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President's Message

november 2021

Dear Colleagues –

This month’s message features one of our important initiatives – read on as Dr. Benham Tehrani, MD outlines our advances in cardiogenic shock in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Evan Ownby, MD, FACC

President, Virginia Chapter ACC

Despite two decades of advances in medical and device-based therapies, clinical outcomes in patients with cardiogenic shock remain poor, with short-term mortality rates in excess of 40%. In response to this sobering reality, the Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative (VCSQI) and the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC), with the support of the Virginia Chapter ACC, have joined efforts to promote a statewide cardiogenic shock initiative to improve the quality of care and hospital outcomes of patients afflicted with this syndrome. This partnership was showcased at the Fall VCSQI meeting on September 23 when experts from across the Commonwealth discussed the full spectrum of shock, including evolving definitions, the role of multidisciplinary shock teams, hub and spoke models for triage and management, ICU care and the surgical perspective.  

Starting in November, a VHAC/VCSQI Shock Management workgroup will be convened which will meet on a bimonthly basis to review the current state of shock and help bridge the gaps towards better outcomes. The work group will engage physicians, advanced practice providers and EMS leaders from the six regions to promote the development of standardized protocols, core metrics for disease recognition and systems of care approach for managing cardiogenic shock.

The Virginia Chapter ACC encourages all members of the chapter to participate in the statewide initiative. Please be on the lookout for invitations in your emails from the VCSQI/VHAC Shock Workgroup. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Behnam Tehrani (, Dr. Peter O’Brien (, Sherri White ( or Eddie Fonner (

Benham Tehrani, MD, FACC
Council Member

Virginia Chapter, American College of Cardiology

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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.

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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:

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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.

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