Aim of better outcomes, lower costs, improved patient experience and improved clinician experience. While there’s near universal alignment on this goal, how to achieve the Quadruple Aim is overwhelming to most organizations, especially given numerous competing priorities and increasing regulatory requirements.

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, cardiovascular professionals must take the helm and shape the industry’s future. Otherwise, it will be shaped for us. A pre-conference workshop, featuring MedAxiom’s Senior Vice President of Consulting Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC; ACC President Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC; and other CV leaders, armed attendees with the leadership skills necessary to drive cardiovascular care forward. The workshop delved into the role of dyad leadership, the importance of having a succession plan, how to implement change management, how to build an inclusive team and more.

Leadership was a recurring theme throughout the conference. During a plenary session on innovation and healthcare delivery, Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, noted that the reason most attendees said they attended the Summit was to establish leadership strategies that build collaboration, teamwork and trust to help others excel. “Leadership is about building the future,” he said.

A keynote session on “What Cardiology Will Look Like in 2025” set the tone for the conference and inspired attendees to play an active role in the future of the industry. Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, head of clinical policy and strategy for Verily and Google Health, shared current megatrends in society and health outcomes, pointing to how the digital era and data have revolutionized how healthcare is delivered and received. “The combination of digitization and current health trends place us at a fork in the road,” explained Califf. “[We must] use digital technology to improve health for populations and individuals and use digital technology to segment the population to optimize finances in a balkanized fashion.” 

Throughout the three days, MedAxiom consultants Biesbrock and Joel Sauer, MBA, and MedAxiom President Jerry Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC, shared their wisdom during interactive breakout sessions covering financially sustainable care team models, how to build a successful CV service line, designing a physician compensation model, APP/MD partnerships, and physician enterprise vs. hospital margins. Attendees walked away with real-world insights and practical advice on how to succeed in the business side of cardiology, something that isn’t taught in medical school but that is essential in today’s healthcare environment.

To round out the educational lineup at the Summit, several sponsored breakfast and lunch sessions highlighted the latest industry innovations that are transforming cardiovascular care. Attendees learned about innovations in care management and how novel patient engagement yields better outcomes from MedAxiom partner ChronicCareIQ; how virtual cardiac rehabilitation can be a viable and more effective model for serving patients than traditional cardiac rehabilitation from Moving Analytics, Inc.; how HeartLogicTM can help predict potential heart failure events weeks in advance from Boston Scientific; and why the time has come to change cardiology imaging from Cell>Point, LLC.

We look forward to continuing the momentum from the Cardiovascular Summit during CV Transforum Spring’20, April 23-25 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Sessions will cover an array of hot topics including the latest MedAxcess data, percutaneous coronary intervention procedures in the ambulatory surgical center setting, telehealth, how to optimize advanced practice providers and technology, and much more. Check out the agenda and reserve your spot!

Illustration: Lee Sauer

About the Author
Lori Walsh

With an obvious passion for what she does, Lori has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, including nine years as the Director of Operations for Heart Clinic Arkansas. In her role as Executive Vice President of Membership & Operations, Lori uses her healthcare background to help our current and prospective members build relationships within the industry and maximize the benefits of MedAxiom's exclusive educational and research support services to improve their programs. Lori also takes her vast operations experience and applies it towards our client practices in the areas of operational efficiency, financial performance, workflow redesign, strategic planning and business development.

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