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

February 8, 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

WHERE:       Grand Hyatt Washington
                        1000 H St., NW
                        Washington, DC 20001

CONTACTReporters must pre-register by contacting Liz Magsig (202-789-7419, Admission to the conference is not guaranteed without pre-registration.

Speakers and times are subject to change without notice.



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.

Regulatory Issues

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.


Congressional Perspectives

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.  

Congressional Perspectives

11:00 – 11:45AM

  • U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)


Media Contact:
Liz Magsig

AMA Media Relations
(202) 789-7419

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