ACC, AJMC launch website to promote quality care
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) launched a joint online venue Sept. 26 that will allow healthcare professionals to share best practices in care delivery and payment reform. Called the Community on Payment Innovations, the website is designed to bring the cardiovascular community together with health policy experts, health economists, government agencies and payors to create innovative approaches to high-quality and affordable patient care that offer alternatives to the traditional pay-for-service model.

The effort complements other ACC initiatives such as Quality First, which promotes health reform based on patient-focused, evidence-based care. “The ACC has long argued that payment reform is crucial to the success of real healthcare reform,” Jack Lewin, MD, CEO of the ACC, said in a statement. “To date there is no payment model that stands above the crowd.”

The ACC is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society serving physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, cardiovascular specialists and other medical professionals. AJMC publishes peer-reviewed research articles on healthcare outcomes and healthcare delivery.

“Partnering with AJMC on this community opens up a much-needed forum for the healthcare community and other stakeholders to engage around this important topic and find a solution that meets the needs of patients, providers and the government,” Lewin said.

The site will be overseen by AJMC Editor-in-Chief Len Nichols, PhD. To learn more about the Community on Payment Innovations, click here.