Discussions addressed several issues including Medicare and Medicaid funding, federal laws that are driving physician-hospital consolidation, and the impact of federal health reform on physician practices.
“The conversations were very productive,” Seligson said. “We were able to discuss issues at length with these lawmakers.”
Seligson and Keene joined other state society CEOs and lobbyists from around the country, including U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, MD, representing north Texas. Representative Burgess chairs the Congressional Healthcare Caucus. One goal of the State Medical Societies is to organize stronger grassroots advocacy by physicians on federal issues affecting their practice. The AMA’s Senior VP for Advocacy Richard Deem briefed the state representatives on the major issues being discussed on Capitol Hill and coordinated the lobbying activities.