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The Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease

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Bylaws & Mission Statement

The Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease (JCCHD) is a council of representatives from four core organizations related to pediatric cardiology: the Section of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Sub board of Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics, the Council on Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, the Council of Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and the American Heart Association. In addition, the JCCHD council includes liaison representation from the International Society of Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ISACHD), the Congenital Heart Surgeon's Society (CHSS), the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STSS), the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the National Congenital Heart Coalition (NCHC).  Originally formed to improve communication and collaboration between the various groups involved with congenital heart disease (CHD) and pediatric cardiology, the JCCHD meets once a year in the Fall and holds numerous conference calls to share information between the represented organizations and to help coordinate national activities related to pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiovascular surgery and CHD.

The JCCHD has worked with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to develop National Quality Improvement Opportunities in conjunction with the Board's Pediatric Maintenance of Certification Program in the Subspecialties (PMCP-S). To accomplish this, the JCCHD formed the JCCHD National Cardiology QI Working Group to draft a National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC), “To Improve Survival and Quality of Life in Infants with a Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome during the “Interstage” period between Discharge from Stage 1 Norwood and admission for Stage 2 Bidirectional Glenn”.  The multicenter project currently is in the measurement phase including development of a longitudinal database/ registry of infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and testing of QI changes intended to decrease interstate mortality and improving the quality of life for these infants. To date, 42 centers have enrolled in the initiative (NPC-QIC.)

In addition, the JCCHD met in Washington, D.C. on January 28, 2008 for a summit on Training in Adult CHD, which was also attended by the Adult Congenital Heart Association and representatives of many academic medical centers.  Following the meeting, the JCCHD formed an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Working Group, with the objective of developing petitions for a joint exam and subboard certification (Pediatrics/Internal Medicine) for pediatric cardiologists caring for adults with CHD.  The ACC is the sponsoring organization of a petition presented to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Petitions were submitted to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in December 2009. The Board voted to approve advancing the petition to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In May 2010 work group submitted a petition to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In July 2010 the Board approved advancing the petition pending the development of a sustainable business model. Last autumn, Eric Holmboe, MD, ABIM Chief Medical Officer, reported a business model was close to being finalized. Recently, ABIM finalized the business model and has agreed to serve as sole sponsor of the petition's application to the American Board of Medical Subspecialties. They are hopeful to submit an application to the ABMS's Committee on Certification, Recertification and Maintenance of Certification (COCERT) in early 2011. In response, the ABP has agreed to have ABIM lead the certification and will develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the ABIM to outline criteria for pediatric cardiologists to be eligible to sit for the ACHD sub-specialty certification. The current JCCHD writing group for pediatrics is, Dr. Catherine Webb (Chair), Dr. Gerard Martin, Dr. Robert Beekman, and Dr. Curt Daniels.  The current JCCHD writing group for internal medicine consists of: Dr. Michael Landzberg, Chair, Dr. Gary Webb, Dr. Carole Warnes, and Dr. Daniels.