Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2016

Several of the Chapter members attended meetings and visited the Kansas Congressional Delegation at the American College of Surgeons Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. in April.

A special thank you for their efforts in making a difference in the environment of healthcare in Kansas.:

  • Dr. Joshua Broghammer of Kansas City
  • Dr. Scott Coates of Chanute
  • Dr. James Hamilton of Topeka
  • Dr. Tyler Hughes of McPherson
  • Dr. Lyndsey Kilgore of Kansas City
  • Dr. Joshua Mammen of Kansas City
  • Dr. Susan Mosier of Lawrence
  • Dr. Robert Winfield of Mission Hills

The Chapter leadership visited with the House and Senate leaders from Kansas about several issues. Some of the issues discussed were:

Recognizing CoC Accreditation: the group asked for support of H. R. 487, recognizing the importance of voluntary accreditation by the Commission on Cancer in assuring patients have access to high quality cancer care.

Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act: the Chapter leadership urged support of H.R. 1220/S. 624, which would waive co-insurance under Medicare Part B for colorectal cancer screening tests, or for the removal of tissue or other procedures in connection with the test. The group also urged support for increased funding for NIH and CDC Cancer Programs.

Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act: support of H.R. 836/S. 884 was requested, which would extend the liability protections of the Public Health Service Act to physicians providing care under the federal mandate of the EMTALA.

Good Samaritan Health Professional Act: similarly, H.R. 865 would ensure that health care professionals who wish to provide voluntary care in response to a federally-declared disaster are able to do so and not face uncertainty about potential liability.

Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act of 2016: the leadership urged support for this forthcoming legislation which would direct the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a study on the designation of surgical Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

Responsible Data Transparency Act: this important legislation would maintain the accurate transparent avenues provided by the existing Qualified Entry program in the Medicare system, while protecting data submitted under the physician quality reporting system from being accessed via FOIA requests. This legislation protects physicians’ right to privacy by safeguarding sensitive information that is submitted to the Medicare program while still facilitating robust transparency and provider accountability.

MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) and MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) Implementation: the group encouraged support for Congress to exercise its oversight authority to encourage CMS to adopt long needed improvements to quality programs including adoption of stakeholder developed measures and refocusing the meaningful use program on the use of data from EHRs and multiple other sources to improve patient care. The group also urged Congress to encourage CMS to release reasonable and flexible guidance on qualified APM (Alternative Payment Model) requirements as soon as possible, and urge CMMI (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) to implement APMs approved by the PTAC (Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee).

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We value quality improvement and appreciate the opportunity to engage with policymakers around issues of health care.