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Through its advocacy efforts, the ACC builds relationships with Congress, federal government agencies, state legislative and regulatory bodies, private insurers and other policy making groups to advance the College's mission of improving heart health.

In 2016, the College's advocacy priorities include creating a value-driven health care system; ensuring patient access to care and cardiovascular practice stability; promoting the use of clinical data to improve care; fostering research and innovation in cardiovascular care; and improving population health and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Member participation in advocacy efforts is crucial to shaping the future of cardiology. Now is the time to get involved! Find out how you can make a difference by visiting ACC.org/Advocacy or Contact the Wisconsin Chapter.

ACC's 2015 Legislative Conference

October 18-20, 2015
Washington, DC.

Nearly 400 ACC members attending Legislative Conference on Oct. 18 -- 20 in Washington, DC urged Congress to:

  • 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.
  • Utilize the expertise and experience of medical specialty societies to promote the usability of electronic health records by care team members.
  • Support new funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health at the levels provided in the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act.
  • As the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is implemented, work with medical specialty societies and federal agencies to develop alternative payment models that allow clinicians to provide the most effective and efficient care to their patients.

The ACC is always focused on other issues on the horizon that impact providers and patients, including site of service, in-office ancillary services exception, graduate medical education, pediatric care, generic and prescription drug affordability and access. For more on ACC’s Legislative Conference, follow @Cardiology on Twitter or head to the ACC in Touch Blog for full event coverage.

 
WC-ACC Governor Anthony DeFranco Holds Successful Meeting with Congressman Ryan

On March 10, 2014, WC-ACC Governor Anthony DeFranco, MD, FACC had the privilege of meeting with Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman, House Budget Committee, to discuss SGR repeal legislation, health care reform, and issues of importance to cardiologists and physicians in general. Jamil Tajik, MD, FACC, Steven Port, MD, FACC, and several members of the Aurora Health Care Executive Leadership were in attendance.

During the 90-minute meeting, Rep. Ryan was extraordinarily engaged and demonstrated (as usual) a profound understanding of health care economics and, especially, of cardiovascular practice in particular. In addition to growing up with former ACC President and Trustee Dolph Hutter, MD, as his uncle (after, as he mentioned, the sudden cardiac death of his dad, which he emphasized is a key motivating factor in his personal prevention program and his interest in CV issues), Rep. Ryan also worked as a teen at his grandfather's cardiology practice.

View the full meeting report here.

Follow Up - Thank You Letter to Congressman Ryan

March 10, 2014
The Honorable Paul Ryan
United States Congressman, First District, Wisconsin
1233 Longworth Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Ryan:

I would like to thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to visit Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and, specifically, Aurora Cardiovascular Services. I know your schedule allows you to attend only a fraction of the events to which you are invited, and on behalf of my Aurora colleagues as well as the members of the State Chapter whom I represent, we are grateful for the time you spent listening to our achievements, our concerns, and our hopes for SGR and other reforms. Included with this letter is a position paper on the SGR repeal from the American College of Cardiology. It is essentially identical to the position of health systems like Aurora that are leading health care value initiatives, because SGR repeal is essential to both physicians and health systems.

View the full letter here.

ACC PAC

The American College of Cardiology's Political Action Committee (ACC PAC) was established in 2002 to increase the political power and reach of the College. The mission of ACC PAC is to support federal candidates who back legislation and policies that: improve health care for patients with cardiovascular disease; facilitate the delivery of high quality, cost-effective cardiovascular services; and fund cardiovascular research and prevention

ACC PAC is a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated association independent of and not affiliated with any political party or candidate. One-hundred percent of the personal contributions to PAC are used to support the campaigns of congressional members who are supportive of the College's mission.

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