Doctors and Administrators Advocate for Patients and Practices on Capitol Hill Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, Addresses Participants of
Annual Alliance of Specialty Medicine Legislative Fly-In
FAIRFAX, Va. – July 20, 2017 – Nearly 50 doctors and ophthalmic administrators from across the country, representing the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) met in Washington, D.C. this week to talk to their members of Congress about recent legislation and its impact on their patients and practices.
Members of ASCRS and ASOA joined forces with members from other associations through the annual Alliance of Specialty Medicine Legislative Fly-In. A total of 135 physicians and practice administrators from 11 associations gathered on Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives.
“It is vital that we advocate for both patients and physicians to protect access to high-quality specialty medical care,” said Brock Bakewell, MD, chair of the ASCRS Government Relations Committee. “Through this event we have the opportunity to educate those who represent us on the critical issues that affect our profession and offer actionable measures they can take to favorably impact patient care.”
ASCRS and ASOA members met with nearly 55 Members of Congress and focused on two primary issues. Primarily, they advocated for the need to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Members also urged Congress to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide regulatory relief to physicians and other specialty care providers from burdens associated with onerous program requirements related to prior authorization requirements, program integrity initiatives, narrow provider networks, among others.
In addition to meeting with their representatives, physicians attended briefing sessions where they heard from notable speakers including Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-CA) and political commentator Tucker Carlson.
For more information about ASCRS, visit ASCRS.org. For more information about ASOA, visit ASOA.org.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international educational society with more than 8,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. ASCRS.org.
The mission of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators is to advance the skills and professionalism of ophthalmic practice management. Founded in 1986 by administrators for administrators, ASOA is the premier organization for the business side of the ophthalmic practice. Serving administrators, managers, physicians and office staff – ASOA offers avenues for personal and professional growth and provides support, tools and resources for the daily challenges of managing a practice. ASOA.org