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Heart-Failure Deaths Rise, Contributing to Worsening Life Expectancy


Wall Street Journal article, October 2019
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Fake DEA Agents Extortion Scam


[August 6, 2019] The Medical Board of California (Board) has learned that scam artists posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents or Board staff are calling California physicians as part of an extortion scheme. The scammers identify themselves as DEA agents or Board staff calling about ongoing investigations regarding their license issued by the Medical Board of California (Board). The scammers tell victims their license may be suspended for illegal drug trafficking and the suspension means they will not be able to practice. The scammers may provide an “Agreement for the Bond and Protocols” that includes statements that licensees are not to share or disclose the investigation to any third party and agree to a bond fee payment of $25,000.00. The scammers’ phone number may show up as the Board’s toll-free number (800) 633-2322.

No DEA agent or Board staff will ever contact physicians by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you receive a call such as the one described, refuse the demand for payment.
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CA ACC Winners of the ACC.19 Drawing


[December 4, 2018] Congratulations to the winners of the comp registrations from ACC National to ACC.19 for the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. ACC.19 & 68th Annual Scientific Session is March 16 - 18, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.

CVT - Michael Paikal
Physician - John Hollowed
FIT - Sandy Park
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Cardiovascular Research Foundation of So. CA Legends & Heroes Gala with Drew Carey and Jay Leno


[October 18, 2018] Cardiovascular Research Foundation of Southern CA (CVRF) turned the tables on defining star-studded by making their research the real stars of their "Legends & Heroes" Gala, held Oct. 18, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Spearheading the gala was hostess and emcee acclaimed film, theatre and television actress Constance Towers Gavin. Joining her was Special Guest Emcee Drew Carey, comedian and host of "The Price is Right" on CBS and the legendary Jay Leno, comedian, actor, writer, producer, and car enthusiast.

The Lee Iacocca Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Eli S. Gang, MD, Cardiovascular Medical Group physician, researcher, and medical visionary. The Ma Family Lifetime Achievement awardee is David Albert, MD, founder and chief medical officer of AliveCor, and a celebrated mobile health researcher and physician entrepreneur.

CVRF is the non-profit charitable, research and educational organization of the Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern CA (CVMG) committed to supporting and conducting innovative research and education for the advancement of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Website: http://www.cvrf.net
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October 18, 2018: Beverly Hills Cardiovascular Research Foundation fundraiser Excellence in Training Awards.
[Left to right] Drew Carey, Peggy C. Frank, CVRF Executive Director, Constance Towers Gavin, Ronald Karlsberg, MD, Jay Leno.
Photo Credit: Dr. John Harold


Photo Credit: Dr. John Harold

Heart Health with Dr. Manshadi and Josh Cohen [Videos]


[September 2018] Dr. Ramin Manshadi , CA Chapter President of the American College of Cardiology and Sacramento Republic FC Team Cardiologist shares how sports exercise enhances cardiovascular health. Cassandra Lee, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon at UC, Davis, also speaks to the benefits of sports exercise on the body.

Thank you to Sarah Korpi, producer for Sacramento Republic FC, for permission to share her video. Sacramento Republic FC are the 2014 USL Champions. Website: http://www.sacrepublicfc.com




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Videos from the Tech Symposium 2018


[July 24, 2018] Watch videos from speakers and attendees of the Tech Symposium 2018 as they share how cardiologists can use social media, VR, AI and machine learning appropriately at the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology Tech Symposium 2018, held June 9, 2018 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The program theme was "Future Innovations: The Promise and Peril of Digital Medicine".
View Videos on Tech Symposium Page
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2018 Early Career Travel Awards for 1.5-day Research Symposium and Workshop in October 2018


[June 19, 2018] The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Geriatric Cardiology Section, in collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and National Institute on Aging (NIA), is pleased to sponsor a 1.5-day Research Symposium and Workshop focusing on current knowledge and future research directions related to Diagnostic Testing in Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disorders. The conference will be held on October 15-16, 2018 at ACC’s Heart House in Washington, DC.

The ACC is offering up to twelve (12) $1000 Travel Awards to support attendance by qualified trainees and junior investigators. All application materials must be received by no later than Friday, August 17, 2018.

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Rate Regulation for Healthcare Providers Passes Assembly Health Committee


[April 24, 2018]  AB 3087 was amended two weeks ago to establish an 11 person commission to set rates for all healthcare providers (Hospitals, physicians, dentists, and other health providers) for commercially insured patients. The bill which is being sponsored by multiple labor unions is aimed to control medical costs. The bill only set rates for commercial patients and does not change Medi-Cal rates or any other public program.

After intense lobbying from both the proponents and opponents, AB 3087 was heard this afternoon in the Assembly Health Committee. The debate went on for nearly three hours with Ted Mazer, MD, President of CMA and Carmela Coyle, President and CEO of the California Hospital Association being the main witnesses for the opponents.

Legislators dug into the details of the bill but the overall consensus was that something needs to be done to address the unsustainable rise in healthcare costs. Although Legislators expressed concerns with the bill and its potential impact they voiced a desire to see the conversation continue and voted the bill out of Committee. Multiple Legislators who voted for the bill said they would monitor the bill’s progress and if it proceeded to the Assembly Floor they indicated they may vote against the bill.

The next step for the bill is the Assembly Appropriations Committee which will hear the bill in the second or third week of May.

The Passing of CA ACC Executive Director 1990-2006



[January 12, 2018] CA ACC sends condolences to Lita's family, and remembers her Indefatigable work, friendship, and optimism as she lead CA ACC 1990-2006 as Executive Director

The 2017 Chapter Recognition Award For Achievement in Advocacy was Awarded to the California Chapter

Matt Iseman talks American Ninja Warriors - of the heart

[August 2016] View the YouTube Video
Matt Iseman, American Ninja Warrior Host - and Licensed Physician - explains the importance of finding the right caregiver. When in need of a cardiologist, look for the initials F.A.C.C., which means the doctor is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Iseman likes to call them 'American Ninja Warriors - of the heart'.
 

California Students To Become Lifesavers Under New Law Signed By Governor Brown



[September 26, 2016]California is poised to create a new generation of lifesavers thanks to Assembly Bill 1719 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona). Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation that will require high school districts to include CPR instruction in health education classes required for graduation.

   According to the American Heart Association, nearly 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.


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Dr. Myrvin H. Ellestad | August 17, 1921—September 14, 2016



[September 26, 2016] It is with deep sadness that Long Beach Memorial shares the loss of a beloved colleague.

Memorial Service
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 1 PM
Houssels Forum  |  Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Dr. Myrvin H. Ellestad was a global pioneer in the practice of cardiology. He began working at Long Beach Memorial in May 1950 and was one of the original physicians from Seaside Hospital. Dr. Ellestad is widely recognized as the co-inventor of maximal treadmill exercise testing. His textbook, Stress Testing: Principles & Practice defined the field. Even at 95 years of age, Dr. Ellestad was actively involved in the completion of its 6th edition. His vision and indefatigable enthusiasm spearheaded the establishment of the Memorial Care Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial. Dr. Ellestad leaves behind an amazing legacy and will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by his wife, Lera, eight children, and six grandchildren.

For those who would like to honor Dr. Ellestad and his legacy, the Ellestad family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation to support MHVI programs at Long Beach Memorial. Donations may be made by check to: Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Please note “Ellestad Memorial” on the memo line. Online donations may be made at:
https://www.Memorialcare.org/mmcf
Please contact Rev. Sheryl Faulk, 562-933-1452, for questions or needs.

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MACRA: A New Era of Medicare Payment



[September 9, 2016] The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly referred to as MACRA, replaces an outdated Medicare payment system, setting into motion two pathways in which clinicians will participate in order to receive Medicare payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. While the details of MACRA are still being ironed out, it’s important to understand this new era of Medicare payment and the four core components that clinicians will be measured on: quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement and meaningful use of certified electronic health records. To help members navigate MACRA and prepare for the release of the final rule this fall, the ACC has launched a series of articles and resources available through the MACRA Information Hub on ACC.org. Be sure to review this list of frequently answered questions to get up-to- speed on how MACRA will impact you and your practice.
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Help ACC Complete RUC Surveys

[March 23, 2016] Surveys related to the physician work to perform transthoracic echocardiography will be distributed to members in the next few days. If you are randomly selected and receive a survey, please take 15 - 30 minutes to thoughtfully complete it. Annual updates to the physician work relative values are based on recommendations from the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC).

The RUC is an expert panel of the American Medical Association and specialty societies charged with developing relative value recommendations to Medicare. A key part of the RUC process is the completion of relative value surveys. Data from these surveys are used to establish the physician work that determines Medicare payment. Please contact James Vavricek at jvavricek@acc.org with any questions.

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"The Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during American Heart Month"

[February 14, 2016] PFrom Norman E. Lepor MD FACC, President, California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

"The unfortunate passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during American Heart Month is an unfortunate reminder that heart disease remains a major public health problem here in the United States and the industrialized world. His passing is also a reminder that one of the common manifestations of heart disease, sudden death occurs with no preceding symptoms. In the case of Justice Antonin, reports suggest that he had been enjoying a hunting trip and retired to bed feeling fine. Unfortunately, he died in his sleep. It is possible that his passing could have been prevented... "

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Hardship Exemption for MU 2015

[December 27, 2015] Because of a delay in the publication of regulations governing the Medicare meaningful use program, physicians are being urged to preemptively file for a 2015 hardship exemption to avoid penalties in 2016.

Physicians should apply for an exemption under the “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” category, even if they are uncertain whether they will meet the program requirements this year. Doing so will not preclude physicians from receiving an incentive if they do meet meaningful use requirements, but applying can serve as a safety net in staving off a penalty.

In order to avoid a penalty under the meaningful use program, eligible professionals must attest that they met the requirements for meaningful use stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015. Unfortunately, however, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not publish the updated regulations for stage 2 meaningful use until October 16, 2015. As a result, eligible professionals were not informed of the revised program requirements until fewer than the 90 required days remained in the calendar year.

CMS has stated that it will grant hardship exemptions for 2015 if eligible providers are unable to attest due to the late publishing of the rule. However, under current law, CMS can only grant such exemptions on a case-by-case basis. This means that many eligible professions will be required to apply for exemptions and that CMS will have to act on each application individually. CMS has approved over 85 percent of hardship exemptions in the past.

Hardship applications will be available in early 2016 at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms
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For more information on the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, see the CMS tipsheet.

 View "EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Professionals: What You Need to Know for 2015"


"Hospital To Home": CA ACC Qualiy Committee Goals to Help

[November 19, 2015] ACC California Chapter Case Report: The CA ACC Quality Committee’s goal to help our members improve the transition of their patients from the hospital to the community.

Authors: Pranav M. Patel, Sandeep Krishnan, Ajit Raisinghani, Amit Bahia, Jin Kim, Norman Lepor and the CA ACC Quality Committee members.

Chief Complaint: "Re-admitted to the hospital with HF and AMI"
I am sure that the majority of our members are aware of the quality measures and patient care readmission initiatives that occur in our hospitals. However, most of may not know the history and rationale behind these efforts and how the CA ACC can help to improve the quality core measures for the management of patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF) leading to improved patient outcomes.

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California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Mandatory CURES Registration Moved to July 2016

[November 10, 2015] You may be aware of the requirement for all physicians to register for CURES.

Legislation at the end of the legislative year changed to deadline for physicians to register for CURES July 1, 2016. The deadline was moved due to the Department of Justice trying to complete an automated application process which is not currently in place.

See below for information directly from the Department of Justice website regarding CURES.
 View Department of Justice website PDMP Registration


EHR State of Mind Viral Video



[October 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.
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Boehringer Ingelheim Grant for Cardiology, Thrombosis and Stroke

[October 13, 2015] We have a posting on Trialect at www.trialect.com soliciting applications for Boehringer Ingelheim Grant sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany. The following fields will be considered for this Grant Programme:

- Thromboembolic Disease (general)
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Stroke
- Deep Vein Thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism
- Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
- Coronary Artery Disease and/or Peripheral Artery Disease

The programme offers four research grants to the maximum amount of €400 000 each that will be awarded in December 2015 for research projects running no longer than 18 months. Application deadline: 1 November 2015; Applications are encouraged from investigators worldwide. Please do not hesitate to refer your colleagues or fellows to apply for this grant. The details can be perused at Boehringer Ingelheim Grant.

Mended Hearts In The News During Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

[September 14, 2015] The risk of an AFib-related stroke can change over time. Billie Jean King, 39-Time Grand Slam Tennis Champion, spoke about what people can do to help protect themselves.

Read more at MyAFibRisk.com
View Good Morning America Video Mended Hearts mention @ 2:57
Listen to HuffPost Live Audio Mended Hearts mention @ 24:12
Listen to Bloomberg Radio Mended Hearts mention @ 4:23

ABIM Eliminates Double Jeopardy MOC Requirement

[July 3, 2015] In response to input provided by the ACC and other cardiology specialty societies (SCAI, HRS and HFSA) around the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) new requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), the ABIM today announced it is eliminating the requirement to maintain underlying certification in a foundational discipline in order to remain certified in a subspecialty. The ABIM Council unanimously passed the proposal to eliminate this “double jeopardy” provision, noting it was clearly an important topic to the internal medicine community. According to the ABIM, it will begin implementing the new requirement in the coming months, with the change to be fully effective as of Jan. 1, 2016. The change does not affect the requirement for initial certification. This announcement reflects the engagement and collaboration of ACC leaders, as well as the broader internal medicine community, on behalf of their members over the past year and a half. Eliminating the double jeopardy faced by interventional, electrophysiology, adult congenital heart disease and advanced heart failure colleagues who initially had to pass both the general cardiology and sub-subspecialty boards is among the several changes strongly recommended by the College and the broader internal medicine community.

More Info on the change and ACC’s ongoing efforts around MOC.

CMA works with DOJ to identify short-term solution to CURES upgrade problem

[June 24, 2015] In response to concerns raised by the California Medical Association (CMA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to a short-term solution to prevent thousands of Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) prescribers and dispensers from losing access when the new system is launched on June 30. DOJ has committed to keeping the current version of CURES accessible for users who cannot access the new version because of browser compatibility issues. Without intervention, there would have been immediate and greatly reduced access to this valuable public health tool upon implementation of the new version.

Based on communications with DOJ, CMA has produced a summary of what CURES users should know about the launch of the new system, including updates on access and registration changes

More Info: Click to read the summary

Login for CURES (will be redirected to CURES 2.0

CHPI Review and Corrections Process


[April 28, 2015] The California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) will publish healthcare quality measures for over 15,000 California physicians in July, 2015.
   
Quality information about individual physicians and physician practices will be included in this release to the public.

The CHPI team is getting ready to provide those physicians who are included in the public reporting an opportunity to preview their quality measures and the underlying data, and to submit corrections as necessary.

CHPI has established a Provider Review and Corrections web portal for this purpose. CHPI will mail unique login information, instructions for accessing the Provider Review and Corrections portal, and a paper copy of what will be displayed on the reporting website to all physicians who will be included in public reporting.

View What Your Letter Will Look Like
View Methodolgy CHPI Used
View Review Process Guidelines

Expert Journal Club Faculty Discussion of PROMISE Trial Now Available Online

[April 16, 2015] The March ACC Journal Club recorded discussion is now available online. Click here to view slides and hear experts Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC; Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC; and Robert Harrington, MD, FACC discuss “Outcomes of Anatomical versus Functional Testing for Coronary Artery Disease,” published in N Engl J Med. Visit http://www.ACC.org/ACCJournalClub, where you can access a link to the article online, learn more about the program, and access a past collection of Journal Club recordings and articles.

Also, take the Journal Club 2014 activity to earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ per month and up to 10 MOCII points! The activity includes links to past recordings and articles, as well as three multiple choice questions per session. This activity includes materials covering PARADIGM-HF, HPS2-THRIVE, INVEST, and more. Start the activity here: http://www.ACC.org/ACCJournalClub

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William Shatner Takes Stock of a Life Well Lived

[March 5, 2015] William Shatner owes his good health and being able to enjoy his active life to taking care of himself, regular exercise, healthy diet and having good genes inherited from his parents - and taking advice from good physicians, including his cardiologist. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. William Shatner shares that his cardiologist is an F.A.C.C., a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. The F.A.C.C. is an honor achieved by completing advanced cardiovascular training.


William Shatner owes his good health and being able to enjoy his active life to taking advice from good physicians, including his cardiologist.  
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Purpose of our California Chapter

The purpose of the Chapter shall be to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality care for the individuals with such diseases and to foster the highest professional ethical standards. In carrying out these purposes the Chapter shall function in consultation with the leadership of the College and as an advisor to local and state governmental and professional organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease.

The Chapter shall, in the interests of patients, physicians, and the public in general, maintain a high level of social consciousness and involvement with socioeconomic issues which may influence access to high quality cardiovascular health care for all individuals.

The Chapter has been formed as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation underthe federal and California state tax codes. The Chapter maintains an Executive Office with a full time Executive Director and support staff. The Chapter also maintains a full time lobbyist and staff in Sacramento.

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