Thursday, May 24, 2018 | Pat White
The Board of the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance (CAA) recently traveled to Washington, DC to carry its message to Congress. Marshall Brachman, CAA lobbyist, arranged for the Board to meet with a number of Congressional members and committee staff. Our focus was on members of the three committees with Medicare jurisdiction: Senate Finance, House Ways & Means, and House Energy & Commerce. We also met with the Doctors Caucus and several other Congressional members.
Although there are many issues floating around Congress, they are really focused on the opioid crisis. They were, however, eager to hear our issues. We took advantage of the opportunity to educate Congress on a number of issues (outlined below). An overarching message to Congress was to reduce the administrative burden and unintended consequences of legislation and CMS regulations. CAA Board members were very effective in outlining examples of how administrative burden has eroded the physician/patient relationship, decreased access to care, decreased physician satisfaction, added administrative cost, etc. Many anecdotes were shared which helped to paint a clear picture of the negative impact of these laws and regulations.
We were invited to attend the bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus supported by a diverse group of health care organizations from across the country. The caucus will advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers.
I strongly encourage you to develop a relationship with your Senators and Representatives . . .They need to hear your concerns.
Several legislators encouraged us to visit more often to keep our issues on the front burner. Marshall Brachman is on the Hill every day sharing our story, but visiting 2-3 times per year will be considered.
Alternative Payment Models
Fraud and Abuse Laws
Simplification of Evaluation & Management (E&M) Selection
Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Care Information, formerly Meaningful Use)
Site Neutrality – Off-Campus Providers
I strongly encourage you to develop a relationship with your Senators and Representatives. Visit them when they are in town, invite them for a meeting and tour of your facility, host a fundraiser. They need to hear your concerns. The CAA is happy to support you with advice and talking points.
As someone once said, “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu!”
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Pat White, MPH, Senior Advisor of MedAxiom, is a trusted cardiovascular healthcare leader and statesman. Pat has been in the healthcare management field for over 40 years. Prior to joining MedAxiom, Pat was in medical group practice management for 17 years. He spent 13 years with the Henry Ford Health System, including five years as the Administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine. He also served as the Executive Director of Michigan Heart, a 36-member cardiology practice in Ann Arbor.
Pat does senior consulting work and currently serves on the board of the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance.
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