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National Benefits of Being an ACC Member 

Advocacy

  • Free subscription to Advocacy Weekly—a publication that highlights legislation information.
  • ACC's advocacy efforts ensure cardiology has a strong, collective voice in health care debates on important issues:
    • Fighting for managed care reform in Congress
    • Arguing for higher Medicare fees
    • Advocating for expanded coverage of the uninsured
    • Defending cardiovascular specialists against overzealous efforts to pursue fraud and abuse
    • Rejecting burdensome E/M documentation guidelines
    • Seeking greater bargaining power for physicians with managed care plans
    • Building proactive payer advocacy capabilities to ensure appropriate decision making and rapid response to adverse payer policies
    • Lobbying for increased funding of clinical research in cardiovascular disease
    • Requesting revisions to Medicare's proposed outpatient payment system
    • Lobbying for appropriate graduate medical education (GME) reform
    • Supporting more stringent regulation of tobacco products

Information

  • Free subscription to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). Published 24 times a year, available in print and online.
  • Free subscription to Cardiology, the College's monthly magazine, that keeps members in touch with breaking news and innovative research.
  • Access to ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry, which collects cardiovascular data and analyzes to detect trends.
  • Online services provided by strategic ACC partner providers—internet companies that understand your practice and information needs.
  • ACC Membership Directory, your one stop for finding your peers.
  • ACC Standards and Guidelines; Easy-to-use pocket forms and instant Web updates, also available for your palm pilot. Critical medical information is always within your reach and includes the ACC/AHA Guidelines and ACP/ACC/AHA Clinical Competence Statements.
  • Free subscription to ACC's Current Journal Review, a bi-monthly journal, that provides reviews and abstracts of current clinical cardiovascular literature from medical and cardiology journals.
  • Cardiosource, an on-line database that combines 15 cardiology journals including Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ACC Current Journal Review, The American Journal of Cardiology, and The Lancet with "live" information tools, allowing you to have 24-hour access to your own "library."

Education

  • Reduced registration rates to the College's Annual Scientific Session.
  • Reduced pre-registration rates on ACC Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses and ACC Learning Center courses.
  • Check out the upcoming events at ACC CME.
  • Discounts on ACCEL, ACC's audiocassette service and ACC educational products.
  • Award opportunities, ACC's direct contribution to furthering the research activities of its members.www.acc.org, a primary resource for you, your staff and patients


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