Comprehensive Compilation of Content Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

As we all work together on the front lines to best serve our patients and lead COVID-19 response planning for our institutions, the ACC is working to provide COVID-19 clinical guidance for the global cardiovascular care team.

Stanford COVID-19 Accredited Education Available Online

Stanford Medicine is bringing together various experts to discuss the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Stanford CME office offers education for healthcare professionals on the frontlines, covering everything that is known about the coronavirus outbreak. Visit us online for latest information and developments on COVID-19 as presented virtually by our Stanford Medicine faculty. 

“Is It Safe for Me to Go to Work?” Risk Stratification for Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic” from The New England Journal of Medicine

“Perspectives” article by Marc R. Larochelle, M.D., M.P.H.
[Excerpt] “Apprehensively, I dialed Mr. M. for an update.
Weeks earlier, he and his wife had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. A few days before this call, Mr. M. had been discharged from the hospital, since his cough and fever were improving. Unfortunately, Ms. M. had developed worsening breathing, needed more oxygen, and was at that point being transferred to the ICU. Mr. M. picked up the phone, quiet and tearful. “How are you?” I asked.

“Terrible, doctor,” he replied. “Maria died last night.” She had died, alone, in an ICU. Mr. M. was now mourning her loss, alone, at home.”

“Patients Employer Notification Draft Letter”

The ACC has made available a “To whom it may concern” draft letter for health care workers to use when notifying employers of COVID-19 patients. Information on risk factors for more severe illness resulting from infection with SARS-CoV2 continues to evolve with progression of the pandemic and reporting from newly affected regions. As of mid-April 2020, little has been published on the U.S experience in peer-reviewed journals. In response to public statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources, some ACC members have reported patients asking for occupational guidance in this area. The following draft letter may be useful for some patients in circumstances in response to such requests. The draft letter may be modified as need to fit an individual patient’s clinical or occupational circumstances.

“Re-Opening” CV Services Video Series from ACC

Weekly ACC COVID-19 Hub Update for April 27, 2020

A little more than a month ago the ACC’s COVID-19 Hub was created to house the College’s first COVID-19 Clinical Bulletin, a widely-read Cardiology article talking about Influenza and COVID-19, and early Advocacy efforts around telehealth flexibility as the virus was beginning to spread through the U.S. In the weeks since, the Hub has grown exponentially with updated clinical guidance, front-line perspectives from around the world, ongoing advocacy and policy updates, practice and operational guidance, new research and more. In an effort to better organize the Hub and make it easier to navigate and find content, a team of staff and leaders have been hard at work revamping the Hub to accommodate all of the great content.

Under the new Hub, you’ll find a focused page containing all of our telehealth resources; clinical guidance organized by clinical topic; front-line perspectives organized by country or region; and quick links to JACC Journals, CardioSmart and Clinician Well-Being COVID-19 content. You’ll also find dedicated pages for ACC and MedAxiom webinars, videos and podcasts, and more. Additionally, important links to CDC, FDA, WHO and other agency and medical society resources are also available.

In addition to the new look, check out the following COVID-19 clinical guidance highlights posted this week:

Thrombosis and COVID-19: FAQs For Current Practice
Implications, Considerations For Thrombotic Disease Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic (JACC)
AMI Management During COVID-19: Consensus Statement of ACC, SCAI, and ACEP

On the Advocacy and policy front, the Department of Health and Humans Services has announced the allocation of the remaining provider relief funding, with funds being disbursed different general, targeted, rural, Indian Health Service, and uninsured funding streams. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued guidance regarding essential non-COVID-19 care in areas with low incidences of COVID-19. The Advocacy team is also closely following the funding bill that passed the Senate earlier this week and is being voted on in the House today. Stay tuned to and @Cardiology on Twitter for more information.

California Medical Group Management Association COVID-19 Resources

The California Medical Group Management Association has modified their website to provide pertinent information of importance to medical practice executives. The site archives all COVID-19 related webinar recordings as well as useful links that will be updated as more information becomes available. Educational content will be provided for free to non-members of CA MGMA.

Stanford University Medicine Grand Rounds: Focusing on COVID-19 Watch On Demand Grand Rounds recorded via ZOOM

Free Webinars from the California Medical Association

Telehealth: Useful Communication Codes During COVID 19 Work

COVID-19 Webinar Recording

COVID-19 and the CV Service Line: Practical Approaches for an Unprecedented Pandemic

Joint Chinese Cardiovascular Association and ACC Conference of COVID-19