ACC Legislative Conference 2016: Amplify Cardiology’s Message to Congress

Next week, hundreds of cardiovascular professionals from across the country will gather in Washington, DC, for ACC's 2016 Legislative Conference. The purpose of this annual event is to educate members about the pressing advocacy issues facing cardiology and meet directly with congressional leaders to share ways the cardiovascular community is providing quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care to millions of patients nationwide.

On Sept. 13, ACC members will urge Congress to take the following action:

  1. Exercise careful oversight of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation to ensure the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are interfacing with medical societies and practices to effectively manage the transition.
  2. Foster innovation and research through increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. Cosponsor H.R. 3355/S. 488, a bill that would expand access to cardiac rehabilitation by allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to supervise cardiac, intensive cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

Amplify ACC's Message! Whether you're coming to DC for Legislative Conference or not, you can combine your voice with those of your colleagues to deliver cardiology's message to Congress. Send a letter to your members of Congress through ACC's grassroots system.

Get Social! Follow @Cardiology on Twitter for live coverage of the conference, including a live streaming of the break out session on "Interacting With Congress Through Social Media" on Sept. 12 at 12:50 p.m. ET. Tune in on Monday at 4 p.m. ET for a Facebook Live event on the ins and outs of MACRA. Lending your support via social media can help ensure cardiology's voice is heard on Capitol Hill. Use #ACCLegConf to join the conversation.

Stay tuned to ACC.org for full coverage of the conference.

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