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Right now, members and staff of key congressional committees are seeking input and drafting proposals that will dramatically change health care payment and delivery in America. At the same time, implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues at full speed, even as provisions within it are still hotly debated.

ACC's Legislative Conference is a unique opportunity for cardiovascular professionals to hear first-hand from members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff and other policymakers who will provide an insider’s view from the halls of Congress. Most importantly, hundreds of members meet directly with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to share the incredible work the cardiovascular community is doing, in a time of rapid change and great uncertainty, to provide quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care.

The 2013 Legislative Conference kicked-off on Sept. 22 with an ACC Political Action Committee-sponsored reception and dinner featuring keynote remarks from Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward. His speech, titled "Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics," was the centerpiece of a fascinating and thought-provoking evening. Monday was filled with educational sessions on the hot button issues that impact cardiovascular professionals across the country. On Tuesday, conference participants headed to Capitol Hill for pre-arranged meetings with their members of Congress.

Visit the highlights page below for blog coverage and photos. Follow @Cardiology on Twitter and share your thoughts by using the hashtag #ACCLegConf.