AAEM & AAEM/RSA Health Policy in Emergency Medicine Symposium & Advocacy Day

Travel to Capitol Hill: Meet Representatives & Discuss Policy Issues


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Registration Rate: FREE for AAEM members who are U.S. Citizens

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June 11, 2018

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.

Tentative Topics and Objectives


Welcoming Remarks
Haig Aintablian


Trump Healthcare: What Actually Changed
Megan Healy, MD FAAEM

  1. Understand the changes in healthcare that have occurred under the Trump Administration.
  2. Compare these changes to healthcare under the Obama Administration.


Retrospective Denial of Claims by Insurance Companies/Prudent Layperson
John Holstein

  1. Understand the basic principles of Retrospective Denial of Claims.
  2. Define the Prudent Layperson Standard.


Due Process Rights for Physicians


Changing EM Landscape: Standalone EDs
Cedric Dark, MD MPH FAAEM

  1. Understand the basic concepts of Standalone EDs.
  2. Review current changes in the healthcare climate that are leading to increased Standalone EDs.




Surprise Bills, Out-of-Network Fee Caps, and Balance Billing
Andy Walker III, MD FAAEM

  1. Define Out-of-Network Fee Caps.
  2. Understand the basic principles of Balance Billing.


CMGs Running Residencies
Howard Blumstein, MD FAAEM; David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM; Robert M. McNamara, MD MAAEM FAAEM; Lisa A. Moreno-Walton, MD MS MSCR FAAEM; Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM

  1. Review recent events regarding CMGs running residency programs.
  2. Understand the pros and cons of CMGs running residency programs.


How to Ensure that Emergency Care is a Central Focus of Policy
Cedric Dark, MD MPH FAAEM; Terrence Mulligan, DO MPH FAAEM

  1. Review potential policy issues that may affect Emergency Care.
  2. Understand varying perspectives regarding emergency medicine and health policy.


Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Hilton Garden Inn
2201 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037
Telephone: +1-202-974-6010


June 12, 2018

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 


Looking for more ways to be involved?

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

Listen to the AAEM Legal & Policy Issues in Emergency Medicine: Policy Prescriptions® edition podcast on the Congressional Elective and AAEM and AAEM/RSA advocacy efforts.



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