This week, a delegation from the Michigan State Medical Society traveled to Washington, D.C. for the American Medical Association's National Advocacy Conference (NAC). The NAC is an annual event that brings together physician advocates from across the country to meet with their respective members of congress on a range of issues impacting the medical profession and patient care. The issues that were front and center of this year's agenda included reforming prior authorization, reining in prescription drug costs, out-of-network medical billing, adequate funding for mental health services, as well as the Conrad 30 program, and the related green card backlog.
This year's Michigan delegation included MSMS President-Elect and AMA Board of Trustee Member, Bobby Mukkamala, MD; MSMS Legislation and Regulations Committee Chairman Brad Uren, MD; MSMS Board Member Nita Kulkarni, MD; Wayne County Medical Society President Salim Siddqui, MD; MSMS Board Member Amit Ghose, MD; Steven Daveluy, MD; Vahid Pasovic, MD; MSMS student member Miriam Rienstra Bareman; MSMS Chief Executive Officer Julie Novak, MSMS Senior Director of Physician Engagement and Organizational Integration Joshua Richmond and Director of State and Federal Government Relations Sarah Waun.
The group met with several members of the Michigan congressional delegation to discuss the topics at hand and how they were impacting their practice and patients back in Michigan. Much of the discussion focused on how the divided congress and the administration can find common ground, acknowledging that there is some consensus around the issues of out-of-network medical bills and the reauthorization and expansion of the Conrad 30 program.