Held every January, the State Advocacy Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for physician leadership, national experts, state legislators and regulators, and medical society staff. 

2020 presentation slides

Session-related materials


Download the full agenda (PDF)

Purple folder materials

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AMA State Advocacy Summit 2021
Jan. 7-9
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain
Marana, Ariz

AMA State Advocacy Summit 2022
Jan. 13-15
Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Fla


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Jade Simmons

Classical pianist/inspirational speaker

Jade Simmons will give the keynote address at the 2020 State Advocacy Summit. Simmons received training in piano performance from Northwestern and Rice University.

She has performed at the White House and received the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence in a concert held at the U.S. Supreme Court. Named one of the "Best Keynote Speakers of 2019" by Northstar Meetings, her main-stage keynote presentations are a combination of musical performance and storytelling.


2020 agenda at-a-glance

Thursday, Jan. 9

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Speaker: Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, AMA Board of Trustees chair

2:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Strategy session: From national to local, breaking down the health policy trends 2020

Moderator: Joe Gagen, JD, legislative consultant

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Strategy session part 1: A big picture look at the future of health policy

Moderator: Joe Gagen, JD, legislative consultant

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Strategy session part 2: State policymakers’ perspective of the future of health care reform

Moderator: Joe Gagen, JD, legislative consultant

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Strategy session part 3: Medicine's role in health care reforms

Moderator: Joe Gagen, JD, legislative consultant

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Networking break

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
President’s welcome

Speaker: Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, AMA president

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Opening address: The smell of breakthrough

Speaker: Jade Simmons, concert pianist and inspirational speaker. Cocktail reception immediately following.

Friday, Jan. 10

7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Networking breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Welcome and meeting kick-off

Speaker: Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, AMA Board of Trustees chair

8:15 am - 9:15 am
Setting the political stage for 2020: A landscape analysis

Speaker: Nathan L. Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

9:15 am - 10:00 am
Spotlight on social determinants of health: North Carolina’s blueprint for buying health

Speaker: Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Networking break

10:15 am - 11:15 am
2020 state regulatory agendas: conversation with state insurance regulators

Moderator: Joel Ario, managing partner, Manatt Health

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Is prescription drug transparency enough?

Moderator: Jennifer Reck, project director, National Academy for State Health Policy

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch and advocacy update

Moderator: Todd Askew, AMA senior vice president for Advocacy

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Networking break

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Hot topic: National roadmap on state-level efforts to end the opioid epidemic

Moderator: Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, AMA president

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fighting back to help patients access evidence-based care for pain, mental health and substance use disorders

Moderator: Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, AMA president

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Networking break

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
A primer on augmented intelligence and its transformational impact on health care

Moderator: Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, AMA Board of Trustees chair

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cocktail reception

Saturday, Jan. 11

7:00 am - 7:45 am
Networking breakfast

7:45 am - 8:00 am

Moderator: Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, AMA Board of Trustees chair

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Scope of practice: Protecting patients and the practice of medicine

Moderator: Claude Brunson, MD, MS, executive director, Mississippi State Medical Association

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Hot topic: The vaping epidemic

Speaker: John Maa, MD, chief, division of general surgery, Marin General Hospital

9:30 am - 9:45 am
Networking break

9:45 am - 11:00 am
Prior authorization reform: Policy and strategy

Moderator: Jack Resneck, MD, AMA Board of Trustees immediate past chair

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fostering improvements to competition

Moderator: Richard A Feinstein, JD, partner, Boies, Schiller and Flexner

12:00 pm - 12:05 pm
Meeting adjourned

Travel Info

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort

5001 Coconut Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34134