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Summit Participants Discuss Health Policy Priorities with Legislators

A total of 293 surgical leaders from 47 states participated in 253 meetings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, April 2, during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit. In these visits, ACS Fellows met with members of Congress and their staffs to help educate legislators on health care issues. Topics that participants in the Capitol Hill visits addressed included the following:

  • Concerns about surprise billing of patients who have received care from out-of-network providers without their prior knowledge
  • Prior authorization mandates from Medicare Advantage plans, which often lead to delays in the delivery of quality care
  • Meaningful measurement of surgical quality to create a true value-based health care delivery system
  • Development of a Medicare physician payment methodology that accounts for the effects of inflation on physician practice, improves Merit-based Incentive Payment System measurement, implements new Alternative Payment Models, and provides opportunities to succeed through innovation and quality improvement
  • Funding for firearms research and violence prevention
  • Senate passage of the House-passed Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, which includes the Mission Zero Act aimed at integrating military health care professionals into the civilian setting
  • Passage of cancer research and prevention legislation, including the Palliative Care Education and Hospice Training Act, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Actand appropriations that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cancer programs

For details, contact ACS Legislative and Political Affairs Manager Kristin McDonald at kmcdonald@facs.org or 202-672-1512.

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