FMCC Agenda

Monday, April 7

Registration – Renaissance Foyer

7:00 – 8:30am                       
Breakfast – Renaissance Foyer
Tables will have signs with state names to facilitate introductions and coordination of Congressional visits. Please sit with others from your state.

7:45 – 8:00 am                       
Welcome & Opening Remarks – Renaissance Ballroom

  • Daniel Derksen, MD, FAAFP - Chair, AAFP Commission on Government Advocacy
  • Mary Nolan Hall, MD - Chair, Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC)

8:00 – 8:30am                        
Breakfast with Legislator – Renaissance Ballroom

  • Introduction: Jeff Cain, MD, AAFP Board Chair
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)

8:30 – 9:30am            
First Plenary: Medicaid and Primary Care – Renaissance Ballroom
This discussion will cover how the Affordable Care Act has changed the Medicaid program, especially in terms of primary care services.
Issue Paper: Increased Medicaid Payment for Primary Care(2 page PDF)
Medicaid Parity Fact Sheet(2 page PDF)

  • Moderator: Jason Dees, DO
  • Steven Cha, MD – Chief Medical Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Kathleen Nolan - Director of State Policy & Programs, National Association of Medicaid Directors
  • Kim Brandt, JD - Chief Oversight Counsel, Senate Finance Committee Staff

9:30 – 9:45am                        

9:45 – 10:45am          
Second Plenary: Workforce Development – Renaissance Ballroom
This session will focus on the innovated Teaching Health Center program, which supports family medical training.
Issue Paper: Teaching Health Center Reauthorization(2 page PDF)

  • Moderator: Daniel Derksen, MD
  • Sophie Kasimow, JD - ‎Staff Director,  U.S. Senate HELP Committee, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
  • Fitzhugh Mullan, MD - Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University

10:45 – 11:45am        
Third Plenary: Graham Center – Renaissance Ballroom 
Making the Case: Family Medicine for America's Health
Issue Paper: Investment in Primary Care Workforce and Health Services Research Will Pay off for America(2 page PDF)

  • Moderator: Heidi Duncan, MD
  • Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH – Director, Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care

11:45am - 12:00pm      

12:00 - 1:30pm        
Lunch with Health Care Policy Expert – Renaissance Ballroom    

  • Introduction: Robert Wergin, MD, AAFP President-Elect
  • Dan Elling, Senior Policy Advisor - Alston & Bird, LLP

1:30 - 1:45pm          
FamMedPAC – Renaissance Ballroom

A brief update on how AAFP’s federal political action committee is giving family medicine a “seat at the table” as Congress discusses health care issues.

  • Randy Wexler, MD – Chair, FamMedPAC Board of Directors
  • Mark V. Cribben, JD – Director, FamMedPAC

1:45 - 2:00pm          

2:00 - 3:30pm          
Skill Development Breakout Sessions

New Advocates – Renaissance Ballroom
All first-time attendees will get an overview of lobbying and advocacy messaging.

  • Stephanie Vance - Principal Advocacy Associates

Resources for Advocacy Success – Meeting Room 2
Experienced advocates will learn where to find resources to support our legislative and regulatory recommendations and to help understand the legislator’s record.

  • Darryl Drevna - Legislative Director, Polsnelli
  • Matther Burke, MD - Faculty Physician, MedStar Health and Chair, Governmental Advocacy Committee, Maryland Academy of Family Physicians
  • Gordana Krkic - Deputy Executive Vice President of External Affairs/Vice President of Government Relations, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

Preventing Partisan Pitfalls – Meeting Room 3
This workshop session will help you understand how to communicate with legislators and staff regardless of party affiliation.

  • Julius W. Hobsen - Senior Policy Advisor, Polsinelli

Maintaining Relationships – Meeting Room 4
Experienced advocates will learn how to continue their efforts and keep up their relationships after the conference is over.

  • Rikki Amos - Director, U.S. Public Affairs Practice, Public Affairs Council

3:45 - 4:30pm          
Pulling it All Together – Renaissance Ballroom
This session will present the key family medicine “asks” – Medicaid parity, Teaching Health Centers, and Appropriations for Primary Care Training and Research and advise you on connecting them to your story.  In addition, we may touch on other major issues that may be brought up in your Congressional visits -- Medicare payment reform and GME reform.
Issue Paper: Medicare Physician Payment Reform(2 page PDF)
Issue Paper: Modernizing Primary Care Graduate Medical Education (2 page PDF)

  • Introduction: Tricia Elliott, MD
  • Stephanie Vance - Principal, Advocacy Associates

4:30 - 5:00pm          
State Delegation Planning – Renaissance Ballroom                                      

5:30 - 6:30pm          
Reception – Renaissance Foyer

  • Introduction: Reid Blackwelder, MD, AAFP President
  • Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, April 8

8:00 am                      
Breakfast – Renaissance Foyer

9:15 am                      
Depart for Congressional Offices

Please use the prepaid Metro card you received at registration to travel to Capitol Hill from the Metro Center Metro Station.  If you are going to the Senate side of Capitol Hill, use the Red line to Union Station; if you are going to the House side, use the Blue and Orange lines to the Capitol South station.