Georgia Takes Large Delegation to Capitol Hill to Protect the Specialty

Almost 450 cardiovascular professionals, including 16 from the Georgia Chapter participate in ACC’s annual Legislative Conference. This essential event informs lawmakers about the difference cardiovascular professionals make in the lives of our patients and allows participants to share our vision for continuing the advancement of cardiovascular care.

Key issues presented by the participants to the
Senatorial and Congressional offices were:

 

      • Foster medical innovation and research through robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
      • Exercise careful oversight of issues that contribute to administrative burden and detract from patient care, including undue limitation on access to medication and other necessary therapies, prior authorization and lack of EHR interoperability.
      • Continue bipartisan collaboration on cardiovascular priorities. As an example, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included provisions of great importance to cardiovascular clinicians and the broader healthcare community.

Thanks to the following for their participation on behalf of our chapter:

Drs Adam Berman, Charlie Brown, Tom Deering, Jackie Green,
Kunal Gurav, Gina Lundberg, Jerre Lutz, Tim Maddux (FIT),
Jeff Marshall, Arthur Reitman, Pascha Schafer, Prad Tummula,
Bo Walpole and Executive Director Hank Holderfield.

 


Dr. Jerre Lutz, ACCPAC Board member, was recognized for attending 26 of the 27 legislative conferences that have been held.