Colorado Medical Society

AMA advocacy conference

Thursday, March 01, 2018 12:22 PM

The American Medical Association (AMA) National Advocacy Conference was held Feb. 12-14, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and brought together physicians from around the country, industry experts, political insiders and members of Congress to discuss the latest health care issues. Colorado had a strong showing, with most areas of the state represented by their respective physicians, and these physician delegates had the opportunity to meet with all members of the Colorado congressional delegation or their key health policy staff.

During the group-session portion of the conference, AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, and senior advocacy staff unveiled the 2018 advocacy agenda:

Keynote speakers included Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker and No. 1 bestselling author, and Chris Wallace, an award-winning journalist and host of Fox News Sunday. Attendees also heard from Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) – cofounders of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group in Congress that includes approximately 40 members from both parties who are committed to forging bipartisan solutions.

Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director and chief medical officer of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, provided an overview of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Year 2 and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). The federal CMS is working on developing more advanced APMs. The agency has also made efforts to simplify the data submission portal for MIPS by giving immediate feedback to users and allowing multiple opportunities to submit data.

Interested in federal advocacy? Save the date for the 2019 AMA National Advocacy Conference, Feb. 11-13, 2019, and contact your component society staff or CMS’s Dianna Fetter at for opportunities to attend on behalf of your region.