Welcome to the Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

This free Summer COVID-19 Education Series will virtually bring clinicians together each week to address topics ranging from clinical trial research to heart failure management in the COVID-19 era. The Education Series will kick off next Saturday, June 6 and include a plenary from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, and focused sessions on topics ranging from PPE to clinician well-being. Learn more and plan to attend.

  

Occupational Work Letter Template

COVID-19 work letter 4.16.20

 

“Is it safe for me to go back to work?”

This article from the New England Journal of Medicine details risk stratification for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Re-Opening-Perspectives

Edward Fry, MD, FACC, from Indianapolis, IN; Abhinav Goyal, MD, MHS, FACC, from Atlanta, GA; Martha Gulati, MD, FACC, from Phoenix, AZ; Samuel Jones, MD, MPH, FACC, from Chattanooga, TN; and Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, from Providence, RI, discuss the challenges and approaches to safely resuming the full range of cardiovascular services. Watch the videos to hear how they are preparing for addressing the needs of patients and health care workers, delivering care in novel ways that incorporate social distancing and masking as well as good communication and shared decision-making, being resilient to adjust as circumstances change, and partnering with local public health officials

Webinar Recording: Cardiovascular Manifestation & Management strategy of COVID-19 patients:

Originally recorded: April 2, 2020

Moderators

David Zhang, MD, PhD, FACC | CHI Franciscan | Tacoma, WA

Gautam Nayak, MD, FACC | President, WA ACC | Confluence Health | Wenatchee, WA 

Physician/Practice Viability

 A recent WSMA survey of physician clinics in our state found that virtually all respondents are being financially impacted by COVID-19, with several having to close their doors altogether.

The federal stimulus package (a.k.a. CARES Act) is intended to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses through a number of programs. The “Paycheck Protection Program” is likely to be of most utility to physician practices, as it provides loans of up to $10 million to qualifying businesses of less than 500 employees that under some circumstances do not need to be repaid.

Intended primarily as a tool for businesses impacted by COVID-19 to cover payroll costs as well as some operational expenses, the PPP loans do not require collateral and can cover up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year, plus an additional 25 percent of that amount (with payroll calculations capped at $100,000 per employee). Provided that the funds are used to primarily cover payroll costs, and that staff and payroll are maintained for the duration of the loan, the loan can be forgiven. Beyond payroll, up to 25 percent of the loan may be used for operational expenses such as rent, interest on mortgages, and utilities.

The PPP launches on Friday, April 3, and given the projected demand for loans, early participation is strongly encouraged. As a first step, consider reaching out to the bank your practice works with as all federally-insured financial institutions are eligible lenders. A fact sheet on the program from the Treasury Department can be found here, and the application form can be found here. Finally, the Association of Washington Business will be hosting a webinar on the program at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 6 – register here.

Free wellness resources for your teams

These are apps that are used for mindfulness and meditation, which may sound hokey to some, but is vitally important in times like this when we’re stressed.  they have very short options – 1-3 minute exercises – that are great to do midday or pre-sleep. 

www.headspace.com/health-covid-19  (go to website, will need to input NPI number and location then can download app with full account and access)

https://www.tenpercent.com/ (free with code HEALTHCARE)

https://www.medaxiom.com/resource-center/clinical-strategy-and-care-delivery/webinar-covid-19-and-the-cv-service-line-practical-approaches-for-an-unprecedented-pandemic-part-1/

https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/features/accs-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-hub

http://heartm.docbook.com.cn/#/meeting_notice_detail?meeting_id=46017&goindex=true

ACC Accepting Applications for Leadership Academy Cohort IV Through Dec. 2

Applications are now being accepted for the ACC Leadership Academy Cohort IV which will launch at ACC.20/WCC in Chicago. Completed applications, which include an online application portion as well as a statement of support from an ACC member leader, are due by Monday, Dec. 2.

Sign Up for ACC “Microvolunteer” Opportunities

There are a lot of big ways to get involved with the College—being on a Section Leadership Council, participating on a taskforce or committee, or serving as faculty for a live course, to name a few. We know, though, that not everyone has the time for some of these larger-scale commitments. That’s why the ACC is excited to announce the launch of our Microvolunteering Platform. Sign up to be among the first to learn about quick-hit opportunities to get engaged in areas such as Advocacy, Communications, Education, Networking and Science. Your involvement, at whatever level, makes the College a stronger organization.

Mission of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

The Goal of the Washington American College of Cardiology is to improve Cardiovascular health for residents of Washington State through education, care, and advocacy.

The purpose of the Chapter is to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane and other cities in Washington State. In carrying out these purposes, the Chapter functions, in consultation with the leadership of the College, as a source of advice to local and state governmental and professional organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease. The Chapter, in the interest of patients, physicians, and the public in general, maintains a high level of social consciousness and involvement with socioeconomic factors and access to the highest possible quality of cardiovascular health care.

American College of Cardiology Mission:

To transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health

News

 

 

Leadership and the ACC: Developing leaders to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health

Thank you Louis Schwartzberg for creating this beautiful film in gratitude to Fellows of the American College of Cardiology (FACC’s)

Gratitude – Louis Schwartzberg

Thank you Louis Schwartzberg for creating this beautiful film in gratitude to Fellows of the American College of Cardiology (FACC's) Share with your loved ones!

Posted by Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

EHR State of Mind

October 22, 2015] EHR’s suck. Let’s make ’em better. Go to http://LetDoctorsBeDoctors.com and tell the IT and government folks what’s up. And check out http://zdoggmd.com for lyrics, behind-the-scenes dopeness, and all our other videos. Please share. View @ YouTube

William Shatner Thanks Cardiologists

[February 28, 2015] William Shatner owes his good health and being able to enjoy his active life to taking advice from good physicians, including his cardiologist. Please share any of the four versions with your friends. The :30, :60 and :90 min. videos are on the California Chapter YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/c/CaaccOrgchapter

MOC Questions & Info

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has implemented changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for board-certified internists.
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“Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”

President Theodore Franklin Roosevelt, 1908

 

Free ACC Cardiology Apps

 

ACC Connect App

ACC AnticoagEvaluator Mobile App

ACC Advocacy Action App

ASCVD Risk Estimator Mobile App
> For iPhone & iPad
> For Android
> Web Version for Desktops

Submit Your Prior Authorization Data!

Having difficulties getting procedures approved? Yes!

Please take a moment to tell us via ACC’s web-based prior authorization tool (PARTool)!

Do your PART to improve the prior authorization process by recording incorrectly denied or difficult requests through  ACC’s PARTool.

The data collected helps the College determine overall prior authorization and test substitution trends by insurer and better understand problematic areas of the process including time burdens, test substitution and peer-to-peer reviews.

The observed trends will be shared with insurers, vendors, state legislators and insurance officials to engage them in ACC’s efforts to reduce the burden of prior authorization and return attention to direct patient interaction.

Practices can submit through a simple online form at ACC.org/PARTool.

THANK YOU !!

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor

Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

The College’s Mission: to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health,
Vision: to reflect a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.
Core Values:

  • Patient-Centered
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Professionalism and Excellence

Check Out The ACC’s New Look!

The ACC’s new website, ACC.org, is now live, offering enhanced features and design requested by ACC members.
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