Spring 2019

April 5, 2019

Fellow ACC Colleagues,

It appears the snow is melting and Spring may finally be upon us, but within NY ACC, things have been heating up for quite a while! Having recently returned from the national ACC conference in New Orleans last week, I am once again rejuvenated with all the activities that the New York ACC Chapter and national ACC have ongoing. The conference was terrific with great scientific presentations and networking opportunities, however I think the New York Chapter stole the show this year with our parade in the French Quarter. For those who couldn’t attend, you may be aware that we strive to host a reception at the national ACC meetings each year for state Chapter attendees…[Read full column here]

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Letter from the President – April 2019

Fellow ACC Colleagues,

It appears the snow is melting and that spring may finally be upon us, but within the New York ACC Chapter, things have been heating up for quite a while! Having recently returned from the national ACC conference in New Orleans, I am once again rejuvenated with all the activities that NYACC and national ACC have ongoing.

The conference was terrific, with great scientific presentations and networking opportunities, however I think the New York Chapter stole the show this year with our parade in the French Quarter. For those who couldn’t attend, you may be aware that we strive to host a reception at the national ACC meetings each year for state Chapter attendees. Being that we were in New Orleans this year, we decided to raise the bar a bit, and we were able to obtain our own parade license from the city of New Orleans, commandeered a local brass band and Grand Marshal and we had our own police escort for a second line parade through the streets of the French Quarter.

The event was a huge success and we even had some ACC representation from other states who temporarily applied for NY membership to participate! We have photos of the event on our website and social media accounts, so definitely take a look if you have a chance, and be sure to mark your calendars for ACC.20 in Chicago next year to see what we try to come up with to top this experience…..it’ll be a challenge to say the least!

Within the Chapter we said goodbye to some old friends who have served us well as Board members on the NY ACC Council the last few years and recently welcomed a new crop of Councilors who are eager to get started in representing your interests and helping make the New York Chapter the local professional home for all of the Cardiovascular Team.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our departing Councilors and welcome our new members to the team.

Departing Councilors Incoming Councilors
Dr. Stanley Fernandez Dr. Joshua Schulman-Marcus
Dr. Charles Lowenstein Dr. Farbod Raiszadeh
Dr. Amgad Makaryus Dr. Jason Pacos
Dr. Robert Phang Dr. John Makaryus
Dr. Benjamin Schaefer Dr. Ayman Iskander
Dr. Michael Sassower Dr. Jennifer Lang

Along with seeing old and new faces, our Chapter was once again recognized for all of the good work we have been doing over the last year. At the Board of Governors meeting at ACC.19, our Chapter received the award for work towards improving diversity and inclusion amongst the Chapter and helping to foster a pipeline for diversity entering the field of Cardiology and for creating representation at a state and national level. Through the work of the NYACC Council, led by our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Chair, Dr. Robert Roswell, we have laid a foundation on which we intend to keep building to foster greater opportunity for involvement within the Chapter and the field of Cardiology.

In addition, NYACC received an Innovation Award, in partnership with the California Chapter of ACC and the Innovation Section of ACC, to create Innovation Hubs at our Chapter meetings. With this award, we have announced our first offering, which is the Inaugural New York ACC Shark Tank Competition to be held in Riverhead, NY in concert with our NYACC Annual Scientific Session on August 2nd and 3rd of this year.

We have had 20+ applications for groups wanting to compete to demonstrate their innovations to the practice of Cardiology in front of a group of judges that will be comprised of ACC Leadership, business leaders and venture capital investors. To make this even more exciting, as we have already scheduled our Scientific Session to be held at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, we will be holding the Shark Tank competition in the Shark Tank room with a wall of sharks swimming in the background as we hear from our competitors! Once again, NYACC does nothing half way!!

While there are many things for us all to be proud of that have occurred over the last year, we have heard from many that provider wellness and burnout remain huge issues that face us all. The ACC and Chapter, while not able to solve all the problems we face, have committed to doing their part to improve the practice of Cardiology for us all. To this end, we are announcing two initiatives that we will be pursuing in the months ahead:

  • Prior Authorization relief: We’ve heard loud and clear that members and their practices are inundated with prior authorization requirements and concerned that these administrative burdens are interfering with their ability to appropriately care for patients. We have had conversations with state and national legislators on this topic and even had some success in pockets with discussions with insurance companies and regulators, but we think we can do more.As announced previously, the ACC has released the Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARTool), which is an online tool that takes about 2 minutes to complete. It tracks what procedures are requiring prior authorizations, the outcome of the request and the payers and approvers who are involved. While a small additional step in the process, we are asking all New York members to join together in the month of May and have your administrative staff enter all prior authorizations for your office.With this one month of data, we believe we will have enough data to make our case at the state and national levels to reverse this trend, but we can’t do it without you. Please join us in this important effort. The website for the PARTool is: https://www.acc.org/partool. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly or your Councilor from your region, but together we can make a difference!
  • Maintenance of Certification struggles: As I announced previously, the ACC has worked with both the ABIM and the NBPAS to create options for members seeking alternatives to the high stakes 10-year recertification exam and MOC requirements. The national ACC announced at ACC.19 an agreement with ABIM to allow a Continuing Maintenance Pathway that will be allowed in lieu of the 10-year recertification exam.With this process, we now can complete one of five ACCSAP modules per year for 5 years and answer 60 questions from that module in a timed exam with successful completion resulting in maintenance of ABIM certification without needing to take the 10-year exam. While admittedly not free, this program requires purchase of the ACCSAP program which is $1,500 to provide 5 years’ worth of modules ($300 per year) plus $128 fee each year to ABIM for those who wish to maintain their board certification status.For those who do not need ABIM status and wish to use NBPAS or any other credentialing, they can use ACCSAP or any of the other low/no-cost CME options that the College provides to demonstrate ongoing continuing education.

While this is an improvement, I’ve heard loud and clear that there is more work to be done, and I agree. Thus the New York Chapter of the ACC has taken it on as an advocacy effort to lobby our legislators at State and national levels to help remove the costly burdens that continuous education and Board certification place on the profession of Medicine. I encourage you to join with us for lobbying days and the Legislative Conference to ensure our voices are heard as we work to remove the costly burdens that MOC have placed on us without any clear evidence of improved care delivery for the patients we serve. This will not be an easy process, but the tides are in our favor, and again, together we can make a difference.

Finally, I want to spotlight our upcoming offerings for 2019. We have our ever-popular Cardiovascular Team Conference which will be moving back to Manhattan this year at the Wells Fargo Conference Center on Friday June 7, 2019. We have a terrific line-up of speakers planned and our special guest, Tim Atteberry, CEO of the national ACC who will be attending, followed by the well-received Summer Soiree to follow immediately after the conference. Hope to see you in Manhattan for that! Next, combine Cardiologists, The Hamptons and summer and what do you get? New York ACC Scientific Session 2019 of course!! As noted above we will have our Inaugural Shark Tank Competition, Fellows Jeopardy and Scientific Session all occurring in Riverhead, NY, on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, 2019. This will be one you don’t want to miss!

President Teeters dancing with parade Grand Marshal Darlene Embry

That’s all for now, but please reach out with questions or issues, join a committee, group or task force within the Chapter and/or attend one of our educational conferences! I would love to meet and talk with as many of you as possible to ensure the NYACC is representing your needs and interests!

With warm regards,

J. Chad Teeters, MD, FACC
Upstate Governor | President
New York ACC

Fall 2016

November 1, 2016
The seasons turn, and change is in the air. Our annual Scientific Session saw a change in venue to the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Located only four blocks from Penn Station at the Hotel Eventi, the event also featured a meet-and-greet cocktail reception the evening prior to the Society’s 88th Annual Scientific Session. The demographics of our patient population continue to evolve, as does our paradigms of care, driven by new drugs and devices, cost, societal concerns, and politics.The focus of our Annual Meeting was particularly timely in this regard. The event, titled “Cardiology for the Ages: Tailoring Care for our Aging Population,” featured a distinguished faculty, providing both a broad overview and helpful advice to the practitioner for these changing times. Attendee feedback throughout the meeting was outstanding, and many I talked to were favorably impressed with the organization, hotel, service and the proximity to transportation.In other exciting news, we have established a new partnership with two cardiological societies in Argentina to facilitate chapter exchange. The purposes of the partnership include promoting the academic exchange of young physicians between hosting medical institutions, organizing joint sessions during selected meetings, promoting shared registries and developing consensus documents.The annual meeting of the Argentine Congress of Cardiology is held in October in Buenos Aires, and the National Congress of Cardiology is held in June in Rosario. Other specialty meetings are also held on an annual basis. We are currently in the process of defining areas of shared interest and potential collaboration and soliciting interest in and developing a list of institutions interested in hosting visiting cardiologists.

At our State Chapter meeting, we have begun to explore the possibilities of providing seed money grants for pilot projects of new investigators. Another hot topic was how to assess the interest of our trainees and training programs, organize and select a team for participation in National ACC Scientific Session Jeopardy Competition. At this time, any and all suggestions are welcome

Finally the trick-or-treat season has also brought us the final version of MACRA from CMS. MACRA reflects the beginning of a sea change in health care emphasis and reimbursement from fee for service care to quality- and value-based care.

Most providers will be participating in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS), which will replace the current meaningful use, physician quality reporting system and the value-based payment modifier.

Due to advocacy efforts, new providers and providers who bill Medicare less than $30,000/ year or provide care to fewer than 100 Medicare patients are not required to participate in MACRA. Performance data can be collected as early as Jan. 1, 2017, although CMS has agreed to allow practitioners to begin collecting data as late as Oct. 2, 2017.

The data collected in 2017 will determine payment adjustments beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Failure to participate will result in an automatic 4% decrease in payments, and submission of a full year of data is required for the possibility of receiving a positive payment adjustment of up to 4% in 2019. You can learn more about the program from the CMS website, (https://qpp.cms.gov/).

An excellent and local choice to learn more about how to prepare yourself for the significant changes in practice and reimbursement that MACRA will bring is the New York Cardiac Center Lecture,featuring Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC – “MACRA: a Paradigm Shift in How CMS will Pay Clinicians.” It will be held on Dec. 07, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Uris Auditorium on the Weill Cornell campus. Look forward to seeing you there!

William E. Lawson, MD, FACC | Upstate Governor
President, New York State Chapter,
American College of Cardiology



On October 8th, NYACC held its Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, titled “Cardiology for the Ages: Tailoring Care of our Aging Population.”

We would also like to once again congratulate all of our Young Investigator winners:

Abstract Award Winners: 

  • Saurav Chatterjee, MD (First place)
  • Joshua M. Lader, MD (Second place)
  • Nathaniel Smilowitz, MD (Third place)

Clinical Case Award Winners:

  • Aeshita Dwivedi, MD (First place)
  • Gustavo S. Guandalini, MD (Second place)

NYACC would also like to thank all of you who attended, as well as our presenters:

  • Joseph Alpert, MD, FACC, of University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Sabahat Bokhari, MD, FACC, of Columbia University
  • Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine
  • Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, MBA, of Yale School of Medicine
  • John Dodson, MD, FACC, of NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Mat Maurer, MD, FACC, of Columbia University
  • Nicole Orr, MD, FACC, of Tufts Medical Center
  • Mike Rich, MD, FACC, of Washington University in St. Louis

Summer 2016

August 1, 2016

A very happy August to you. I hope your summer has been pleasant thus far and that you are finding some “cooler” moments to spend outdoors. This will be my last message to you as President of NYACC, as my role now shifts to serving as President of the New York Cardiological Society.

We have scheduled several upcoming events for you, and I am excited about all of them. Our 88th Annual Scientific Session and 26th Annual Meeting will be held October 7-8 at the Hotel Eventi in NYC. We have a wonderful lineup of speakers, including Drs. Joseph Alpert, Sabahat Bokhari, Sarwat Chaudhry, Kumar Dharmarajan, John Dodson, Mathew Maurer, Nicole Orr, and Mike Rich, who are experts on aging in the field of CV care. This should be a great event, and I hope to see many of you there.

We have been working hard to provide greater member benefit to you, and as such, there will be no fee (for NYACC members) for this year’s Scientific Session. In addition, the night prior (Oct. 7th), we have added a free member reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This event will also be held at the Hotel Eventi to give you all the opportunity to socialize and to network. If you plan on attending, you must register for both events, as space is limited.

You can register now at https://ny-acc.org/2016annualmtg or by calling (212) 686-0228.

If you are a Fellow In Training (FIT) or a fellowship director, consider being a part of the Young Investigators’/Case Presenters’ Award Competition. It is a wonderful opportunity to present your research to a distinguished group of cardiovascular professionals at one of our biggest events of the year.

I am also happy to share that we will be co-sponsoring this year’s “Janet Baldwin Dinner/Lecture,” a 50-year-running lecture that features a prominent pediatric cardiologist, with the Pediatric Cardiology Society of Greater New York. More details are forthcoming.

As a final note, with implementation and congressional oversight of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) well underway, it is a critical time for us to be in Washington D.C. to personally deliver cardiology’s message. Several of your NYACC leaders will be representing our Chapter next month in D.C. during ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference. If you wish to join us, you can register online here.

Have a great rest of your summer; I’ll see you in October!

Tim Malins, MD, FACC | Upstate Governor
President, New York State Chapter,
American College of Cardiology

Heart Failure Management    

Last month the ACC held its Emerging Strategies for Heart Failure Roundtable, which brought together a wide group of experts and relevant stakeholders to examine the practical barriers and gaps in care and/or knowledge around HF management.

Discussions focused on three primary areas: 1) Accountability in Heart Failure: The Challenges and Complementary Nature of Adherence, Measurement and Evolving Science; 2) New Medications, New Choices – Which Guideline Directed Medical Therapy Should be Used for Optimal Medical Therapy; and 3) Prevention of AHA Stage C Heart Failure.

The Roundtable is the first step in launching the College’s new “Succeed in Managing Heart Failure” Initiative, a multidisciplinary quality program designed to improve care for heart failure patients. Outcomes from the Roundtable will be used to inform the development of clinical tools and patient resources.

ACC Among Best Places to Work    



The American College of Cardiology was selected as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016.

Increasing staff and member knowledge and skills is one of the College’s top priorities. This honor is truly a reflection on the College’s efforts to ensure that staff are able to best support our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.

Specific rankings will be announced on Oct. 6 at the Modern Healthcare awards gala in New Orleans.

News from ACC

Recommendations on two new heart failure (HF) medications are detailed in a focused update of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure, released May 20 by the ACC, American Heart Association (AHA) and Heart Failure Society of America and published in theJournal of the American College of Cardiology.

The focused update includes the addition of an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) (valsartan/sacubitril), and a sinoatrial node modulator (ivabradine) to the list of treatment options for Stage C HF patients with a reduced ejection fraction.

“This document details the benefits and risks of these new therapies so that patients at high risk can be directed towards alternative therapies,” explains Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, chair of the writing committee. Read more on ACC.org.

Spring 2016

Dear Members,

Springtime is a beautiful time of the year in our State of New York. It is always refreshing to be through the winter thaw and onto longer, more sunny days. I’ve said it before, but we are truly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

As I enter my last six months as President of the NYACC, I am reflective as to the important issues we have been facing during this time. There have been many challenges to us, such as MOC, re-certification, life-long learning and now MACRA and Medicare Payment Reform. Both nationally and at a state level, I can tell you that the ACC has been working hard to make reasonable and rational recommendations in response to these issues we face.

As of this writing, April 27, CMS just released the changes to our reimbursement and what MACRA will mean to us. Both national ACC and the NYACC will communicate to you in the very near future our response.

In addition, our ACC-PAC has been a great resource and very helpful. Like it or not, we have to become part of the political process. If you haven’t spoken with local representatives and wish to, please do so. If you haven’t learned what the ACC-PAC does for our members, please take five minutes and browse their website.

We also have several upcoming events sponsored by the NYACC that I encourage you to check out. Visit our Events Page for details and to register. In particular, NYACC’s Annual Meeting and Scientific Session has been scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Eventi Hotel in NYC. We are doing something a little different this year. The night prior to the Session, also at the Eventi, we are hosting a cocktail hour and having drinks and hors d’oeuvres for all our NYACC member attendees. It should be a great time, I encourage you to consider clearing your calendar to attend.

Happy Spring!

Tim Malins, MD, FACC
Upstate Governor / President
New York State Chapter
American College of Cardiology

Members Approve New Councilors

In January, the Chapter voted in favor of its slate of Councilors, and this month, the new Councilors were confirmed.

Please join us in welcoming District 2 Councilor Jay J. Dubowsky, MD, FACC, of Manhasset; District 3 Councilor Benjamin Schaefer, MD, FACC, of Rhinebeck; District 5 Councilor Michael Sassower, MD, FACC, of Utica; District 6 Councilor Charles J. Lowenstein, MD, of Rochester; and District 7 Councilor Stanley Fernandez, MD, PhD, of Buffalo; and in congratulating District 2 Councilor Amgad N. Makaryus, MD, FACC, and District 4 Councilor Robert S. Phang, MD, FACC, on their re-elections.

In addition, the Chapter is very grateful for the service of outgoing Councilors Marc Baker, MD, PhD, FACC; Donna Denier, MD, FACC;Vijay Iyer, MBBS, FACC; Kevin McGrody, MD, FACC; and Joseph Tartaglia, MD, FACC.

ACC.16 Recap

From trial summaries to presentation slides, videos and news articles, get all of the hot clinical news from ACC.16 on ACC.org here.

Also, get perspectives from leaders on the ACC in Touch Blog and you can find wrap-up videos from each day of the annual scientific sessions and hot trial videos on YouTube. You can also view the ACC.16 videos from FITs on the GO, the roving reporters who also happen to be ACC Fellows-in-Training. All of the videos are archived here.

Check out “archived tweets” by searching for the official meeting hashtag, #ACC16, or scroll through our live coverage of the meeting via Twitter at @ACCCardioEd.

Read More: The Most Significant Trials from ACC.16

+ PARTNER 2a: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Compared with Surgery in Intermediate Risk Patients with Aortic Stenosis: Final Results from the Randomized Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves 2 Study

+ HOPE-3: Blood Pressure Lowering in People at Moderate Risk; Effects of Rosuvastatin on Cardiovascular Disease in Moderate Risk Primary Prevention in Diverse Ethnic Groups; and the Effects of Combined Lipid and BP-Lowering on Cardiovascular Disease in a Moderate Risk Global Primary Prevention Population

+ GAUSS-3: Comparison of PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Versus Ezetimibe in Statin-intolerant Patients: The Goal Achievement After Utilizing an Anti-PCSK9 Antibody in Statin Intolerant Subjects 3 Trial

+ FIRE & ICE: Largest Randomized Trial Demonstrates an Effective Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

+ STAMPEDE: Bariatric Surgery vs. Intensive Medical Therapy for Long-term Glycemic Control and Complications of Diabetes: Final 5-Year STAMPEDE Trial Resultsus.

Winter 2016

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! I hope that your 2016 is off to a great start.

The New York State Chapter of the ACC and the New York Cardiological Society have already had some exciting changes, including the move to our new headquarters (555 8th Ave., Suite 1902, New York, NY 10018) and the onboarding of our new executive director, Mary Leslie, who many of you got to meet at our Annual Scientific Session.

In December, Downstate Governor Bill Lawson, MD, FACC, provided the welcome at the New York Cardiovascular Symposium in New York City. There were more than 2,000 attendees, half of whom were international visitors. We were extremely proud to play host state to this annual New York State Chapter-endorsed event.

February, as most of you know, is American Heart Month, and we are very interested in knowing about any activities that you have planned or programs/initiatives that you are involved in to promote heart health. Please tell us by sending an email to press@ny-acc.org.

You may have also noticed that we joined a few new social media platforms. We now have a LinkedIn Company Page that will provide general updates on news and events for the Chapter and Society. We have also created an Early-Career Member Group and a Cardiovascular Team (CVT) Member Group on LinkedIn and encourage you to follow and/or join these if you have an interest in becoming more engaged in your Chapter’s activities. In addition, we created a FourSquare Profile and have given our Facebook page a bit of a facelift. I encourage you to start or join a conversation. We are also pleased to share that we will be re-designing our website and integrating many of our social media platforms into it.

And finally, thank you to everyone who voted in our recent elections. A separate announcement regarding our newest Councilors will be sent at a later date.

As always, we’re eager to hear about your ideas and accomplishments. Please stay in touch by sending your news to press@ny-acc.org so that we can share it with your colleagues.

In Service,

Tim Malins, MD, FACC
Upstate Governor / President
New York State Chapter
American College of Cardiology


Chapter-Endorsed NYU Programs

The New York State Chapter of the ACC has endorsed two programs being offered by NYU Langone Medical Center this May. The first, “Dietary Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction,” will be held Thursday, May 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the NYU Langone Farkas Auditorium.

The second, “Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction,” will be a full-day course on state-of-the-art management of patients with cardiovascular risk factors, with a focus on prevention. It will focus on recent clinical trial results with implications in the management of cardiovascular disease risk factors, new developments in PCSK9 treatments for familial hypercholesterolemia, the use of aspirin in cardiac prevention and weight loss surgery insights, and how environmental toxins can affect cardiovascular health.


It’s That Time of Year!

Are you receiving too much email from the ACC? Not enough? Be sure you update your personal notification preferences by visitingwww.acc.org/my-acc/my-communication-preferences, clicking on “Configure Your Settings” and then selecting “Manage eNewsletter Subscriptions.”

Be sure that you also update your ACC Member Profile. The ACC wants to make sure it is sending you only the most relevant information to you and your profession and wants to be sure that it has your current contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and your member benefits. Update your profile online at ACC.org/MyProfile.

Winter 2017

February 2, 2017

Dear Member,

I had a great time in Orlando last week at the 2017 ACC Leadership Forum and CV Summit.

Each year ACC brings together an array of experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership to offer an educational experience that leads to operational excellence, cost efficiency and leadership training during this time of radical care delivery transformation, and this year did not disappoint.

We had a chance to network with other cardiologists and CVT members from around the country and to discuss the major changes for our industry that are coming our way.

Lieutenant General Hertling spoke to us about the basics of leadership and gave his proven examples of success in Healthcare Leadership Training, and there were many sessions on MACRA and what we can expect as we move to a new model of care.

MACRA went into effect on 1/1/2017. It was passed with bipartisan support with the objective of replacing the SGR, improving value, and containing health care costs. Failure to participate in the program (either MIPS or an alternative payment model) will result in a 4% reduction in CMS payments in 2019.

It is also important to know if you report individually or as a group (dependent on tax ID number) as to how your quality metrics will be collected and analyzed. Having an EHR able to reliably pull the measures that you select will be essential for accurate and complete reporting. Cost will not be a factor this current year but will rise in importance in coming years. Continually updated information and past webinars can be found under MACRA onACC.org.

While there, we also were very pleased to introduce your newly elected upstate and metro NYACC Governors, Chad Teeters, MD, FACC, and Norma Keller, MD, FACC, respectively, to ACC leadership and their soon-to-be fellow governors. See their mini bios below and join me in congratulating them on their elections as Governors to the New York State Chapter of ACC.

And finally, I hope to see many of you at the 10th Annual CVT Symposium and our FIRST-EVER NYACC Summer Soirée on June 2nd. Save the Dates have been out, so be on the lookout for yours.

We also have several other great events coming up. Click on the ‘Events’ tab to see what’s in store!

In service,

William E. Lawson, MD, FACC | Upstate Governor
President, New York State Chapter of the
American College of Cardiology


Congratulations to NYACC’s Newest Governors-Elect!

J. Chad Teeters, MD, FACC
, has been a cardiologist and on faculty at the University of Rochester since 2009 and is currently one of the District 6 Councilors for our chapter.

He is the Chief of Cardiology at Highland Hospital (a part of the University of Rochester Medical Center) and Director of the Heart Failure program there as well. He is currently active on our Outreach Committee and with the national ACC PAC.

Dr. Teeters is Board Certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Vascular Ultrasound and has been a FACC for many years. He has a Masters in Clinical Investigation and is currently working towards completing his MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

In Rochester, he serves on the Hospital Quality, Contract and Payment Committee and on the Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Teeters is also on the board of Mended Hearts’ Rochester chapter (a national advocacy group for patients with heart disease).

Norma M. Keller, MD, FACC,
has been a New York cardiologist for nearly 20 years, has been an FACC for 15+ years and is currently one of our District 1 Councilors.

She is involved with advocacy for the chapter and has represented the ACC at its annual Legislative Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Keller is currently the Clinical Chief of Cardiology at Bellevue Hospital and is the cardiology lead for the NYC Health and Hospital enterprise.

She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and sits on the clinical board and also directs the clerkship in Critical Care Medicine, which she developed. Dr. Keller is a key faculty member of the Cardiovascular Fellowship at NYU School of Medicine and is an Adjunct at the NYU Steinhardt School, where she teaches cardiopulmonary pathology.

She has received multiple awards, including the Philip Freilich Memorial Award for Personal Achievement, the Ciba-Geigy Award for Outstanding Achievement, the American Heart Association’s Doctor with Heart and Heart of our Mission awards, as well as several others for teaching, physician excellence and leadership.


It’s That Time of Year!

Are you receiving too much email from the ACC? Not enough? Be sure you update your personal notification preferences by visiting www.acc.org/my-acc/my-communication-preferences, clicking on “Configure Your Settings” and then selecting “Manage eNewsletter Subscriptions.”

Be sure that you also update your ACC Member Profile. The ACC wants to make sure it is sending you only the most relevant information to you and your profession and wants to be sure that it has your current contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and your member benefits. Update your profile online at ACC.org/MyProfile.

Spring 2017

May 3, 2017

It was great to see so many of you at ACC.17 this year, and I want to thank those of you who attended our joint reception with the Connecticut Chapter. We had an extraordinary turnout.

We had a tragic loss in the cardiovascular family a little over a month ago, ACC Past President Leonard S. Dreifus, MD, MACC. Bill Lawson, MD, FACC Dreifus and his wife, Seline, were well known for their philanthropic work, especially the gracious donation of the “Man Helping Man” sculpture installed at Heart House in Washington, DC.

We were, and remain, very thankful for his outstanding contributions to the field of cardiology. “[The statue],” said ACC President Walsh, “reminds us not just of the legacy left by Dr. Dreifus, but also our purpose in serving our patients and the public good as clinicians.”

I hope that many of you are planing to attend next month’s Annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium in Canandaigua, NY. This is our 10th year hosting this event, and we will close out the conference with the Inaugural NYACC Summer Soirée, a party and networking event featuring the band Nik & The Nice Guys.

I am also excited to tell you that we have set a date for this year’s Annual Meeting & Scientific Session and the Inaugural New York FIT Jeopardy Competition & Cocktail Reception, which will be Dec. 6-7, 2017. If you are a fellow in training, consider participating in this year’s Young Investigators’/Case Presenters’ Award Competition. It is a wonderful opportunity to present your research to a distinguished group of speakers and to your fellow CV professionals.

Lastly, the New York State Chapter has partnered with the Argentina Chapter of the ACC and will be working with its leadership to create an exchange program for FITs and lecturers. We look forward to sharing the details about this exciting partnership as they emerge.

Bill Lawson, MD, FACC
Downstate Governor / President
New York State Chapter
American College of Cardiology


Nurse Appreciation Month Discount

National Nurses Week runs from May 6 – 12 this year, but a week is not nearly long enough to properly show our appreciation for the important role nurses play in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

That’s why, through the end of May, nurses (RNs, NPs, CNSs, APNs) who become members of the ACC pay only $85 for 2017 membership—nearly 40 percent off the usual price—using the code ThnkNurses. The ACC is a stronger organization—and our mission ever more achievable—when all members of the care team contribute their expertise.

Encourage your nurse colleagues to join the ACC and get access to benefits worth thousands each year that will help them elevate their careers and the quality of patient care they provide. Learn more here: http://www.acc.org/appreciatenurses


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In case you missed it, the ACC provided coverage of the hottest trials that came out of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17) in Washington, DC.

To view all the latest science, check out the ACC.17 Meeting Coverage Page at ACC.org/ACC2017. Also, head to ACC’s YouTube Page to watch daily wrap-up videos highlighting the hottest trials from each day of ACC.17 and additional videos at ACC.org/CardiologyHour.

The latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions magazine presents the findings from SURTAVI and other key TAVR-related trials and registries from the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials and Featured Clinical Research sessions. The feature article presents a look at results from other key trials in interventional cardiology presented at ACC.17.

A perspective article written by FIT Joanna Ghobrial, MD, MS, reviews current evidence for transcatheter valvular interventions in adults with congenital heart disease. In an interview with Sun Moon Kim, MD, in another perspective article, David J. Moliterno, MD, FACC, talks about career challenges, the future of interventional cardiology and his plans as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

The “Get to Know Your Leaders” article focuses on ACC’s new president Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. The full issue is available at ACC.org/CardiologyInterventions.


Upcoming Events

The Month of May
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May 6-12, 2017
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May 11, 2017
NYU Session: Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
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May 12-13
2017 MSK Cardio-Oncology Symposium
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May 12, 2017
NYU Session: Dietary Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
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May 13, 2017
New York Women in Cardiology (WIC) Panel
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May 19-20, 2017
Long Island Heart Conference
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June 2, 2017
10th Annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium & Inaugural Summer Soirée
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December 6, 2017
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
NY’s Inaugural FIT Jeopardy Competition & Cocktail Reception
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December 7, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NYACC’s Annual Meeting and NYCS’ Annual Scientific Session & Young Investigators’ Poster Presentation
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December 8-10, 2017
New York Cardiovascular (Fuster) Symposium
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Letter from the President – January 2019

Dear Colleagues,

What a whirlwind the last few months have been! Since our last newsletter in early summer, right after Norma Keller and I assumed our official roles as Upstate and Downstate Governors, we have had several successes to share and updates to provide. First, we have had two successful NYACC conferences. In June we held our annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium and Summer Soiree in Pittsford, NY (Upstate), which was spearheaded by our CVT Liaisons, Courtney Shores, PA (Rochester), and Kena Patel, PA (Long Island).

This meeting featured excellent speakers, headlined by Dr. Ty Gluckman from Oregon. More recently, in October, we had our NYACC Reception and New York Fellows-In-Training Jeopardy competition, along with our 90th Annual Scientific Session in Manhattan with keynote speaker Dr. Valentin Fuster, making it one of our best-ever panels of speakers.

For those who do not regularly attend, I highly recommend these conferences, as the quality of speakers is fantastic and the opportunity for CME/MOC and networking is invaluable. This year also marked our first attempt at webcasting our Scientific Session, and we intend to continue to offer this option, as we have heard from you that this may be beneficial for those members who have had difficulty getting time away to travel to conferences.

These conferences were very successful and we are already underway planning our slate of conferences for 2019. Additionally, in September our largest NY ACC delegation ever assembled in Washington, D.C. for the annual ACC Legislative Conference. Through this conference we received updates on national issues affecting the practice of Cardiology and also spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting with NY members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to advocate on behalf of our patients and the needs and interests of Cardiology providers across NY and the rest of the US.

I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to plan to attend ACC.19 in New Orleans on March 14-16 for the annual national ACC Scientific Session. Not only does the program look fantastic, but NYACC, in lieu of our normal New York Cocktail reception, will be hosting a NYACC parade down the streets of New Orleans in the French Quarter with our own security escort and brass marching band! This will truly be an event that is not to be missed!

Now it is admittedly difficult to follow up the announcement of a New Orleans parade with our own marching band, but there are several items I would like to highlight in this newsletter:

  1. Efforts to end prior authorization burden
  2. NY ACC Committees and participation
  3. NY ACC Awards and Recognition
  4. Maintenance of Certification for Cardiology

1)  Prior Authorization Efforts – I suspect it will come as no surprise to anyone reading this newsletter that one of the most commonly cited causes of frustration and burnout amongst our members, and others across the country, is the increasing burden of prior authorization and the impairment to delivering high- quality and timely care to our patients. I can certainly speak personally that my staff and I spend hours every week jumping through unnecessary hoops to gain approval for procedures and medications we feel are medical justified for a seemingly ever-increasing list of procedures and treatments. The national ACC has been hard at work on all of our behalf to remove these unnecessary burdens. To this end, the national ACC has released the Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARtool : https://www.acc.org/partool).

This web-based tool takes about 2 minutes to complete and is meant to collect data on which insurers are requiring prior authorization, which studies are being selected for prior authorization, and the outcome of prior authorization efforts (approved, rejected, alternative study recommended, etc.). The ACC has been compiling this data and conglomerating experience by state. Several states have utilized this information to launch resolutions that they have taken to their state legislatures to advocate for prohibition at a state level.

NY ACC has had some discussions with state representatives and it appears there would be an interest on their behalf to support advocacy efforts to curtail or prohibit prior authorizations, especially where there is good evidence appropriate use criteria are being reliably met. To further our NY ACC efforts on your behalf, we are asking for your support in logging all prior authorization activities within your office around cardiac procedures starting February 1, 2019.

For one month and in association with February as Heart Month, we are asking that you direct your staff to enter information regarding all prior authorizations required so that we can create a robust dossier of evidence of the time involved in and outcomes of these prior authorization requirements in an effort to begin drawing attention and seeking support to end this burden. This will only be successful with everyone’s help! Individually, our voice is small, but together our cumulative experience, even for one month, will be formidable and gain us traction in our discussions with state insurance regulators and representatives in Albany. Help us to bring an end to the prior authorization burden in 2019 and do you PARt!!!

2) NY ACC Committees and Participation – Did you know that NY ACC has 11 different committees who help to address the professional needs of our members and deliver value to our membership in NY ACC? At conferences and over email, I routinely hear from members inquiring how to get involved in NY ACC or national ACC. These state committees are excellent opportunities to get involved and advance issues meaningful to us all. I encourage you to check out our Committee and Group list and to reach out to committee chairs to get involved and communicate your input and recommendations to the appropriate committee chair. Likewise, Dr. Keller and I as you NY ACC Governors are always available and interested to hear from you and help you become more involved in NY ACC!

3) NY ACC Awards and Recognition – This has been a banner year for recognition for NY ACC and its members! First, for the Chapter, in September, the national ACC recognized our Chapter for its commitment to CVT membership and developing educational programs and recognition for our CVT members. Additionally, we were recognized for our Diversity and Inclusion efforts to expand representation among gender and ethnic minorities but also to include the representation from private practices, rural practices, etc.

The latter kudos belong to our terrific Diversity and Inclusion Task Force leader, Dr. Robert Roswell and the Chair of our Women in Cardiology group, Dr. Smadar Kort. Thank you to these two leaders within our Chapter! Next, at our NY ACC Scientific Session, we announced the creation of the Tracey Shannon Lecture for our annual CVT Conference to honor one of our great CVT leaders who actually was instrumental in creating the successful NY ACC CVT conference.

Tracey was on hand to accept the award of the named lecture in her honor and we look forward to the inaugural lecture next summer! Finally at our recent Scientific Sessions, our FIT members took home a host of awards. With our annual FIT Jeopardy competition we crowned our winning team who will be going on to the ACC.19 in March to represent our state proudly. The winning team includes: Drs. Puvanalingam Ayyadurai, MD; M. Miguel Amor, MD & Doris Chan, MD. Congrats to the self-proclaimed Disciples of Braunwald! Additionally, our abstract award recipients were Beom Soo Kim, MD; Matt Mills, BS, OMSII; and Hamza Sadhra.

4) One of the largest topics within the house of Medicine over the last couple of years has been the ABIM’s requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). We have seen challenges from the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) and even lawsuits against the ABIM regarding the high cost and time burden to maintain certification, especially as most of us must have proof of certification for hospital privileging, to maintain status on insurer panels, and even for department appointments.

Our National ACC has been hard at work to address and reduce this burden and find an alternative to meet the needs of our membership. At our NY Annual Scientific Session in October, Dr. William Oetgen, ACC Executive Vice President and the leader of the MOC efforts on behalf of the College, presented the most recent agreement ACC has reached with ABIM on behalf of our members. This includes the following alternatives to the 10- year MOC exam through the ABIM:

  1. ABIM has approved a 2-year Knowledge Check-In exam, hosted by the ABIM, which can be taken online and does not require taking the exam at a testing center. This can be used in lieu of the once every 10-year exam and even if taken and not passed, Diplomats will have the opportunity to take it again while still being listed as active and participating in MOC.|
  2. We anticipate final approval in 2019 of the collaborative Adult Clinical Cardiology Self- Assessment Program where ACC members can utilize ACCSAP and complete one module a year followed by an online, secure test to demonstrate continuing education and medical knowledge. ABIM has indicated they will accept this ongoing effort as a replacement for the 10-year exam to maintain certification. We have not yet learned what the cost of this option would be and anticipate this may be and anticipate this may be available as early as third quarter of 2019.
  3. For those not wishing to maintain ABIM status, but who wish to demonstrate ongoing knowledge update and performance, ACC will be offering the same Self-Assessment program without the online testing component, but with generation of a certificate upon completion of the modules that can be presented to credentialing bodies as evidence of continuing education. While there is no guarantee that this will be universally accepted in lieu of ABIM status, it will be accepted by NBPAS and others.
  4. ABIM will continue to offer the 10-year MOC exam for those who wish to continue with this pathway. For any members due for Cardiology ABIM recertification this year, ACC is currently recommending to plan to take the 2-year Knowledge Check-In this year and then, pass or fail, those who wish can plan to enroll in the ACCSAP program moving forward. We will keep you informed as more information comes available on this important topic!

Finally, mark your calendars for important upcoming events:

March 14-16, 2019: ACC.19 in New Orleans
June 7, 2019: NY ACC Cardiovascular Team Conference in Manhattan
August 2-3, 2019: New York ACC Annual Scientific Session, Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead, NY

That’s all for now! We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans at ACC.19!

J. Chad Teeters, MD, MS, FACC
Upstate Governor | President
New York ACC