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What Have We Accomplished Lately? ACC Advocacy 2019 in Review

January 2020: The past year was a busy one for ACC Advocacy. Here are some highlights of the many efforts to improve access to care and practice stability, reduce administrative burden, increase member engagement, promote value-based care, and optimize care and improve population health.

Reducing Administrative Burden and Prior Authorization
As part of strategic efforts to develop and advocate for public policy solutions to issues that hinder patient care and contribute to administrative burden and clinician burnout, the ACC worked closely with stakeholders across the house of medicine, as well as ACC's State Chapters on several efforts. For example, as part of its work with the Regulatory Relief Coalition, the College helped craft legislation and secured introduction of the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 to address prior authorization in Medicare Advantage plans. Additionally, more than 1,200 records of authorization denials from 38 states have been submitted through ACC's Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARTool) to date and conversations with payers and other stakeholders on opportunities to mitigate this burden and advance solutions continue.
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2017 Chapter Recognition Award For Achievement in Advocacy Awarded to the California Chapter


Get Involved in Grassroots

Through its advocacy efforts, the ACC builds relationships with Congress, federal government agencies, state legislative and regulatory bodies, private insurers and other policy making groups to advance the College’s mission of improving heart health.

In 2016, the College’s advocacy priorities include creating a value-driven health care system; ensuring patient access to care and cardiovascular practice stability; promoting the use of clinical data to improve care; fostering research and innovation in cardiovascular care; and improving population health and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Member participation in advocacy efforts is crucial to shaping the future of cardiology. See how ACC members are ensuring cardiology’s voice is heard at the local, state and national level. Now is the time to get involved! Find out how you can make a difference by visiting or contacting your Chapter Executive!

4 Year Phase In of Scheduled Cuts

In response to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, ACC worked with Congress and the Administration to achieve a 4 year phase-in of most scheduled cuts to cardiovascular-related services to help physicians adjust to the changes.

Phase In Reimbursement Cuts

ACC has since worked with Representative Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas) and 65 other congressional signatories on a letter sent to CMS urging them to phase-in reimbursement cuts to SPECT MPI.

Worked with U.S. Representative

ACC has worked with Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas) to introduce legislation (H.R. 4371) addressing these cuts to cardiology. The bill currently has 125 co-sponsors.

Congressional Donations

Since January 1, 2009, ACCPAC has disbursed over $750,000 to over 200 congressional candidates and committees, $60,000 of which was disbursed to members of the California delegation.100 percent of personal contributions to the PAC from ACC members are used to fund such disbursements.

Relationships between Members and Federal Lawmakers

Between 2009 and 2010 so far, ACCPAC has arranged 80 private, personal meetings between FACCs and their members of Congress. Facilitating strong and lasting relationships between our members and their federal lawmakers is at the core of ACCPAC's mission.

2018 CARDIO PAC Board:

William B. Ricks, MD, FACC, Cardiology PAC Chair

Norman Lepor, MD, FACC
Daniel Jurewitz, MD, FACC
William Averill, MD, FACC
Ramin Manshadi, MD, FACC
Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC
Anthony Hilliard, MD, FACC
Lianna Collinge, CAE
Tim Madden

Photo Gallery

Below, click to enlarge: CA ACC Legislative Conference team virtual meeting with (left to right) Long Beach and Orange County Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D) of the 47th District, Gregory Thomas, Pranav Patel, Patricia Nguyen, Afnan Tariq, Clayon Heard and Andrew Bower on Oct 6, 2020.

Below, click to enlarge: Garwood Gee, MD, FACC, Immediate Past Vice President, Northern California Governor (left) visits and advocates with Matt Bedinger from Senator Kamala Harris' office in Washington D.C., 2019.

Below, click to enlarge: Norman Lepor, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI, Immediate Past Vice President, Southern California Governor (right) gives a CA ACC contribution to Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), serving San Fernando Valley. June 5, 2018.

Below, click to enlarge: ACC Legislative conference attendees visited John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district September 2017 in Washington DC.

Below, click to enlarge: Yu Xie, MD, Chief Cardiology Fellow at ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference September 11 – 13, 2016 in Washington DC | Read The ACC Legislative Conference and What I Learned: Perspective from a Fellow-in-Training: "... the relationships we have are built on repeat exposure: meaning we need to keep these campaigning efforts alive both on a state and national level by staying active FIT members." [By Yu Xie, MD, Chief Cardiology Fellow 16-17; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center]

Below, click to enlarge: Yu Xie, MD, Chief Cardiology Fellow at ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference September 11 – 13, 2016 in Washington DC.

Below, click to enlarge: Left to Right: Sandeep Krishnan, MD, Rep. Ted Lieu, John Harold, MD, Daniel Westerdahl, MD, FACC ACC Advocacy tweeted: "A successful meeting between @RepTedLieu, @jgharoldmd, Sandeep Krishnan & Daniel Westerdahl #ACCGrassroots #ACCFIT." [February 1, 2016]

Below, click to enlarge: Sheila Kar, MD, FACC with Congressman Brad Sherman [D-CA30] and Norman Lepor, MD, FACC FAHA FSCAI [Oct. 26, 2014]

Below, click to enlarge: California State Senator Ben Allen [D-CA26] on left receiving a CA ACC PAC check from Norman Lepor, MD, FACC FAHA FSCAI, CA ACC Governor-elect, who also sponsored an event in Lepor's office for then-candidate Allen [Oct. 26, 2014]

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