The American Medical Association hosted the 2020 National Advisory Conference in Washington, DC, Feb. 10-12. A delegation from Colorado that included many physicians and component society staff members from around the state attended. The first part of the conference featured briefings on hot topics in federal health care policy, including featured presentations by Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Alex Azar, II, JD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The second part of the conference featured hill visits during which the Colorado delegation of physicians and staff met with members of the Colorado congressional delegation or their staff. Those representatives or staff participating in hill visits included, from the U.S. House of Representatives, the honorable Scott Tipton, Jason Crow, Doug Lamborn and Joe Neguse, and, from the U.S. Senate, the honorable Michael Bennett and Cory Gardner. CMS and the AMA have solid and candid working relationships with long-time congressional delegates and their staff. This visit offered the chance to build similarly strong bonds with new members of congress, Reps. Crow and Neguse.

The top health care-related issues the doctors and elected officials discussed included surprise billing; Medicare payment (update, PTAC, MACRA fixes and budget neutrality); vaping; Conrad 30; medical marijuana; reducing prior authorization burden; and telemedicine. Feedback from the visits was positive for all.

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