American Academy of Emergency Medicine

AAEM Advocacy Day

Travel to Capitol Hill: Meet Representatives & Discuss Policy Issues

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Quality Payment Program

Lemeneh Tefera MD MSc
Medical Officer-Value Based Purchasing & Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Program (MIPS)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality

Presented to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
June 14th, 2016


Dr. Lemeneh Tefera, who goes by “Tef,” received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Southern California School Of Medicine and then completed an emergency medicine residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. He continued in academic medicine where he held faculty appointments at Mount Sinai Hospital, Montefiore Hospital, and Beth Israel Medical Center- all in New York City. In addition to his urban ER clinical experience, he worked as a visiting doctor in Australia, England, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. His work abroad developed into an interest in comparative health delivery systems that inspired him to return to graduate school. At the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Tefera studied both health and behavioral economics with a keen interest in how monetary and non-monetary incentives impact provider behavior. Prior to joining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Tefera served as the Health Policy Fellow for Senator Jeanne Shaheen who sits on the Appropriations Subcommittee covering Health and Human Services. His role was as a clinical expert and advisor helping to brief the Senator on a wide range of health policy issues. At CMS, Dr. Tefera serves as a Medical Officer and policy advisor for the group that runs CMS’s value-based purchasing programs and the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS). He also leads prescription opioid policy and advises on the new sepsis measure for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). In addition to his policy work, Dr. Tefera still practices in the ER and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University.


Looking for more ways to be involved?

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


What happens on Advocacy Day?

  • 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 an opportunity 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



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