Laura Ross PA-C, AACC
Almost 500 cardiovascular professionals marched on Capitol Hill in Washington DC November 5th. We had the opportunity to meet with house representatives and state senators to discuss the 4 talking points supported by the ACC, as well as bills that would help turn these into a reality. It was an amazing experience to advocate for these important issues alongside cardiologists, administrators, NPs, and fellows. Proud to represent PAs and to be a voice for providing more effective and efficient patient care, hope you can join us next year!
1. Exercise oversight of issues that contribute to administrative burden such as prior authorizations, make these more transparent and easier to navigate.
2. Eliminate barriers to innovative care (anti-kickback and Stark Laws), which will encourage participation in alternative payment models. Encourage value not volume-based payment models.
3. Increase access to cardiac rehabilitation so that advanced practice providers can order and supervise cardiac rehab in 2020.
4. Improve heart health. Increase the age of Tobacco use to 21, prohibit on-line sales, and restrict flavored electronic cigarettes. Also promote more funding to the CDC and NIH to study patients of South Asian Descent as they are 4 times as likely to have cardiovascular disease, and onset is 10 years earlier than other populations.