APAO Advocacy and Legislation Update

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APAO Heads to Capitol Hill—September 18!

At this year’s APAO conference, we are pleased to be in close proximity to Capitol Hill and are taking advantage of this great opportunity to hold the APAO’s first Capitol Hill advocacy event!  We are working closely with AAPA to provide participants with all the education and tools they need to hit the Hill the afternoon of September 18 as effective advocates for our profession and for the oncology community. 

No prior advocacy experience is needed, all educational materials will be provided, and all meetings will be scheduled for participants.  We encourage all conference registrants to participate in this event, and an application for CME credits for participation in the training and the Hill Day meetings is pending.
Why should you participate in this event?

YOU represent our profession and are a voice for PAs practicing in oncology! If you are not speaking up, who is speaking for you?

Our Members of Congress deal with many different issues every day. The Members of Congress and their staff rely on their constituents—YOU—to bring them stories and information about what is happening in their states and districts and how issues are affecting the people in the communities they serve.
There are many ways that you can connect with your Members of Congress but in-person visits by constituents can have significant impact as they demonstrate to your elected officials how important an issue is to you. In-person visits give you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your elected officials and/or their staff (who are essential to keeping your Member of Congress informed on issues) to discuss your issue, give them the opportunity to ask questions about the issue, and give you the opportunity to motivate your Members of Congress to think about an issue from your perspective and to take action.

We welcome and encourage all PAs and PA students to participate in this event!

Please note the deadline for registering for APAO’s Hill Day is Friday, August 28, 2015.

PAHPM Needs APAO’s Support!

The Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) are requesting our help to advance the PA profession in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey in this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8N95Y9L

The data from this survey will help facilitate understanding of the palliative care that PAs are already providing, document some characteristics of these PAs such as practice area and years in practice, and gauge interest in additional training in the area of palliative medicine.

We also encourage you to pass this along to your PA colleagues and peers. This data collected will provide a basis of support for our Members of Congress to pass legislation that makes hospice services provided by PAs to Medicare beneficiaries reimbursable.

Thank you in advance for your support. .

Advocate for PAs in Hospice Care—Act Today!

On March 2, 2015, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1202, the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act.

Hospice services provided by PAs to Medicare beneficiaries are currently not reimbursed by Medicare.  This can lead to disruption of care for Medicare beneficiaries at the end of life and create barriers to patients accessing the high quality care that PAs provide.

H.R. 1202 would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow for hospice services provided by PAs to be reimbursed by Medicare.  This is bipartisan legislation, and as of 5/15/15, this bill has 15 cosponsors but we need more cosponsors to elevate this bill in the 114th Congress.

Please contact your Representative today and tell him or her about why PAs are needed to provide hospice care, and ask your member of Congress to cosponsor and pass this legislation this year!

It is easy to contact your representative through the AAPA Legislative Action Center: http://capwiz.com/aapa/issues/alert/?alertid=64205611.

Videos and Articles about Advocacy (courtesy of the AAPA):

How does a bill become a law?

  • Click here for an overview of the Legislative Process

Why is advocacy important?

  • Kristin Butterfield, Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the AAPA, talks about why advocacy matters in her article in PA Professional
  • Kristin Butterfield, MA, talks about why advocacy is for everyone in her article in PA Professional

What can you communicate effectively with your Member of Congress?

  • Kristin Butterfield talks about the importance of in-person meetings with Members of Congress and their staff in her article in PA Professional

What is the Grassroots Advocacy and Information Network (GAIN)?

  • GAIN is a nationwide network of PAs who seek to build relationships with their Members of Congress and staff and advocate for patients and the PA profession.