Thank you to those who attended Advocacy Day 2016!!
The Kansas Chapter, American College of Surgeons was represented at Advocacy Day by five physicians as well as Justin Rosen, State Affairs Associate, from the ACS.
The day was filled with great information and opportunity. It began with an advocacy briefing by Tom Bell and Chad Austin with the Kansas Hospital Association. An overview of the tanning bed issue and the importance of our efforts toward this was presented by the Kansas Chapter, ACS President, Joshua Mammen, MD, PhD, FACS. Jerry Slaughter, KMS Executive Director and Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Legislative Liaison, updated the group on expectations of the 2016 Legislative Session. The group also heard an informative presentation on MACRA: Medicare's Shift to Value-Based Delivery & Payment Models, by Amy Mullins, MD, CPE, FAAFP, AAFP Medical Director for Quality Improvement.
After lunch, the attendees took advantage of the opportunity to visit directly with their senators and representatives about legislation affecting health care issues this session.
Toward the end of the day, the group heard perspectives from Representative Jim Ward, Representative Daniel Hawkins, Senator Jeff King and Senator Laura Kelly.