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Medicare reimbursement disparity, Association Health Plan rule focus of Capitol Hill meetings

The Wisconsin Medical Society was well represented in Washington D.C. this week as Society leaders visited with members and staff of the Wisconsin congressional delegation.

Held in conjunction with the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference (NAC), the visits included meetings with Sen. Ron Johnson and Reps. Glenn Grothman and Mark Pocan, as well as staff from the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, and Reps. Sean Duffy, Mike Gallagher, Ron Kind and Jim Sensenbrenner.

In addition to Capitol Hill visits, Society staff Lisa Davidson, Linda Syth and H.J. Waukau met with Senior Policy Advisor Mark Dundee and other key staff from the Department of Labor to discuss the proposed Association Health Plan rule, which could negatively impact the Society’s Association Health Plan.

“We shared our concerns about several important issues, including the proposed Association Health Plan rule,” said Davidson, the Society’s vice president of advocacy and membership. “We also reaffirmed our desire to work with the delegation on a long-term fix to our existing disparity in Medicare reimbursement, as well as the need for continued regulatory relief, new ideas on the opioid front such as e-prescribing, and transparency in prescription drug pricing.”

In addition to Davidson, Syth, and Waukau, NAC participants included Jerry Halverson, MD, chair of the Society’s board of directors, President Noel Deep, MD, and Michael Miller, MD, speaker of the House of Delegates

NAC brings together physicians from throughout the country to engage in legislative visits. Click here to see photos of the conference at the Society’s Facebook page and don’t forget to follow wismed_docs on Instagram.

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