Registration is open for ACC's Legislative Conference 2022, taking place from Oct. 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC. The three-day meeting offers cardiovascular clinicians spanning the entire care team a chance to hear from ACC leaders, staff and other experts on health policy issues affecting patients and the profession, while also providing an important opportunity to speak directly with members of Congress and their staff.
Here are the issues we will bring to Capitol Hill:
• Provide short-term stability and long-term reform to the Medicare payment system to ensure that clinicians can keep their doors open, see patients, and maintain retention of those who support that work
• Decrease administrative burden and promote clinician well-being by supporting proposals to streamline prior authorization practices and increase transparency and accountability
• Protect health care workers and patients from violence in the workplace
• Increase patient access to cardiac rehabilitation services
• Support valvular heart disease research at the National Institutes of Health
• Provide funding for research and awareness initiatives among populations disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease
Your ACC, Others Address EP Ablation Proposed Cuts With Letter to Congress
Stopping the EP ablation cuts proposed in the 2023 Medicare PFS is a top priority for your ACC Advocacy team. Your ACC, in concert with the Heart Rhythm Society and other patient and provider organizations, sent a letter to Congressional leaders this week spelling out the severe impact proposed cuts would have to EP ablation services and urging action. “For the sake of Medicare [atrial fibrillation] patients, an appropriate review should be conducted using relevant data that reflects the full scope of physician resources – including work, intensity, complexity, and necessary skill for cardiac ablation – with the goal of restoring payments to be more consistent with 2021 reimbursement,” the letter states. Read the full letter and take action on the ablation cuts here.
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