Both the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Health Care Association will host major meetings in the coming week. For ALFA, it's the group's annual meeting, which will take place from Monday through Thursday in Phoenix. AHCA will entertain members on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington for the group's annual Capitol Hill briefing.
Top leaders and members of the American Health Care Association are setting final plans for the group's annual "Congressional Briefing." The gathering will take place May 20-21 in Washington, where providers will be encouraged to meet their federal lawmakers face-to-face to discuss important policy issues. Attendees will receive issue updates from AHCA staffers and key members of Congress, and hear from keynote speaker Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Washington Post.
Observation stay legislation and preventing more reimbursement cuts are at the top of the list of those visiting lawmakers.
Members of the American Health Care Association will be spending the next week preparing their best lobbying pitches in advance of the group's "Capitol Hill Fly-in" event June 3-4. The Congressional Briefing attempts to have providers from as many states as possible press AHCA's points of emphasis with their respective lawmakers. Proposals about the "Doc fix," bad debt provisions, observation stay rules and Medicaid provider assessments will be hot topics. There also will be an opportunity to earn continuing education credits and hear top-name speakers, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and investigative reporter Bob Woodward, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT).
On the eve of a scheduled repeal vote on the Affordable Care Act, American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living members will visit lawmakers during their 2012 Congressional Briefing on July 9 and 10. Congressmen scheduled to speak are Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA). The featured speaker is Atlantic Media's Political Director Ronald Brownstein. Apart from visits to Capitol Hill, events will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The official sponsor of the event is Medline.