Dear PaACC –
Happy Summer! I hope you have taken the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather (and your vaccinated status) to get outside to stretch your legs and mind. Given the heavy year we’ve all had, a little time outdoors with friends we haven’t seen for a while is good for the soul.
Congratulations to all of our graduating Fellows In Training! We are so proud of all the hard work you’ve done and the cardiologists you’ve become. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. If you are a graduating, FIT please take a few minutes to:
Don’t forget that we have a great, free education session coming this summer:
EMERGING FIELDS OF CARDIOLOGY SERIES: CARDIAC AMYLOIDOSIS
Date: Saturday, July 17
Register by clicking here. We have applied for CME/CNE. Invite your friends and colleagues from other states – all are welcome!
Your PaACC has been strongly supporting Senate Bill 225 in Harrisburg. This bill, known by its shorthand name, the Prior Auth and Step Therapy Bill, updates definitions and addresses the onerous multi-step processes we currently have to go through with insurance companies to petition for the tests and treatment we know are medically best for patients. The coalition supporting this bill is very large and it was unanimously voted out of committee last week. In the coming months it will go to the Senate floor; and at that point we will need support from you, the PaACC! Your part is simple yet critical. When we ask you to contact your state Senator in support of this important legislation, please do so. I know summer is a hard time to be checking email but a few minutes spent on this could save you hours talking to insurance company gatekeepers.
Thanks for all you do.
Katie Berlacher, MD, FACC
President, Pennsylvania Chapter ACC
Governor, Western Pennsylvania
July 2021 - Glenn Cooper, MD, FACC
I Think About the Son
R was amazing. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer. A huge tumor. Over 10 cm, I
believe. As a man well into his 80s, he was at significant risk for surgery to
remove the kidney. On top of that was the aortic valve disease. He had severe
aortic stenosis. Of all the issues a patient can have that put them at high
risk for surgery, severe aortic stenosis is top of the list. We had talked
about that valve. Mr. R made it crystal clear that he wanted no part of aortic
valve surgery. He was a bit of a cantankerous guy. Old school. World War II
generation. The "Greatest Generation". Little things (like kidney
cancer) don’t bother me, and, if they do, I certainly won't complain about
them! 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.
EMERGING FIELDS OF CARDIOLOGY SERIES: CARDIO-ONCOLOGY
Date: Saturday, September 25
Time: 7:30-9:00am EDT
Agenda & registration information are here.
We have applied for CME/CNE. Invite your friends and colleagues from other states – all are welcome!
PaACC Advocacy Webinar
Date: September 27
Additional information and registration are here.
2021 Pennsylvania Legislative Session Updates
Click here to see what's happening in Harrisburg.
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.