The ACC’s 2014 Legislative Conference took place Sept. 14-16 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.
With Congress considering proposals that will shape the future of health care, it is a critical time for ACC members to come to Washington, DC, to personally deliver ACC’s message. The conference provided the inside scoop on regulatory changes, legislative action and the state of cardiology to empower members to become effective advocates for patients and cardiovascular professionals. Attendees heard first-hand from members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff and other policymakers who provided an insider’s view from Washington. ACC members also met directly with congressional leaders to share ways the cardiovascular community is providing quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care to millions of patients nationwide.
The conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 14 with a special ACC Political Action Committee (ACCPAC)-sponsored reception and dinner featuring political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin. On Monday, a full line-up of educational sessions on the hot button issues that impact cardiovascular professionals armed the entire cardiac care team with information and tools necessary to effect change on both the state and national level. On Tuesday, attendees headed to Capitol Hill for prearranged meetings with their congressional offices.
Through advocacy efforts such as these, the ACC is shaping health policy to meet the Triple Aim of better health, better outcomes and lower cost.
Visit the highlights page below for 2014 Legislative Conference blog coverage and photos. Follow @Cardiology on Twitter and search #ACCLegConf to see what attendees had to say.