Summer 2018 Advocacy Update

By Michael Main posted 07-24-2018 14:08


1.pngAs you know by now, ASE was able to maintain representation in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates!  I want to extend an enormous “Thank you” for all your help ensuring that echo’s voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, and coding and reimbursement.

As a member of the House of Delegates ASE:

  • Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA.
  • Has full delegate status which provides ASE with representation before the AMA Current Procedural Terminology Panel (CPT) and the AMA Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC)

ASE delegates, Dr. Peter Rahko and Dr. Kameswari Maganti, represented ASE in the AMA’s annual House of Delegates (HOD). While no echo specific resolutions were considered, there were numerous resolutions that may interest you. The HOD adopted resolutions to address the opioid crisis,  narrow networks, electronic medical records, physician burnout, direct to consumer testing, increased prevalence of private equity firms/venture capital firms acquiring a majority and/or controlling state in physician practices, and recommendations to shorten the MIPS reporting period from 12 months to 90 days.  Again, it was your commitment to these issues that helped ASE to participate in the AMA’s HOD!


Keeping Our Eyes on Individual States Changing Scopes of Practice

Last month, ASE was notified that Mississippi’s Board of Nursing was considering addressing the question of “is it within the scope of practice of a CRNA to insert a TEE probe?” ASE adamantly opposed this change and immediately forwarded all the communication that we sent out to members in South Carolina when a similar issue arose a few years ago. We also sent our guidelines and the SC ruling rejecting that request. Several other organizations were also very active in opposing this change in Mississippi, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Cardiology.

Unfortunately, under Mississippi regulations, this change in scope is actually viewed as a “policy change,” and therefore it does not have to go before any other board, or even have to undergo regulatory review.

If you hear of any proposals like this being considered, please notify Irene Butler at ibutler@asecho.orog.

Happy Birthday NHLBI

3.pngAdditionally, ASE was proud to be one of the sponsors of a congressional reception to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Susan Mayer represented ASE at this event, which took place in Washington D.C. on June 28th. The NHLBI plans, conducts, and supports research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases, and sleep disorders. The Institute also administers national health education campaigns on women and heart disease, healthy weight for children, and other topics.

Again, thank you for all you do. I will work to keep you updated as we are always advocating for Echo!