AMA Physicians, Medical Students Meet in D.C. to Discuss Health Policy Issues
Secretary Sebelius, members of Congress and health care industry leaders will address attendees
January 31, 2013
WHO: American Medical Association (AMA) physicians, medical students
WHAT: National Advocacy Conference (NAC)
AMA physicians and medical students from across the country will meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss the top health policy issues affecting patients and physicians. Topics will include retaining funding for graduate medical education (GME), combatting drug diversion and transforming Medicare to ensure the best health outcomes for patients and rewarding practice environment for physicians.
The meeting will feature remarks from administration officials, health care leaders and members of Congress. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, will deliver the keynote address.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 12 – Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
MEDIA CONTACT: Reporters must pre-register by contacting Liz Magsig (202-789-7419, Elizabeth.Magsig@ama-assn.org). Admission to the conference is not guaranteed without pre-registration.
Speakers and times are subject to change without notice.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Graduate Medical Education
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
- Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., chief public policy officer, Association of American Medical Colleges, will address the potential impacts of deficit reduction and entitlement reforms as they pertain to GME. He will also discuss options for reforming GME financing and potential solutions to workforce shortage projections.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
- Secretary Sebelius will discuss current issues facing physicians and patients as well as the administration’s plans for the coming year.
Delivery and Payment Reform Panel
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
- Chet Burrell, president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Nancy Nielsen, M.D. Ph.D., senior advisor, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations, will provide perspectives from the private and public sectors about efforts to reduce costs and improve care for patients through new payment and delivery models.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
- Margaret Garikes, director of AMA’s Division of Federal Affairs, will lead a discussion about the advocacy work the AMA has done to relieve physicians of regulatory burdens.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
8:00AM – 8:30AM
- U.S. Representative Fred Upton (MI-06)
The Impact of Fiscal Policy on Health Care
8:30AM – 9:45 PM
- David M. Walker, founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative and former comptroller general of the U.S., will discuss efforts to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability, including potential entitlement program cuts and how they might impact physicians.
Combating Drug Diversion
9:45AM – 10:45AM
- R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will discuss what the federal government is doing to address prescription drug diversion, abuse, overdose and death in the U.S.
11:00 – 11:45AM
- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
AMA Media Relations
About the American Medical Association (AMA)
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional, public health and health policy issues. The nation’s largest physician organization plays a leading role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit www.ama-assn.org .