ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference 2016
Lucy Hormberg, M.D., J.D.
Impact. Comradery. Education. These are three reasons why should you attend ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC) in May this year. Many of you reading this newsletter have been to this exciting annual conference—a crowd favorite. ACEP’s 2016 Leadership and Advocacy Conference will be held in Washington, D.C, May 15-18.
The 4-day conference starts on Sunday, May 15 with the core advocacy curriculum (Health Policy Primer) presented by EMRA and ACEP’s Young Physicians section (YPS) and committee meetings. This course includes Intro to Health Policy Basics, Fair Payment and Balance Billing, GME Funding, Alternative Payment Models, and a journal club session on the literature behind alternative payment models. The day concludes with a reception held by EMRA and YPS.
Monday, May 16 kicks off with breakfast and a full day of conversation-starting lecturers on current policy topics in emergency medicine. These presentations include an introduction to the concept of disruptive innovation, ACEP’s quality initiatives, a deep-dive into alternative payment models, and state strategies on dealing with out-of-network providers and balance billing. Lunch features political pundit and National Journal columnist Charlie Cook, who will share his thoughts on national health care issues. The afternoon session on media training is a must attend for any physician asked to provide public commentary or information.
Tuesday is ACEP’s National Lobby Day, the heart of this conference. Advocacy training on specific issues (often by the House or Senate bill sponsors) is provided over breakfast and lunch. After lunch, we visit with our Congressional representatives and their legislative staffers about the specific issues. More importantly, it is through these repeated, brief meetings that we as a professional organization build relationships in order to be the resource that Congress turns to for guidance on medical policies. Lobby Day concludes with the Congressional Reception where our Representatives, Senators, and their staffers join us for food and drinks.
The final day of LAC offers CME credit for leadership training.
Interested? This spring will bring beautiful weather and an exciting atmosphere to our capital city, and the more emergency medicine physicians that attend LAC, the better it will be. Register before May 14, 2016 for discounted price ($175 for ACEP members and $55 for residents, fellows, and students). For more information, visit www.acep.org/LAC and talk to others who have gone to this can’t miss yearly conference.