The Responsibility and Power of Advocacy

This post was authored by Ada Stefanescu, MD, a fellow in training and a member of ACC’s Adult Congenital Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section.

“You all have no idea how powerful your message is, and how powerful you are.”

This was the statement from a professional political consultant to the attendees of the 2015 ACC Legislative Conference. The meeting brought over 400 ACC members together for three days in Washington, DC, to discuss issues on Capitol Hill that impact our patients and our practices. He was right: as advocates for our patients, we saw the power we have when we bring their stories and our perspective – from the trenches in the hospital, the clinic and the lab – to the table of the legislators and administrators. Continue reading

The Time is Ripe For a New Dialogue on Capitol Hill

As part of ACC’s 2015 Legislative Conference, more than 400 cardiovascular professionals were on Capitol Hill yesterday meeting with their congressional leaders. For the first time in many years, cardiology had a fresh message to take to Washington. Now that the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is history, it’s time to focus on other issues that threaten the tremendous progress that has been made over the last several decades to reduce cardiovascular disease. Continue reading

Advocating for Cardiology in the Nation’s Capital

The ACC’s 2015 Legislative Conference is in full swing in Washington, DC. The conference kicked off on Sunday night with a special ACC Political Action Committee-sponsored reception and dinner featuring remarks from Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator and psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer, MD. In the midst of a unique congressional climate, Krauthammer shared an insider’s perspective into the state of politics in Washington and the 2016 presidential election.

Today, a full lineup of sessions armed more than 400 attendees with the information needed to effect change in their states and on Capitol Hill. While it’s important for attendees to understand the health policy landscape every year, it’s more important than ever in 2015. Recent developments, including repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) by enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Authorization Act of 2015, release of new Meaningful Use regulations and ICD-10 implementation, have significantly shifted how health care is delivered, resulting in novel challenges and opportunities. Continue reading

ACC Advocacy Is Shaping the Future of Cardiology

Williams HeadshotThis post was authored by ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC.

Starting today, over 400 cardiovascular professionals are gathering in Washington, DC, for the ACC’s 2015 Legislative Conference. The purpose of this annual event is to tell lawmakers about the difference ACC members make in the lives of patients and share the College’s vision for continuing the advancement of cardiovascular care. Even if you aren’t attending Legislative Conference, it’s important to stay abreast of issues facing cardiology and get involved with ACC’s advocacy efforts to ensure decisions made in Washington and in the states are in the best interest of patients, providers and practices. Continue reading