Update as of May 1, 2020
Dear PaACC Members:
Your ACC - specifically the Health Affairs Committee(HAC) - continues to diligently work hand-in-hand with federal administrators, legislators, and staff. In concert with our sister societies, we have advocated for many things on the basis of both patients as well as health care providers during this COVID-19 crisis.
This afternoon CMS posted another interim final rule with comment period (IFC) that grants additional flexibilities for clinicians and facilities to respond to COVID-19. A short summary has been posted to acc.org here. ACC HAC staff continue to dig through the nearly 300 pages, but want to highlight up front the increase in payment for the telephone codes 99441-99443 to parity with existing patient office visits 99212-99214. That is identical to the recommendation we made previously with ACP and others, and a big win for you who are taking care of patients who can’t access video telehealth.
We continue to advocate passionately both on the federal and state levels. We WILL need YOUR help to get some state initiatives accomplished in the coming weeks... but for now let's enjoy this victory - for both patients and health care providers.Andrew R. Waxler, MD, FACC
Governor, ACC, representing Eastern Pennsylvania
The Health Affairs Committee sent a letter to Congress this week recommending that the 4th COVID-19 emergency stimulus package accommodate these priorities:
The themes of liability protection and suspension of prior authorization have been further amplified by State Affairs’ local advocacy efforts:
Here’s how you and your Chapter can help with these efforts:
The Chapters provide the College with a national network to amplify and execute its advocacy priorities on the local level. We also can provide vital information to each other about what is happening in our states, either to emulate best practices, or to guard against concerning trends. As we negotiate the COVID-19 crisis in the lead-up to Legislative Conference in the fall, developing a robust architecture for state advocacy will be key to weathering the pandemic, and beyond. Look for an invitation to participate in a WebEx with a selected subset of your BOG colleagues within the next few months to develop strategies for nurturing this vital grass roots network, and strengthening our relationship with State Affairs.
First and foremost, legislators need to hear from physicians in order to make accurate and informed decisions about health care. Specifically, when considering legislation that affects the daily practice of cardiology, there is no better resource for a legislator to have than the clinical knowledge and insight of YOU, their cardiologist constituents.
CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR HEART: DON'T IGNORE HEART SYMPTOMS
ACC CardioSmart recently published the infographic below to emphasize the importance of maintaining heart health through the epidemic. Click here for additional information.
What other ways can you get involved?
Member participation in advocacy efforts is crucial to shaping the future of cardiology. Find out how you can make a difference by visiting ACC.org/Advocacy.
Contact Your Legislators
Do you know your Pennsylvania legislators or have a working relationship with key decision makers? Contact them, reach out to them to offer your expertise!
Protect Your Professional Interests!
The ACC PAC is one component of the ACC advocacy effort and is the most important ACC presence in the federal legislative arena. The PAC needs ongoing support from all Pennsylvania Chapter members to be effective. Our strongest adversaries are organized, know how important participation in the political process is, and achieve high levels of participation when it comes to donating to their PACs.