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President's Message

November 2022

Hello Virginia ACC Colleagues!

I hope this finds you all well and you are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather. We have a few exciting updates so please bear with me through this long message.

CMS Final Rule 2023 MPFS and Hospital OPPS Rule – UPDATE

The recent release of the CMS Final Rule should be marked as a tremendous advocacy victory. CMS changed their previously proposed draconian cutbacks to EP ablation services following intense advocacy efforts by the ACC, HRS and other stakeholders, including local efforts from Virginia Chapter colleagues at the ACC Legislative Conference in October. Thanks to all who lent a voice of support to this cause.

The RUC committee (the way the cuts are determined) is currently reviewing Interventional Cardiology. Learn more about the RUC survey from ACC President, Dr. Ed Fry in this video.

Mid-Atlantic Captial Cardiology Symposium (MACCS) – November 19-20

Registration is still open! This year’s agenda features distinguished faculty from INOVA, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. Thanks to Dr. Annette Ansong and Dr. George McDaniel who serve as Co-Directors of the MACCS meeting and the FIT Forum, respectively.

This will be a banner year for this multi-chapter meeting with support from the DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapters. Register here.

  • FIT Forum: Saturday, November 19, Heart House from 10:30am-5:30pm
  • Heart House Reception, November 19, Heart House from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Scientific Symposium: Sunday, November 20, Washington Marriott Georgetown from 7:15am-3:45pm

VCACC Chapter Elections Update

I want to thank Dr. Ben Galper and Dr. Victor Soukoulis for participating as candidates in our most recent election for the next Virginia Chapter Governor. In a very close vote, Dr. Soukoulis was elected to serve as the next Governor and President of the ACC Virginia Chapter. His term as Governor-Elect will start in April 2023, with his term as Governor running from 2024 – 2027. I want to thank both Ben and Victor for their continued support of the Virginia Chapter. Dr. Galper will serve as Treasurer on the Council, assuming the role previously filled by Dr. Todd Villines. Thanks again to all that serve on the Virginia Council for their dedicated leadership!


Evan Ownby, MD, FACC

President, Virginia Chapter ACC 

BCS annual meeting screen shot

VCACC is proud be the official international exchange partner with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Above, VCACC members participate in the BCS Virtual Annual Meeting.

BVS and VCACC leadership


Our purpose is to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases, and to foster the highest professional ethical standards.

The Virginia Chapter ACC supports the American College of Cardiology’s statement of support for the Ukrainian people; see this link for the full statement.

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Phone: 877-793-8171

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