American Academy of Emergency Medicine

AAEM & AAEM/RSA Health Policy Symposium & Advocacy Day

Travel to Capitol Hill: Meet Representatives & Discuss Policy Issues


June 5, 2017

NEW: AAEM Health Policy in Emergency Medicine (HPEM) Symposium

Are you new to advocacy efforts on the Hill? Want to get your feet wet, or refresh your knowledge about health policy and advocacy?

Join AAEM & AAEM/RSA in a day of learning about health policy and political advocacy at HPEM!

  • Get an introduction to the advocacy process. No prior hill experience necessary — just knowledge of caring for patients and a passion for improving the health care system!
  • Get hands-on experience in the congressional process and what affects you as an emergency provider.
  • Hear from exciting speakers who advocate for your rights on the Hill.
  • Network and spend time with fellow AAEM and AAEM/RSA members throughout the day.

Registration is now closed.

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Introductions & Welcome Speech


  1. Understand the basics of health policy and advocacy
  2. Explain the role of AAEM within national EM health policy



Due Process


  1. To Define Due Process
  2. Understand AAEM’s position on Due Process and its implication for the emergency physician



Balance Billing/Out-of-Network Fees


  1. Define balance billing
  2. Explain potential pitfalls related to balance billing for patients receiving emergency care
  3. Understand the national legislation surrounding balance billing

Andy Walker, MD FAAEM




  1. Define the EMTALA Law
  2. Understand the impact of EMTALA on emergency medicine policy
  3. Understand current issues surrounding EMTALA and emergency medicine

Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM


Quality Standards and Measures in Emergency Medicine


  1. Understand how quality standards and practice impact the practice of emergency physicians.

Shantanu Agrawal, MD


PANEL — Emergency Medicine and the New Administration


  1. Review recent changes in legislation that affect the emergency medicine physician
  2. Understand varying perspectives regarding emergency medicine and health policy

Mike Ybarra, MD FAAEM; Megan Healy, MD FAAEM; Matthew Hoekstra

Moderated by Kevin Rodgers, MD FAAEM


AHCA/The New Health Care Law and Direction of HHS/CMS


  1. Obtain an overview of the AHCA and its effects on emergency medicine policy

Matthew Hoekstra





MACRA and Physician Reimbursement


  1. Understand the history and latest developments of MACRA and its implications on emergency medicine practice

Tim Jackson, CMS & CCSQ Representative


Open Books


  1. Understand billing and reimbursement, particularly with respect to transparency and open book policy in emergency medicine practice

Kevin Rodgers, MD FAAEM


Question & Answer/Wrap-up/Evaluations



Networking Social/Happy Hour


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


June 6, 2017

AAEM & AAEM/RSA Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill!

Take your knowledge from HPEM symposium directly to the Hill to advocate for yourself and your patients! Join us for targeted meetings with Congressional Leaders to discuss issues of importance to emergency physicians.


What can I expect?

  • Expect to meet with Members of Congress and/or senior Congressional staff that are relevant to health care policy
  • Expect to meet primarily with relevant offices in your home State’s Congressional delegation (House and Senate) 
  • You will be provided a schedule on the morning of the fly-in that lists the Members and staff you will be meeting with, their biographies, etc. 
  • Before you arrive in DC, you will be provided talking points and issues to raise during the meetings 
  • You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the meetings and materials and receive a briefing on lobbying “dos and don’ts” at the breakfast the day of the fly-in
  • You will be placed in a small group with several other fly-in participants and accompanied by a guide from Williams & Jensen, that will know their way around the Hill and take you from meeting to meeting, and will carry handouts from AAEM to leave behind at offices 
  • You will have lunch with a Member of Congress relevant to emergency medicine and health care policy 
  • You will have further opportunities to network and spend time with fellow AAEM and AAEM/RSA members throughout the day and during the debrief on Capitol Hill immediately following the day’s meetings 


Washington, DC 20004

Hotel Options

Symposium and Advocacy Day attendees must make individual travel arrangements. Below are some hotel options for you to consider when making your travel arrangements to attend. The prices may change, so please check the link for current pricing information.

Courtyard Alexandria Old Town/Southwest
2700 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia
Subway Station: Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station Yellow Line 0.6 miles

Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport
2000 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia
3 blocks from Metro

The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square Alexandria, Virginia
King Street Subway Station

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 
Metro station in lobby

Hotel Monaco
700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Directly across the street from Williams & Jensen offices

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
Subway Station: Crystal City Blue and Yellow Lines 0.1 miles


Looking for more ways to be involved?

Learn more about the AAEM/RSA Policy and Advocacy Congressional Elective.


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