The Health Affairs Committee sent a letter to Congress this week recommending that the 4th COVID-19 emergency stimulus package accommodate these priorities:
The themes of liability protection and suspension of prior authorization have been further amplified by State Affairs’ local advocacy efforts:
Here’s how you and your Chapter can help with these efforts:
The Chapters provide the College with a national network to amplify and execute its advocacy priorities on the local level. We also can provide vital information to each other about what is happening in our states, either to emulate best practices, or to guard against concerning trends. As we negotiate the COVID-19 crisis in the lead-up to Legislative Conference in the fall, developing a robust architecture for state advocacy will be key to weathering the pandemic, and beyond. Look for an invitation to participate in a WebEx with a selected subset of your BOG colleagues within the next few months to develop strategies for nurturing this vital grass roots network, and strengthening our relationship with State Affairs.
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Advocacy in 2020
The below issues are those which ACC is currently devoting much effort. Click here for more information and to see how you may help.
Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107) which would streamline prior authorization practices and increase transparency and accountability in the Medicare Advantage program.
Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 2282/S. 966) which would modernize physician self-referral prohibitions to promote care coordination and facilitate participation in alternative payment models (APMs) under the Medicare program. Additionally, members of Congress should encourage CMS to thoroughly consider input provided by the ACC and other stakeholders while modernizing related regulatory language.
Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3911) which would authorize advanced practice providers to order and refer patients for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation under Medicare and begin supervising patients’ day-to-day cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation care (CR/PR) in 2020 – rather than 2024 (current law).
South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 3131) which would fund grants through the NIH and CDC to conduct research on cardiovascular disease and other heart ailments among South Asian populations living in the United States.
Bills to combat the youth tobacco epidemic by raising the tobacco age to 21 and imposing restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes: