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American College of Cardiology Launches the Nation's First Registry-Based Cardiovascular Practice Network
Date:10/26/2009

PINNACLE Network (TM) Links Thousands of Clinical Cardiovascular Practices to Promote Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Cardiology today announced the launch of the PINNACLE Network(TM), the first-ever registry-based cardiovascular network to link thousands of cardiology practices to each other and to the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry(R) (NCDR), the preeminent cardiovascular data repository in the United States.

The PINNACLE Network(TM) immediately addresses the rapidly shifting business environment that private cardiovascular practices face with a wealth of practice management and financial management tools. The PINNACLE Network(TM) also builds a foundation for innovative, registry-based systems to reward practices for the high quality care that they provide.

"With the legislative and regulatory threats to traditional payment systems and the emergence of value-based payment programs, the ACC is in a unique position to develop and offer the PINNACLE Network(TM) with its suite of practice management tools to help practices not only survive but thrive," said Alfred A. Bove, M.D., Ph.D., president of the ACC.

A comprehensive practice management system, the PINNACLE Network(TM) provides financial management tools to help practices thrive; workforce strategies to enable physicians to meet the increasing demand for cardiovascular care; guidance for the adoption of health information technology; and risk management education and strategies to lower the cost of liability premiums.

The PINNACLE Network(TM) will provide access to data management systems that translate data into clinical insights and leverages the power of the ACC's national data registries to give practices negotiating power with payers for value-based payment systems.

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