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National Advocacy Conference

2017 National Advocacy Conference

Feb. 27–March 1
Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, D.C.

The American Medical Association looks forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C., at the 2017 National Advocacy Conference (NAC). This year's conference features a terrific lineup of guest speakers and a variety of activities and opportunities that will leave you more well-informed and empowered to advocate for patients, the medical profession and the future of health care.

2016 Conference

The AMA has prepared action kits covering key issues that will be addressed at the National Advocacy Conference.

"President's lecture" Speaker
Kicking off the conference this year is Ken Adelman, a diplomat, political writer, policy analyst, and leadership coach. He served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nearly 5 years as part of the Ronald Reagan administration and acted as an advisor to the president during the historic Iceland superpower summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. This experience inspired the highly acclaimed book, Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War (2014). Adelman offers a dramatic, first-hand look into the character and leadership of Ronald Reagan, and he shares what happened during the weekend that became the key turning point in the Cold War and led to the most sweeping nuclear arms accord in history.

Keynote speakers

Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd
NBC News political director and host of Meet the Press and MTP Daily

Joe Scarborough
Joe Scarborough
Master of ceremonies at the Nathan Davis Awards Dinner
As the face of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough is known for igniting early morning audiences with his no-holds barred political commentary. Pulling from his experience as an influential player in Republican politics, Scarborough navigates the political environment with an insider’s perspective and a no-nonsense attitude. With his signature off-the-cuff commentary, he offers a fast-paced perspective on the current political landscape and important issues facing America. A two-time New York Times best-selling author, Scarborough was named in 2011 to the prestigious “TIME 100” list of the world’s most influential people.

2016 National Advocacy Conference Agenda

Monday, February 22
President's lecture
3:00–4:15 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A

Ken Adelman, a diplomat, political writer, policy analyst, leadership coach and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Capitol Hill briefing
4:15–5:15 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A

Senior advocacy staff from the American Medical Association will deliver an overview of the organization’s priority issues and things to keep in mind if you are meeting with members of Congress.

Richard A. Deem, senior vice president, Advocacy, AMA

Cindy Brown, vice president, Government Affairs, AMA

Todd Askew, director, Congressional Affairs, AMA

AMA leadership on the issues
5:15–6:15 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A

The AMA president, president-elect, and chair of the Board of Trustees share their perspectives on the issues they address daily when discussing the AMA’s efforts and advocacy agenda with members of Congress, the administration and the media.

Steven J. Stack, MD, president, AMA

Andrew W. Gurman, MD, president-elect, AMA

Stephen R. Permut, MD, JD, board chair, AMA

Welcome reception sponsored by AMPAC
6:15–7:15 p.m.
Independence Ballroom B–E

Tuesday, February 23
7:30–8:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom B–E

Inside the Beltway
Chuck Todd, political director, NBC News and host of Meet the Press and MSNBC’s MTP Daily
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A

From the administration
9:30–10:00 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A

Hear the administration’s perspective on Meaningful Use, MACRA and more.

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Andy Slavitt oversees several of the nation’s most important programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Slavitt and the CMS team are focused on improving quality, health outcomes, access and affordability while addressing health disparities and protecting program integrity, often through combatting health care fraud.

Congressional perspectives
10:15 a.m.–10:40 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A
Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA)

Congressional perspectives
10:40 a.m.–11 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

MACRA: What it means to you and your practice
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A

The AMA’s successful effort to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate creates opportunities for better payment systems. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) provides a 5-percent annual lump-sum bonus payment to physicians participating in alternative payment models and exempts them from the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In addition to adjusting fee-for-service payments based on clinical practice improvement, quality, judicious resource use and electronic records, MIPS significantly reduces penalty risks from prior law and provides more opportunity for bonuses. This session will provide an overview of alternative payment models that may be right for your practice and an informed look at MIPS quality measures.

Richard Hellman, MD, clinical professor of medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; past president, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; member, editorial board, Diabetes Care

Harold D. Miller, president and CEO, Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform

Lunch (boxed lunches)
12:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom B–E

Afternoon free for Hill visits

Nathan Davis reception
This reception is open to all National Advocacy Conference attendees
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Independence Ballroom B–E

Nathan Davis Awards dinner
Master of Ceremonies: Joe Scarborough
Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, New York Times best-selling author and former U.S. congressman (R-FL)
7:00–9:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A

Wednesday, February 24
7:15–8:00 a.m.
Independence Ballroom B–E

Congressional perspectives
Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
8:00–8:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A

The opioid epidemic and other drug issues
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A
Michael Botticelli, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Drug pricing
9:30–10:45 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A

The panel will discuss the rising cost and projected growth in spending on pharmaceuticals and the impact this has on patient access and adherence to medically necessary prescription drugs. Each panelist will be asked what their organization is doing to address patient and physician concerns on this issue.

David Certner, legislative counsel and director, legislative policy, AARP
Steve Miller, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Express Scripts
Lori Reilly, executive vice president, policy and research, PhRMA

Marilyn Werber Serafini, vice president, policy, Alliance for Health Reform

Campaign 2016
10:45–11:30 a.m.
Independence Ballroom A

Stuart Rothenberg, founding editor and publisher, Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and columnist, Roll Call

Stuart Rothenberg embodies that rare ability to report on all the political happenings in the nation with unbiased clarity and nonpartisan precision. His publication, The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, provides honest, nonpartisan reporting and analysis of American elections and political developments. Rothenberg, who also writes a column in Roll Call, is one of the nation’s most popular political analysts and handicappers, and a frequent guest on the network television news circuit, where he has appeared on Meet the Press, TODAY, This Week, Face the Nation, Nightline and The McLaughlin Group.

Regulatory update
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom A

The AMA continues to monitor and address new regulations, always advocating for the best interests of physicians. This session will review the AMA’s efforts and discuss the impact these new regulations will have on physicians.

Margaret Garikes, JD, vice president, Federal Affairs, AMA

Lunch (boxed lunches available)
12:30 p.m.
Independence Ballroom B–E

Afternoon open for Hill visits