2018 Governmental Affairs Conference
a Grand Success!
Feb. 2, 2018: More than 90 Association members attended the 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington this week seeking to part of the voice of medicine on the national stage. Protecting and promoting medicine’s interests on Capitol Hill is a never-ending responsibility that requires participation from physicians across all specialties. This is particularly true considering the magnitude of the health issues confronting Congress.
The conference kicked off with the President’s Forum and Welcome Reception on Monday, Jan. 29. On Tuesday, attendees had a full day of updates and insights of what’s on the horizon for modern health care and advocacy efforts. Guest speakers included: Richard Deem, Vice President of Government Affairs, AMA Advocacy Efforts & Health Policy for Physicians; Richard Hawkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties; Chris Wilson, CEO of WP Intelligence, Former Director of Research, Analytics and Digital Strategy, 2016 Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign; and Stuart Rothenberg, publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report.
Attendees also had the opportunity to meet with their Congressional Delegation to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss health care issues in their home state.
If you think you can’t make a difference, that you can’t be a voice for medicine, think again. The Medical Association has been working closely with ABMS since late last year to voice concerns over the physician certification process or Maintenance of Certification. During the Washington meeting, Dr. Richard Hawkins delivered an update on the progress of those changes. Since the meeting ended, ABMS issued a statement renewing its commitment to improving the certification process.