Hello Virginia ACC Colleagues!
VCACC Council Update - Thank you for the excellent response to the call for volunteers. I’d like to welcome the newest members to the Chapter Council.
ACC.21 Scientific Sessions - The American College of Cardiology's 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo was a great success with excellent virtual participation. We look forward to meeting in-person next Spring in Washington, DC for ACC.22.
Congratulations - We want to congratulate our colleagues who were recognized as new fellows (FACC) and associates (AACC) of the American College of Cardiology!
Advocacy Update - Significant, bipartisan federal legislation was recently reintroduced that would provide necessary reforms to the prior authorization process. We urge you to ask your member of Congress to support the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2021. The legislation would make several changes to items and services in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Specifically, the bill would:
The ACC has been a
driving force behind the reintroduction of this legislation, working with the
authors to ensure that this will make a series of positive reforms to improve
patient care. It is our hope that this important step forward will bring about
much needed changes to the prior authorization process.
Evan D. Ownby, MD FACC
President, Virginia Chapter ACC
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.
VIRGINIA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGYOur 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
updated 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.
For the free Summer Education Series, click here.
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.