Nearly 400 American College of Cardiology (ACC) members took time from their practices and patients to attend the college’s 21st annual Legislative Conference Sept. 9-11 in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference, which featured more than 100 fellows in training, cardiac care team members and practice administrators, provided even greater opportunities to educate Congress first-hand about the opportunities associated with team-based care.
On Sept. 9, attendees heard from a variety of congressional staff, healthcare policymakers and ACC leaders on topics including, the state of cardiology, the political landscape on Capitol Hill, potential impacts of the upcoming elections, payment reform trends and more. ACC advocacy staff was also on hand to provide guidance on messaging to lawmakers regarding continued Medicare payment cuts, sequestration and potential cuts to medical imaging.
Importantly, attendees were able to visit hundreds of congressional offices to discuss the important work the cardiovascular community is doing to ensure appropriate, high-quality care and reduce skyrocketing health care costs and the need for a stabilized payment platform to continue this work.
In an ACC in Touch Blog post, Cathie Biga, RN, MSN, president and CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, provides a practice administrator perspective of the conference. “Change is inevitable and hopefully our trek to the Hill will remind us all how important this healthcare message is for cardiology and why EVERY member of the team needs to be involved,” she notes.