OUR HISTORY In 1986, the Florida Chapter became the first chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and was awarded non-profit status in the state of Florida on September 29th, 1987. A group of Florida heart specialists saw the need for a state cardiovascular society in order to be represented at the Florida Medical Association (FMA). In addition, these first chapter members knew that an organization that would focus on issues in the practice, regulatory and legislative arena exclusively in the state of Florida would benefit patient care. Click here for the FCACC Bylaws. In addition the Foundation of the Florida Chapter, ACC carries out its mission of educating cardiovascular specialists. OUR VISION Florida Chapter ACC members are the leaders in CV medicine who will create the changes in Florida so that patients have continued access to quality care in order to improve heart health. OUR MISSION The Florida Chapter ACC helps cardiovascular professionals deliver the best care. OUR MEMBERSHIP Over 2200 practicing physician members of the American College of Cardiology and 150 members of the cardiac care team who reside and work in Florida are members of the chapter. Membership in ACC is based on outstanding credentials, achievements, and community contributions to cardiovascular medicine. OUR LEADERSHIP Click here for a complete list of the current Board of Directors and staff. JOINING THE FLORIDA CHAPTER ACC members are automatically considered members of the Florida Chapter. Inquires about dues should be directed to the ACC Resource Center at 800-253-4636 for current dues rates and payment options or cut and paste the following web address in your browser to pay online: http://www.cardiosource.org/ACC/ACC-Membership/Join-or-Renew-Your-ACC-Membership.aspx
MEMBER BENEFITS EDUCATION Florida Chapter Members receive deep discounts on programs sponsored by the chapter. Click Herefor a complete program listing. ADVOCACY IN TALLAHASSEE The chapter State Government Relations Committee and our Lobbyist, Paul Lowell, are committed to keeping the interests of cardiovascular medicine and patient care heard in the capitol. It is only by joining the chapter that this important channel for the voice of cardiology to be heard. ADVOCACY IN WASHINGTON, DC The Florida Chapter makes federal legislation and regulation a priority because of its significant impact on the cardiology community. The chapter monitors legislation, sends alerts about pending Congressional action, creates sample letters, shares important information about the impact of regulation on practices and patients and rallies the membership for call-in campaigns and letter writing campaigns. The chapter represents cardiology in Washington, DC and is a source of information for lawmakers and their staff. PRACTICE ASSISTANCE Members of the Florida Chapter have access to individual consulting with billing and coding issues that plague offices. The chapter consultants, from Ray Howard and Associates, are trained to assist with systemic issues and work with the chapter's highly effective third party payer committee to bring issues to the attention of insurance carriers. PIPELINE TO ACC COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS ACC makes it clear that the pathway to a national committee appointment is through service at the chapter level. FCACC is fortunate to have committee openings and ways for chapter members to be involved and serve in the state. The chapter leadership consistently recommends chapter members for national appointments - a glace at the Board of Trustees and Committee System at the national level are evidence that these recommendations are taken in consideration in Washington.
Florida Chapter, American College of Cardiology
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