NCMS, State Coalition Meet With Congressional Leaders; CMS’ Seema Verma

NCMS President John L. Reynolds, MD

North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) President John L. Reynolds, MD, and NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson were on Capitol Hill last week meeting with congressional leaders and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) staff to discuss current issues of importance to NCMS members.

The discussions touched on issues like Medicare physician payments, fixing the Affordable Care Act, reforms to MACRA, providing regulatory relief and lifting the moratorium on physician-owned hospitals. Read a summary of the talking points on each of these issues. The meetings are an ongoing part of our federal lobbying efforts that also include the 10-member Coalition of State Medical Societies. Watch the Bulletin for updates on progress on each of these issues in the coming months.

The NCMS representatives spent over an hour with Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and with Sen. Thom Tillis’ health care legislative expert, Bill Bode, discussing the above issues. This particular trip also included meetings with Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), chair of the subcommittee on health of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The group also met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who was welcoming and responsive to the Coalition’s messages, and promised to follow-up.

Dr. Reynolds had the opportunity to attend a private briefing with Kate Goodrich, MD, Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS.

“I was pleasantly surprised that Dr. Goodrich is still a part-time practicing physician,” he said. “She was very open to answering questions, accepting suggestions and appears dedicated to quality measurement that is meaningful and beneficial.”

Seligson returned from Washington, D.C. to meet with Patrick Conway, MD, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

“I continue to be impressed with Dr. Conway’s commitment to work with the NCMS on medical and regulatory issue of importance to our members,” Seligson said. “Dr. Conway’s knowledge and skill set are inspiring. I look forward to working with him.”


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