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President's Message

march 2021

Dear PaACC Members:

March typically signifies the College's Annual Scientific session with late-breaking clinicals and just-in-time education that updates our knowledge and stimulates our curiosity. This year, ACC.21 has moved to the month of May and will take place virtually. While we are sad we cannot gather in person, the virtual meeting is sure to excite and engage. I encourage you to put the time aside on May 15-17 to join the live sessions which will continue the outstanding education we expect from ACC. These sessions will be available for asynchronous learning after the conference as well. Win - Win for all!

This month the PaACC is asking for those who are invested in leading at the local level to let us know if they would like to join our state chapter Council, Task Forces or Committees. Volunteering in small and large ways here in the chapter is an ideal way to expand your network, give back to the profession and engage. Simply take the two minutes it takes to fill out this form
so we can match you up to our opportunities.

Finally, congrats to our FIT Jeopardy teams who competed in February and to the winners from Einstein Medical Center:
Mohammad Al-Sarie, MD, Jafar Alzubi, MD and Napatt Kanjanahattakij, MD. Big thanks to Marietta Ambrose, MD, FACC and Sri Adusumalli, MD, FACC for helping organize and inspire.  

Until next month,

Katie Berlacher, MD, FACC

President, Pennsylvania Chapter ACC

Governor, Western Pennsylvania

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February 2020 - Jessica Oh, MD

Reflections on Starting Residency in the Middle of a Global Pandemic

I never imagined I would start my residency in the middle of a global pandemic. That I would be worried about PPE availability. Or be afraid of contracting a new virus that scientists were racing to find more information on, a virus that could potentially have life threatening consequences. To read the rest, click here.

Humans of Cardiology is an opportunity for PaACC members to share motivating stories about their personal and professional lives and was inspired by the wildly popular Humans of New York series. Submit your story and view past posts here.   

PaACC CME Opportunities

Click on each link for additional details and registration.

CVT April Journal Club


2021 Pennsylvania Legislative Session Updates

Click here to see what's happening in Harrisburg.

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 advocacyleg@acc.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.


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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