How to Get Involved with Advocacy

Watch this webinar and learn about how to get involved in ACC Advocacy. You will hear from a panel of Early Career members, FIT members, and advocacy staff about how and why it is important to get involved.

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  • Anthony Hilliard, MD, FACC
  • Jacqueline Green, MD
  • Benjamin Galper, MD

ACC Advocacy is led by the ACC Advocacy Steering Committee (ASC), which is empowered by the Board of Trustees to identify public policy issues and make recommendations to ACC leadership. The ASC welcomes comments and suggestions from ACC members regarding Advocacy’s agenda or specific legislation or regulations.

The following are components of ACC Advocacy:

  • Federal Legislative Affairs (works with Congress)
  • Federal Grassroots Network (works with local leaders)
  • ACC Political Action Committee (ACCPAC) (works with candidates for office)
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • State Government Affairs
  • Payer & Value-Based Solutions
  • Population Health

Advocacy:

  • Advances legislative and regulatory change that benefits patients and cardiovascular (CV) care team
  • Positions the ACC as a reliable source of information for policymakers
  • Keeps concerns of the cardiovascular community in front of Congress

Top Priorities for ACC Advocacy in 2015

1. Ensuring Access to Care and CV Practice Stability

The Advocacy team successfully worked to repeal SGR and replace it with a better system for Medicare reimbursement. It is supporting current legislation to increase the number of residency slots and looking at alternate ways to fund graduate medical education.

2. Creating a Value-Driven Health Care System

The Advocacy team is researching and designing reimbursement plans that reward quality. Suggesting and, along with regulators in DC, helping implement alternative payment models that replace SGR.

3. Promoting Use of Clinical Data to Improve Care

The Advocacy team is promoting evidence-based care by developing guidelines and appropriate use criteria that may one day be enforceable by the federal government.

4. Fostering Research and Innovation in CV Care

The Advocacy team works closely with the FDA and drug and device companies on the drug and device approval process. It works to identify and address barriers to innovation.

5. Improving Population Health and Preventing CV Disease

The Advocacy team is working to draft and help pass legislation and regulations that address prevention strategies

How Members Can Get Involved with ACC Advocacy

The College offers early career professionals (ECPs) fellows in training (FITs) many opportunities to get involved:

  • Attend the ACC Legislative Conference: October 18–20, 2015
  • Meet with your legislator in DC: The message is that it is essential that legislators understand how their decisions affect the CV community and patients.
  • Host a legislator practice visit: Contact Elizabeth Shaw (eshaw@acc.org).
  • Join the ACC Grassroots Network: Download the ACC Advocacy mobile app to learn about fundraisers and other events in your area and find your legislators.
  • Learn more about ACCPAC: www.accpacweb.org
  • Become an Emerging Advocate: The goal of the Emerging Advocates Program is to create and foster a web of people who know about the College’s advocacy and health policies who lend their voices to improve heart health.

Contact the Congressional Affairs Team

  • Nick Morse, Director of Congressional Affairs: nmorse@acc.org
  • Lucas Sanders, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Liaison to FIT section: lsanders@acc.org
  • Charles Cascio, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs: ccascio@acc.org
  • Elizabeth Shaw, Manager of Federal Grassroots: eshaw@acc.org
  • Kendra Adams, Manager of Political Affairs & ACCPAC, Liaison to ECP Section: kadams@acc.org