The American College of Cardiology, Haymarket Medical Education, and myCME Drive Change in Clinician Prescribing Behavior for Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure

RightSTEPS Blended-Learning Initiative Provides Comprehensive
Education to Empower Clinicians to take the RightSTEPS to treat the
right patients with the right drugs at the right dose at the right time.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To address the 75 percent of chronic heart failure (HF) patients who do
not receive optimal doses of guideline-recommended drugs, the American
College of Cardiology (ACC), Haymarket Medical Education (HME), and
myCME have joined forces to develop RightSTEPS: Optimizing Medical
Therapy for Chronic Heart Failure.
This long-term education
initiative aims to help clinicians follow prescribing guidelines
to reduce hospitalizations and readmissions and to improve patient

Launching in 2017, with additional education to be added regularly
throughout the year, the program is overseen by leading experts in HF
treatment, including Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH, FACC (Director, Heart
Failure Disease Management, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women’s
Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School).
The curriculum includes American College of Cardiology/American Heart
Association guideline-driven medical therapy, and it enables clinicians

  • Learn via a dedicated online Cardiology Learning Center on
    myCME offering self-paced, personalized educational activities that
    are eligible for up to 16 continuing medical education
    (CME)/continuing nursing education (CNE) complimentary credits,
    including individualized treatments for various gender and
    racial/ethnic populations
  • Practice during face-to-face live meetings at regional
    healthcare systems, with parallel sessions for patients and caregivers
    at Veterans Affairs hospitals
  • Perform and receive customized online coaching that qualifies
    as a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment
    Program Improvement Activity under the new Merit-based Incentive
    Payment System (MIPS)

“Improving heart health is at the core of the ACC’s mission,” said ACC RightSTEPS
Chair and Course Director Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH, FACC. “With RightSTEPS,
medical professionals treating heart failure patients have easier access
to the tools they need to make informed, guideline-driven decisions and
provide their patients with the highest quality care.”

“Successful treatment of chronic HF depends on both medical knowledge
and ongoing dialogue,” said Priya Wanchoo, MD, Medical Director of
myCME. “We’re pleased the education we develop with the ACC for RightSTEPS
will have a dedicated home on myCME. We believe it will provide
clinicians a support center for their efforts in providing optimal
patient care.”

Supported by an independent educational grant from Novartis
Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the curriculum is designed for the range of
clinicians who provide care for patients with chronic HF, including
cardiologists, internists, primary care physicians, nurses, nurse
practitioners, and physician assistants. To further close the circle and
improve performance, it includes education geared for patients with
chronic HF and their caregivers.

To see the RightSTEPS: Optimizing Medical Therapy for Chronic Heart
website, visit:

Heart failure is recognized as a global epidemic. Americans account for
more than 22 percent of the 26 million worldwide HF population—a
shocking 5.7 million adults.1-2 Despite great progress in
improving outcomes in other cardiovascular diseases,3-4
American clinicians show only limited success in HF prevention and
management. Inadequate or inappropriate medical therapy, regional
variations in quality of care, cardiovascular differences between men
and women, disparities in communities of color—including African
Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans—and inconsistencies in
after-hospitalization management5-9 all contribute to a
compelling need for HF education to engage and encourage collaboration
among clinicians, patients, and caregivers to create practice change and
improve patient outcomes.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society
that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team.
The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and
improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy,
standards, and guidelines. The College operates national registries to
measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to
hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education,
disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon
cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more,

About myCME and Haymarket Medical Education

Recognized as a global leader of CME, myCME and HME reach 2.2 million
healthcare professionals with relevant, engaging, and actionable
education that positively impacts clinical performance and patient

With top-quality courses across multiple specialties and award-winning
education that inspires at the learner level, myCME and HME provide
scientific and medical knowledge designed to elevate the performance of
both practitioner and practice. In addition, HME is an Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education–accredited provider of CME.

To learn more about myCME and HME, visit


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