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WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2012) - The American College of
Cardiology (ACC) and the American College of Physicians (ACP),
today announced plans to launch a pilot program, PINNACLE Primary
Care, that will expand the PINNACLE Registry to assess performance
measures for primary care practices.
The PINNACLE Registry currently collects data from cardiology
practices to calculate performance measures related to atrial
fibrillation, hypertension, coronary artery disease and heart
failure. Made up of more than 4.2 million patient encounters,
PINNACLE is the nation's largest cardiovascular outpatient
quality-improvement registry. PINNACLE Primary Care, which will be
known as PINNACLE-PC, will measure performance on breast and colon
cancer screenings, influenza and pneumonia immunizations, lower
back pain, diabetes, depression, weight management, and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease.
The pilot will begin this summer with five to 10 internal
medicine practices. Data from pilot practices will be collected
through December 2012 and results will be analyzed in early 2013.
If the pilot is successful, ACC and ACP will make the PINNACLE
Registry available to members of the American College of
"Registries are excellent quality improvement tools," said ACC
President Dr. William Zoghbi, MD, FACC. "Registry participants
receive quick feedback that can help practices ensure that they are
providing consistent, evidence-based care. Expanding the PINNACLE
Registry to include primary care is a natural extension of this
great resource, which will ultimately improve care."
"We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with ACC and
this program to test the PINNACLE Registry in primary care internal
medicine practices," said ACP President David L. Bronson, MD,
ACC Senior Vice President of Science & Quality and PINNACLE
Chair William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC said expanding PINNACLE to
primary care has been a goal for the registry since its
The PINNACLE registry assists practices in understanding and
improving care through the production and distribution of quarterly
performance reports for data-submitting practices and physicians.
The reports cover all valid patient encounters and detail adherence
to 25 cardiovascular clinical measures at the physician, location,
and practice levels across the diagnoses of coronary artery
disease, hypertension, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.
Thirteen additional performance measures will be added to PINNACLE
to create PINNACLE-PC.
As part of the National Cardiovascular Disease Registries (NCDR)
suite, the PINNACLE Registry provides clinicians with quality
measurement solutions needed in today's health care environment.
The registry provides a centralized system for clinical practices
to promote practice innovations and achieve clinical
The American College of Cardiology is transforming
cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous
quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and
professionalism. The College is a 40,000-member nonprofit medical
society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician
assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows
credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent
qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of
health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter
of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education
and operates national registries for the measurement and
improvement of quality care. More information about the association
is available online at www.cardiosource.org/ACC.
The American College of Physicians is
the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest
physician group in the United States. ACP members include 132,000
internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists,
and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention,
detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on
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ACC Media Contact:
ACP Media Contact:
David B. Kinsman, APR