Washington, D.C.

Now more than ever, your programs and patients need you to advocate for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Join AACVPR for Day on the Hill 2019 to meet with the legislators who make important Medicare decisions that impact CR and PR providers. 

Register here!

Hotel Location: Liasion Capitol Hill 
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The Liaison Capitol Hill is conveniently located on New Jersey Avenue, which is a short 10-minute walk to the United States Capitol. An email with a link to book a room and reserve with the AACVPR room block will be sent in your registration confirmation email

Please contact Teo Tueres at ttueres@aacvpr.org, if you are registered and have not received room reservation link. 

In the meantime please feel free to book your flight now. 


A pre-DOTH preparatory call will take place on February 26 at 3 p.m. CST. Email communication will also be sent to those who register for DOTH.


FOCUS ON ADVOCACY | RESOURCES


AACVPR's Focus on Advocacy

The request to Congress in 2019 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 2019 Legislative Priority here

Registration/packet pick-up for this event begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, March 4th at the Liaison Capitol Hotel. Light hor d’oeuvres will be served. There will be a training session from 6 pm-7pm. We are pleased to have Kristen O'Neill at this session to help us prepare for our Day on the Hill.Prior to joining Farragut Partners, Kristen served as the Health Policy Advisor for Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Gene Green (D-TX). In that role, she served as the chief policy advisor on all health care matters.

She also helped develop several pieces of marquee legislation, including the 21st Century Cures Act, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Combating Addiction and Recovery Act, the FDA User Fee Reauthorization Act (FDARA), and the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). She also served as a liaison to Member offices on the committee to help them advance their policy goals. 


Resources

Want to see who else from your state is attending DOTH 2019? Click here for the latest attendee roster

Congress letters to CMS address concerns over negative impact of Section 603

US Congressional Committees that oversee Medicare

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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Moments from Day on the Hill 2018

 

Sen. Cory Booker and the Tri-State Society Delegation



Patty Lake and Susan Bauman with Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN)

 
Marrion Harris-Barter, Ashleigh Funk (FL) and Karen Lui
 

The Maryland Delegation with Sen. Chris Van Hollen
 

Janie Knipper and Karie Martin with Rep. David Young (IA)
 

The Wisconsin Delegation at the office of Rep. Paul Ryan