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AMA State Advocacy Roundtable Conference

August 7-9, 2014
Conrad Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Held each summer in August, this meeting allows state and specialty society lobbyists, general counsel and policy staff to exchange information and strategies on critical state health care issues, and participate in an informal format that supports open dialogue and idea-sharing. This conference also encourages networking among fellow medical association staff.

Tentative meeting schedule  

The year ahead in health care: A forecasting model

The growing demand for data transparency

Background:

The demand for health care data and transparency is greater than ever. Complete and accurate cost and quality information can empower consumers to make informed decisions about their care, advise benefit choices by employers and public payers, help insurers evaluate providers, inform important research, and allow physicians to make quality improvements and successfully participate in new payment and delivery models.

But is the data collected in the numerous initiatives across the country being translated into information from which all stakeholders can benefit? How do we ensure complete and accurate information? What information should be available and to who? What requirements should be placed on those reporting these data? And what types of advocacy can help ensure the most useful information is available?

Objectives:

  • Better understand the environment that is leading to the demand for transparency and what initiatives are underway.
  • Consider the interest of the employer, as a major driver behind the demand.
  • Identify how medical societies can address data transparency initiatives and how physicians should engage in order to benefit.

Panelists:

  • Keynote speaker: Leemore Dafny, PhD, Professor of Management and Strategy and Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Larry S. Boress, President and CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health
  • Rich Deem, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, American Medical Association
  • Patricia Kolodzey, Associate Director, Legislative Affairs, Texas Medical Association

Contact information:

For more information on issues raised in this session, please contact Emily Carroll, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at emily.carroll@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4967.

AMA Resources:

Outside Resources:

Health insurance reforms and beyond

Background:

This year has been full of changes in the health insurance market, including the implementation of exchanges and a shift toward narrow provider networks. With these changes have come physicians concerns, and medical societies have responded with both legislative and regulatory advocacy. Some successes have been achieved, but much more work remains ahead. What are the most pressing issues? What are the best strategies for protecting patients and physicians? This session will detail state legislative strategy and identify key resources for legislative and regulatory progress.

Objectives:

  • Understand how medical societies have directed their advocacy agendas to address physician concerns related to exchange implemenation and provider network changes.
  • Identify what health reform priorities and related advocacy strategies might be important for your physicians in 2015.

Part 1 - Addressing exchange issues and providing solutions

Panel:

  • Kathryn Kolan, JD, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Washington State Medical Association
  • Brett Johnson, JD, Associate Director, Center for Medical and Regulatory Policy, California Medical Association
  • Cory Meadows, Director for Advocacy and Legal Affairs, Kentucky Medical Association

Part 2 - Networks-Rulemaking and legislating

Panel:

  • Kathryn Kolan, JD, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Washington State Medical Association
  • Brett Johnson, JD, Associate Director, Center for Medical and Regulatory Policy, California Medical Association
  • David Brewster, Assistant Director, Practice Advocacy, American Academy of Dermatology Association

AMA Resources:

Contact Information:

For more information on issues raised in this session, please contact Daniel Blaney-Koen, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at daniel.blaney-koen@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4954 or Emily Carroll, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at emily.carroll@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4967.

Telemedicine

Background:

Telemedicine, a key innovation in support of health care delivery reform, is being used in initiatives to improve access to care, care coordination and quality, as well as reduce the rate of growth in health care spending. At the same time, pressure to facilitate greater adoption of telemedicine has legislators seeking to streamline medical licensure and regulation of telemedicine at both the state and federal level. In this session, we will hear about efforts to facilitate multistate medical licensure and regulate telemedicine. We will hear from state and national medical specialty societies, including one medical society that has entered the market as a telemedicine vendor. This panel will discuss how physician leadership can help support the safe adoption of these exciting new technologies.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to protect the interest of patients and the ability of states to enforce state licensure and medical practice laws while setting the stage for the adoption of these new medical technologies.
  • Identify opportunities for physicians to proactively address telemedicine licensure and policy.
  • Discuss what state-based efforts are needed to advance sound telemedicine policy.

Panelists:

  • Eric Fish, JD, Senior Director, Legal Services, Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Kristina Finney, MPH, Manager, Quality and Patient Safety Resources, American Academy of Dermatology Association
  • Troy Alexander, Associate Director, Legislative Affairs, Texas Medical Association

AMA Resources:

Contact Information:

For more information on issues raised in this session, please contact Kristin Schleiter, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at kristin.schleiter@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4783.

Friday Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1 - Protecting the patient physician relationship

Background:

As legislatures continue to reach into the patient-physician relationship through physician gag laws, mandated procedures as well as legalizing medical marijuana, this session will highlight strategies for medical society engagement on politically sensitive issues.

Objectives:

  • Brainstorm with colleagues on approaches to defend the patient physician relationship
  • Identify potential collaboration for legislative success

AMA Resources:

Contact Information:

For more information on issues raised in this session, please contact Carrie Armour, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at carrie.armour@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4039.

Breakout #2 - State alternatives to GME financing

Background:

In recent years, there has been a growing inability for medical school graduates to enter the training program of their choice. Proposals to change graduate medical education (GME) have focused on funding, governance, and prioritization of specialties. While many of these proposals come from national organizations offering national solutions, states are playing an increasingly important role in reforming GME. Individual states have pioneered methods and organizational structures to target GME positions toward state health workforce needs and offered creative mechanisms to support GME. There is thus an opportunity for medical associations to take significant action to support the future health care workforce.

Objectives:

  • Learn about state-level GME financing efforts to increase the physician workforce and influence physicians' specialty and distribution.
  • Discuss with your colleagues the opportunities and challenges inherent in new and innovative state-based approaches to GME financing.

Panelists:

  • Paul Rockey, MD, Scholar in Residence, Accreditation for Council for Graduate Medical Education

AMA Resources:

Contact Information:

For more information on issues raised in this session, please contact Kristin Schleiter, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at kristin.schleiter@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4783.

Breakout #3 - The future of medical liability reform

Background:

What is the future medical liability reform in your state? Will your approach evolve with the times, or will you look to tried-and-true methods for success? Decide where your society stands after this debate-style discussion.

Objectives:

  • Challenge your thinking on the future of medical liability reform advocacy.
  • Refine your arguments in support of traditional and innovative medical liability reform efforts.

Panelists:

  • Gordon Smith, JD, Executive Vice President, Maine Medical Association
  • Donald Palmisano, Jr., Executive Director/CEO, Medical Association of Georgia

AMA Resources:

Contact Information:

For more information on issues raised in this session, please contact Kristin Schleiter, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy Resource Center at kristin.schleiter@ama-assn.org or (312) 464-4783.

Medicaid - Expanding your state's options

Rx drug abuse

Health workforce mapper demonstration

Advocating for practice transformation

Team-based care

Administrative simplification: The Colorado initative

Showing your value to physicians