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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

February 15, 2022

COT Advocacy Pillar Engagement Workgroup Helps Amplify Key Trauma Priorities

While the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) and its Advocacy Pillar play a key role in developing and advancing trauma policy, the Advocacy Pillar Engagement Workgroup is responsible for engaging the broader COT membership in ACS advocacy (SurgeonsVoice) and political (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) activities. As defined by this workgroup, engagement opportunities include participation in SurgeonsVoice calls to action, developing educational and communications content, fostering peer-to-peer outreach, increasing social media presence, learning more about the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC, and more.

Members of the COT Advocacy Pillar Engagement Workgroup

David J. Ciesla, MD, FACS
Mark D. Cipolle, MD, FACS
Amalia L. Cochran, MD, FACS
Julia R. Coleman, MD, MPH
Jeffrey B. Friedrich, MD, FACS
Clifford B. Jones, MD, FACS
Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS
Samuel P. Mandell, MD, FACS
M. Ashraf Mansour, MB BCH, FACS

Under the leadership of James C. Jeng, MD, FACS, in 2021, the Engagement Workgroup reported:

  • A 20% increase in Engagement Workgroup participation in SurgeonsVoice and SurgeonsPAC
  • Recognition of one new SurgeonsPAC donor
  • Enhanced education efforts surrounding ACS advocacy and political activity
  • Publication of several articles aimed at leveraging existing tools and resources for members to become more engaged in advocacy
  • Development of a trauma advocacy issue page on SurgeonsVoice
  • Outreach to SurgeonsPAC members to better understand their giving status, expectations, and areas for improvement

Publications

Additionally, members contributed to several ACS publications to educate the broader COT membership about ACS advocacy and political activity. All members are encouraged to review this information to learn more about important trauma priorities and how to engage.

ACS Bulletin

COT Newsletter

  • Fall 2021 Advocacy Updates
  • Key Issues during the 117th Congress
    • Medicare Physician Payment Cuts
    • Critical Care Visits and Global Surgery
    • Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs and Cyclical Violence
    • Prevent BLEEDing
    • Firearm Injury and Prevention Research
    • MISSION ZERO Funding
    • Senate HELP Committee Efforts
  • Spring 2021 Advocacy Updates
  • COT Members Play Key Role in ACS Efforts to Stop Medicare Physician Payment Cuts
  • Engaging in Advocacy through Personal Testimonials

MISSION ZERO Engagement

The COT also played a vital role in ensuring MISSON ZERO language in key spending legislation. While the numbers mentioned in the below case study may seem minor, this example demonstrates the importance of grassroots participation to motivate interest and movement on an issue.

Grassroots Case Study

  • COT members accounted for 26% (397/1,523) of actions re: MISSION ZERO-related campaign(s) in 2021
  • Case Study: Rallying signatories for congressional sign-on letters
    • House: Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) letter
      • COT members accounted for 23% (46/197) of participation
      • 122 representatives in the US House contacted
      • 5% (6/122) of representatives contacted signed the letter
      • 34 representatives, including Reps. Burgess and Castor, signed the final letter
    • Senate: Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) letter
      • COT members accounted for 33% (21/64) of participation
        • 43 senators contacted
        • 16% (7/43) of senators contacted signed
      • 15 senators, including Sens. Van Hollen and Cassidy, signed the final letter
    • Including both efforts, 49 members of Congress pledged support for MISSION ZERO
      • 41% (20/49) of these officials represent 39% (77/196) of COT members
      • 55% (42/77) of COT members represented by final signers participated in grassroots efforts to promote MISSION ZERO

For more information about federal legislative trauma efforts, contact Amelia Suermann, Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at asuermann@facs.org. To learn more about SurgeonsVoice and SurgeonsPAC activity, contact Katie Oehmen, Senior Manager, Political and Grassroots Engagement, at koehmen@facs.org.