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President's Message

september 2021

Hello Virginia ACC Colleagues!

VCSQI Fall Meeting, September 23, 2021

Join the Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative in their Fall meeting on September 23 from 5:30 – 7:30pm EDT. The focus will be the collaboration between VCSQI, the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) and the new Virginia Shock Initiative. Register here. Click here to view the agenda.

ENGAGE, ADVOCATE AND INFLUENCE – ACC 2021 Legislative Conference, October 3-5

Due to a rise in COVID cases, this has been changed to an ALL VIRTUAL meeting. Please take this opportunity to learn the latest about advocacy efforts in the ACC and partner with colleagues as we meet with members of Congress and their staff to discuss ways to improve cardiovascular care and health policy. Virtual congressional visits will continue as planned on October 5. The ACC HeartPAC event featuring Olympic gymnast Dominque Dawes will take place virtually. More information, including registration can be found here.


Evan D. Ownby, MD FACC

President, Virginia Chapter ACC 

BCS annual meeting screen shot

VCACC is proud be the official international exchange partner with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Above, VCACC members participate in the BCS Virtual Annual Meeting.

BVS and VCACC leadership


Our purpose is to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases, and to foster the highest professional ethical standards.

Date: November 21

Time: 8:55-11:30am

Location: Zoom

Agenda and additional information at:

Register Today!

Congress All Ears on Telehealth Expansion Post-Pandemic 

With Medicare and many private payers now covering an expanded list of telehealth services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress continues to wrestle with post-pandemic virtual care, particularly around quality of care and patient safety, privacy and security, and appropriate payment. Several key House and Senate committees have met to discuss options. Most recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing this week to discuss the expansion of access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries. This continues to be a priority issue for your ACC Advocacy team in ongoing discussions with Congress. ACC members are encouraged to help amplify these messages by meeting with lawmakers and sharing expertise and lessons learned. For help with scheduling a meeting, email

ACC Membership Renewal

The ACC and Chapter membership renewal deadline is just around the corner on December 10th. This year, the greater ACC community has rallied together to face unprecedented challenges to our practices and our communities. 

Be sure your voice is at the table in 2021. Our membership prices are the same. Additionally, if you’re unable to pay your full renewal amount—contact us. Your membership is worth more than a single year’s dues payment, and we’re happy to work with you on alternate payment options for 2021.

Additionally, at the Chapter level, we’ve been hard at work providing you with localized opportunities for involvement, education and networking—plus providing you with representation to lawmakers and decision makers at the local and state levels.

Keep ACC as your cardiovascular home as together we transform CV care and improve heart health.

Renew online or by calling ACC Member Care at 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.


The ACC has pulled together COVID-19 information and resources and is updating it daily. Click here for the COVID-19 Hub.  

For the free Summer Education Series, click here 


ACC CardioSmart recently published the infographic below to emphasize the importance of maintaining heart health through the epidemic. Click here for additional information.

Heart Health during COVID-19 graphic

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