Governor’s Welcome!

Welcome to the “new” American College of Cardiology Rhode Island Chapter website.

We hope you find the website to be a useful means to update yourself on the activities of the American College of Cardiology, both locally and nationally.

Local Activities:

The Rhode Island chapter was once again well represented at the ACC Annual Legislative Conference held in Washington DC this past month.
The Rode Island contingent was comprised of: cardiology fellows Dr. William J. Prabhu, Dr. Charles Beale, Dr. Kaustubh Dabhadkar, Dr. Adam Noyes, Physician Assistant Indira Sadhu, and me.  The conference was from September the 11th through the 13th at The ACC Heart House, the conference center, and then on Capitol Hill.
We had an exciting time in Washington DC. The first two days were educational meetings.  Similar to last year, MACRA dominated many of the sessions.  There were also exciting sessions about social media and cardiology, and the basics about advocacy.  The ACCPAC dinner was with historian and author Michael Beschloss.
The final and most enjoyable day was spent on Capitol Hill.  We met with all four of Rhode Island’s representatives.  We had great meetings with Senator Jack Reed’s legislative assistant Jill Brimmer; Congressman David Cicilline’s legislative assistant Ross Brennan; Congressman James Langevin’s legislative director Todd Adams; and finally with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in addition to his Senior health care policy advisor Jennifer DeAngelis.
It was a great conference and we look forward to carrying forward the energy from Washington!


National Activities:

On a national level, the ACC has been working hard to prepare for the changing cardiology landscape that is MACRA.

It has long been the stated goal of health care reform to move from a “volume to value” or from a “fee-for-service to a quality-based payment method”.  The ACC is hard at work to make this change as equitable as possible for all cardiologists.

As you are aware, in April of 2015 Congress in a 98 to 2 vote defeated the SGR formula that was previously used to calculate Medicare physician payments.  With the repeal of the SGR formula, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed.  

During the years of 2016 and 2017, payment models will be established based on practice/provider benchmarking.  The current payment schedule will continue each year until December 31st, 2018.  As of January 1st 2019, physician providers will opt for one of two pathways: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APM’s).

In order to help facilitate this process, The ACC has set up a MACRA Information Hub at: (

The ACC has been extremely active on Capitol Hill urging Congress to work with the various medical societies to ensure that the implementation of MACRA is done with the best interest of patients and their providers.  Specifically, the ACC has asked Congress to ensure that MACRA does not become administratively burdensome and doesn’t interfere with delivery of high quality cardiovascular care.  In addition, ACC has asked Congress to implement a “hold-harmless” year or a phased implementation to ensure that transition to the new reporting structure is done with consideration of the limited capacity of some current reporting systems.  The ACC has been advocating CMS to provide effective resources to practices large and small as they transition to become MACRA compliant.


In this vein, the ACC would like to call on all members to become engaged in this dynamic process, which will shape the future of physician practice and reimbursement.


Educational Activities:

  • The Rhode Island Chapter of the ACC holds its’ Annual Chapter Meeting on Wednesday October 19th 2016. 

The Annual Meeting will be held at The Providence Marriott Downtown; 1 Orms Street on Wednesday October 19th 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM. 
The RIACC is pleased to welcome current ACC President Dr. Richard Chazal as the keynote speaker.  A national expert, Dr. Chazal will be speaking on “MACRA and beyond”.

  • In addition, the RIACC is hosting its first American College of Cardiology (ACC) informational meeting and reception for Advanced Practitioner Providers (APP) and RN’s who practice in cardiology.
    There will be an informal meeting and cocktail reception sponsored by the ACC. 

It will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting at Providence Marriott Downtown; 1 Orms Street on Wednesday October 19th 2016 from 5 to 6 PM.  Attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the Rhode Island Chapter Annual Meeting.
This is free to attend and a great opportunity to learn more about the educational opportunities and professional development available to ACC members.  It is also a chance to meet colleagues from across the state.
If interested, please RSVP to Carolyn Kinney at ( by Wednesday October 12th 2016.   Additionally, feel free to speak with Leanne Burke, NP at The Miriam Hospital; Indira Sadhu, PA at Rhode Island Hospital or David Donaldson, MD.

  • The Annual Dr. Michael Gilson Memorial “Fellows Night Out“ conference is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday January 25th 2017 at the Providence Marriott.

The conference is always a fun filled evening of case presentations and a great night out with the fellows.
Proceeds from the conference, in addition to private contributions, will support travel grants for as many as possible FIT’s to attend the Legislative conference in 2017.


Thank you to Kaustubh Dabbhadkar, MD and Mike Paolino for his work on the new website.

Their time and expertise is appreciated!

Please let us know if you have suggestions about design or content of the website. (,,



 David M. Donaldson, MD, FACC

 President, Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Cardiology