Advocacy / Day on the Hill (DOTH)

Day on the Hill 2018


March 5-6, 2018
Washington, D.C.
Hyatt Place Washington D.C./National Mall
400 E Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Advocate for your career by coming to Washington, D.C., for Day on the Hill (DOTH). Registration is complimentary. Advocacy training will occur the evening of Monday, March 5, 2018, while Tuesday, March 6 is set aside for you to schedule visits with your elected officials on the Hill. Register now by clicking the button, below - you will be prompted to log in if you have not done so already.

The housing block at the host hotel is now full. We recommend researching other hotels nearby. The Residence Inn Washington DC/Capitol (333 E. St. SW) and the Holiday Inn Capitol (550 C St. SW) both offer complimentary breakfast, and are walkable from the host hotel.

Light refreshments will be offered during Monday's advocacy training. More information is included in your registration confirmation email.


AACVPR's Focus on Advocacy

Join your colleagues in advocating for the importance of Medicare decisions and its impact on CR/PR providers. AACVPR has had recent success totally due to AACVPR members consistently and continually communicating with Congress over the past seven years on the nonphysician supervision issue. This DOTH is a chance to thank all the Congressional Members and staff who supported this effort. 

The request to Congress this year is to seek support for legislation that would correct the unintended consequences of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This mandates payment reduction for hospital outpatient services that re-locate or open at an off-campus site. For cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services wanting to expand to improve patient access, this is a major barrier. 

Read our talking points here.

Schedule - Monday, March 5

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Discussion and training in preparation for Tuesday Congressional office visits that you, in coordination with others attending to represent your state , will make over the next month. A lobbyist who previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 22 years will share an insider’s perspective. Each issue you’ll be discussing with your Congressional Members and/or staff will be thoroughly covered from background to talking points with accompanying hand-outs, so you are well-prepared for your appointments.  

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AACVPR is excited to host Dr. Steven Farmer, Senior Advisor and Senior Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He will speak on the Bundled Payment Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCI-A) initiative. This new voluntary episode payment model was announced by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) in January. It is an expansion of the BPCI model that has been in operation since 2013. Conditions included in this advanced model that are relevant to cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services (CR, PR) are COPD, asthma, bronchitis, congestive heart failure, CABG, cardiac valve, and PCI. If your hospital is considering participating in this new model, you will want to be informed to be more effectively involved in your institution’s consideration of and preparation for this opportunity. Dr. Farmer will present an overview of the model and the role CR and PR can play in helping reducing costs and coordinating care while improving meaningful outcomes. As the evidence demonstrates, when delivered effectively, PR and CR have the potential to add value that CMS is seeking in this episode care approach.

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How to find your U.S. House Representative: For the contact information of your House Representative, click here.

How to find your U.S. Senators: For the contact information of your two Senators, click here.

How to find Critical Access Hospital (CAH)s per state: For a list of CAHs per state, a complete list of CAHs and a map of all CAHs, click here.

Contacting and Locating Your U.S. Senators in Washington D.C.:

  1. Click here to find D.C. address and office main phone #.
  2. Ask for the person responsible for health care issues.
  3. Request a meeting with that person AND the Senator.
  4. You may be told you will be meeting with someone else and you may be instructed to schedule an appointment through a scheduling person. Each office varies and you will be assisted through the process for that particular Senator. 

How to communicate with your U.S. Senators' and U.S. House Members' Washington, DC offices:

  • Call the office and ask first for the name of the person who is responsible for health care issues.
  • Ask if that person prefers to be contacted by telephone or by email on an issue of concern to you.
  • If by email, send it to health staffer with a brief summary of what you are asking for.
  • Let him/her know you will call on ___ (date) (5 days is fair) for the Senator’s decision or to answer any questions he/she may have.
  • Continue calling weekly until you receive an answer (or unless you are told to proceed otherwise by the health staffer).
  • If health staffer prefers telephone over email for initial contact, follow talking points below to explain your task. 

Communication Tips:

  • You are representing cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for your state’s providers and patients.
  • Try to immediately speak with the person responsible for health issues, but understand that every office operates by its own rules and email may be the preferred method of initial contact.
  • Address an email to the congressional member AND to the person whose name you’ve been given as responsible for health care issues for the member.
  • Follow-up when you said you would and keep trying. It is their job to be aware of and care about health care issues that could ultimately help or hinder access of vital services for Medicare beneficiaries.

Map of Capitol Hill and Congressional Buildings: You may find it helpful to print this map.

Map of Washington D.C. Metro Line: You may find it helpful to print this metro line map in color.

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Justin Dials, Theo Jordanides, Katy Maag, 
and Chelsea Roth at the US Capitol.



Wayne Reynolds and Ginny Dow met 
with legislative officials 
from Senator Elizabeth Warren's 
(D-MA) office.



Justin Dials and Katy Maag, 
visted Senator Portman's 
(R-OH) office.



Mark Stout visted Congressman 
Wilson (R-SC) office in 
West Columbia, SC.