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Tackling the Pivotal Issues in Heart Failure: Emerging Best Practices and Innovative Care-Delivery Models

Tackling the Pivotal Issues in Heart Failure: Emerging Best Practices and Innovative Care-Delivery Models



Time to Complete

90 minutes


June 28, 2019


July 31, 2020
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Maximum Credits

1.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
1.50 / ABIM MOC Part II Points
1.50 / CNE Contact Hours

An important note about ABIM MOC Part II points
Successful completion of this CME activity enables eligible participants to earn up to 1.50 ABIM-Part II Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. To claim MOC points, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Complete all 3 questions under the "ABIM Part 2 Credit Questions" section, located at the bottom of the course evaluation form. This includes 1) attesting that our partner may submit your credits to ABIM, 2) attesting that you are ABIM board certified, 3) providing your ABIM #, and 4) providing your date of birth (MM/DD).

Step 2: Our partner, American College of Cardiology Foundation, will send your MOC points to your ABIM account within 6-8 weeks.

Accredited Provider

Provided by the American College of Cardiology Foundation in collaboration with Haymarket Medical Education

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Program Description

The effort to remedy gaps in heart failure (HF) management, along with a greater emphasis on patient-centered outcomes, has prompted a host of innovative approaches to care delivery. A well-defined set of medications has been shown to improve HF outcomes and forms the backbone of guideline-directed medical therapies.

In addition, the approval of new pharmacological agents, improved understanding of HF phenotypes, emerging best practices, and innovative care-management approaches have provided a much-needed shot in the arm for HF care. From bench to bedside, there is new energy and revitalized spirit reimagining HF treatment and care-management processes. And for the first time in decades, there is hope in HF care.

Intended Audience

Cardiologists, internists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and other clinicians who provide care for patients with chronic heart failure

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Utilize emerging best practices, such as improved treatment strategies and tactics, for the care of patients with increasingly complex heart failure (HF)
  • Analyze alternative HF patient–centered care-delivery models, such as ambulatory diuresis clinics
  • Prepare planning discussions that should occur at least annually between patients and clinicians, leading to a review of clinical status and current therapies, estimates of prognosis, clarification of patient values and beliefs, and anticipation of treatment decisions

Accredited Provider Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Statement and Disclosure Policy

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its directly provided or jointly provided/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in certified educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the certified activity.

ACCF assesses conflict of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of certified CME/CNE activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.


Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MACP, FACC – Chair
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Social Science
Chief of Cardiology
Associate Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Dr. Yancy’s spouse receives a salary from Abbott.

Leslie L. Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FPCNA, FAANP
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

Dr. Davis has nothing to disclose.

Mariell Jessup, MD, FACC
Chief Science and Medical Officer
American Heart Association
Dallas, TX

Dr. Jessup has nothing to disclose.

Barbara S. Wiggins, PharmD, FACC
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Dr. Wiggins has nothing to disclose.

Ellen L. Cohen, Cert Ed, Dip Ed, CHCP
CME Director
Director, Learning Innovation
Science, Education, Quality & Publications
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Ms. Cohen has nothing to disclose.

Christine Keenan, MSN, RN, CCRN, CHSE
Nurse Planner/Instructional Designer
Learning Innovation Architect
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Ms. Keenan has nothing to disclose.

Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Lead Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Ms. Cheramie has no nothing to disclose.

Accredited Provider Disclosures

ACCF staff involved with this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Haymarket Medical Education staff involved in the planning and content review of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The ACCF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM .  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM   from organizations accredited by ACCME.




CNE Contact Hour(s)

Accreditation Statement

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 continuing nursing education contact hours.

While offering credits noted above, the module is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

ABIM MOC Part II Points

MOC Points available for Internal Medicine and General Medicine Board Certified Physicians.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This CME activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient’s medical condition.


The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is not responsible for statements made by any contributor. Statements or opinions expressed in this program reflect the views of the contributors and do not reflect the official policy of the ACCF.


To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

If you have an American College of Cardiology (ACC) account, you can choose to have your credit information sent to your ACC transcript upon completion of the course. You will be prompted to log in to your ACC account, which will automatically trigger your credit submission. If you do not have an ACC account, you will have the opportunity to create one.

ACCF Learner Bill of Rights

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) recognizes that you are a lifelong learner who has chosen to engage in continuing medical education to identify or fill a gap in knowledge or skill, and to attain or enhance a desired competency. As a participant in an ACCF activity, you have the right to expect that your continuing medical education experience with ACCF includes the following.

Content that:

  • Promotes improvements or quality in healthcare
  • Is current, valid, reliable, accurate, and evidence-based
  • Addresses the stated objectives or purpose
  • Is driven and based on an independent survey and analysis of learner needs, not commercial interests
  • Has been reviewed for bias and scientific rigor
  • Offers balanced presentations that are free of commercial bias
  • Is vetted through a process that resolves any conflicts of interest of planners and faculty
  • Is evaluated for its effectiveness in meeting the identified educational need

A learning environment that:

  • Is based on adult learning principles that support the use of various modalities
  • Supports learners’ abilities to meet their individual needs
  • Respects and attends to any special needs of the learners
  • Respects the diversity of groups of learners
  • Is free of promotional, commercial, and/or sales activities

Disclosure of:

  • Relevant financial relationships that planners, teachers and authors have with commercial interests related to the content of the activity
  • Commercial support (funding or in-kind resources) of this activity


Hardware and Software Requirements
  • A computer with an internet connection
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
  • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required
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