AMA National Advocacy Conference 2018
The American Medical Association (AMA) National Advocacy Conference was held on February 12-14, 2018 in Washington DC, which brought together physicians, industry experts, political insiders and members of Congress. 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. The AMA president, president-elect, and the chair of the Board of Trustees shared their perspectives on the issues they address daily. Senior advocacy staff from the AMA also provided an overview of the organization’s priority issues. Discussion continued with a panel of congressional staff. 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– equally divided between Democrats and Republicans who are committed to forging bi-partisan cooperation on key issues.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, provided an insightful overview of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Year 2 and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). CMS is working on developing more advanced APMs. CMS 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.