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President's Message

Dear Virginia ACC Colleagues,

With the plethora of information that is coming out, I wanted to remind everyone about ACC’s COVID-19 Hub, which provides COVID-19 clinical guidance for the global cardiovascular care team. There are frequent new articles that are pertinent to your cardiovascular practice. Most recently, an article on monitoring in patients who are started on chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine was published and can be found here.

As always, please stay safe.

Michael Kontos, MD, FACC

    BVS and VCACC leadership

    VCACC is proud to announce that we are the official international exchange partner with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Members John Brush, MD, FACC, Christopher Kramer, MD, FACC and Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, signed the agreement at the BCS conference in Manchester, England at the beginning of June. On behalf of the BCS Sarah Clarke, MD, FACC, President, and Simon Ray, MD, President-elect welcomed the entire chapter. Plans are being made for the exchange of innovative ideas, patient care models, international clinical experiences that would be open to all VCACC members.

    COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM ACC

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

    INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE PRACTICES

    Click on any of these recorded webinars for up-to-date navigating various issues during this time.

    HeartTalk Podcast: COVID-19 Briefing 04-03-20

    Dr. Jerry Blackwell, President of MedAxiom, and Cathie Biga, CEO and President of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, share the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis. Listen to Full Podcast.

    CMS also released a Video providing answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit. CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. 

    CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR HEART: DON'T IGNORE HEART SYMPTOMS

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

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    Virginia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

    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.

    Read VCACC President Kontos' recent BOG update regarding Accreditation Services by clicking here

    Virginia General Assembly Approves Medicaid Expansion For Low-Income Patients
    On May 30, the Virginia legislature voted to make Medicaid coverage available for an additional 400,000 low-income patients. ACC's Virginia Chapter President Michael Kontos, MD, FACC, and ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, have been engaging with key legislators in support of Medicaid expansion for several years. Daniel Carey, MD, FACC, a member of ACC's Virginia Chapter and secretary of Virginia Health and Human Resources, was instrumental in the passage of this legislation. 

    Do Your PART 

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