The Massachusetts Delegation included representatives from all over the state and from all disciplines of cardiovascular medicine. The Delegation of sixteen, met with Senators, representatives, and their legislative staffs to promote local issues, as well as the ACC key messages:
- fund medical research;
- ease administrative burdens and improve patient care; and
- collaborate across party lines on cardiovascular priorities like the Quality Payment Program, Children's Health Insurance Program, team-based care, and more.
The Massachusetts Delegation meet with Senator Edward Markey, as well as his Legislative Assistants.
During the immersive three-day advocacy training, participants engaged in discussions around ways to reduce administrative burden and successfully navigate advanced payment models. ACC Advocacy Staff also provided a closer look at the potential impacts of proposed regulatory changes. Educational sessions also focused on innovative approaches to state advocacy, effectively using social media, and the importance of sharing personal stories to drive home advocacy messages – and how to do that well.
Collaboration was a common theme throughout the conference as well and was an important element of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and their staff. The Massachusetts Delegation included cardiovascular professionals spanning the entire field of cardiology, including Fellows in Training, Cardiovascular Team members, Women in Cardiology (WIC) members, and others. The combined voices helped to showcase the variety of challenges facing both the profession and patients.