Legislative highlights from the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting

April 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 3

This year’s agenda for the Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting (March 9-12) featured many advocacy-related speakers and topics. A highlight of the weekend included a “Point/Counter-Point” session with congressional staff from the offices of U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). Via a “friendly” Q&A format, perspectives from both political parties were presented on key issues being considered by lawmakers. In addition, the meeting’s two keynote addresses had a legislative focus. Julius W. Hobson, Jr., provided an overview of the political landscape while U.S. Representative Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) offered an insider’s look at Capitol Hill and the importance of physician advocacy.

AAO-HNS advocacy staff were on hand to brief attendees on the Academy’s latest legislative “wins,” including repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board and preservation of Medicare physician payments. In addition, attendees were briefed on the Academy’s current “talking points” to be used in discussions with policymakers. These legislative priorities were highlighted by AAO-HNS physician leadership during Capitol Hill meetings with the offices of the U.S. Speaker of
the House, U.S. House Majority Leader, U.S. House Minority Leader, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader, as well as key healthcare committees in the U.S. House and Senate.

Many opportunities were available for members to further engage in the Academy’s advocacy programs. Thanks to the generosity of our members, ENT PAC—the AAO-HNS political action committee—raised over $17,000 during the weekend event. In addition, 15 attendees volunteered to join the Academy’s State Tracker team, while many others signed up for the AAO-HNS Advocacy Network and PROJECT 535.

Unable to attend the spring meeting, but interested in being an advocate for the specialty? Contact govtaffairs@entnet.org for more details. The time commitment is minimal, but the impact is immense!