2014 ASA Legislative Conference
What is the Legislative Conference?
The ASA Legislative Conference is the specialty’s largest meeting focusing on state and federal legislative, regulatory and political issues impacting ASA and anesthesiology. This important conference will prepare ASA members to engage effectively in the legislative, regulatory and political processes on behalf of the specialty.
The 2014 ASA Legislative Conference Program Agenda (Tentative - Subject to Change)
This year's featured speakers include:
- Representative Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), the first Anesthesiologist ever elected to Congress
- Representative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN-01), Co-Chair of the House Doctors Caucus
- Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-01), Member, House Veterans Affairs Committee
- Larry J. Sabato, Ph.D. of "Sabato's Crystal Ball" to Give Insight on the 2014 Mid-Term Elections.
- Kate Goodrich, M.D., MHS, Director, Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group - Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The conference registration fee is $275 ($100 for residents) for each participant. Registration is available to ASA members who apply through their State Component.
There is no limit on the number of registrants from each State Component. A limited number of practice manager registrants will also be accepted on the basis of applications through the Anesthesia Administration Assembly (AAA) only.
Currently the block of hotel rooms that was reserved for conference registrants at the J.W. Marriott Hotel HAS BEEN SOLD OUT. There may still be rooms available but not at a discounted rate.
Those attending may contact the hotel directly at (202) 393-2000 to check availability.
Appointments for Wednesday’s Capitol Hill Visits
Appointments should be made personally by attendees and as soon as possible through the Congressional office. Do not wait until arrival in D.C. to attempt to make an appointment with Congressional staff.
It is strongly recommended that attendees work with their fellow attendees from the Component to make assignments for individual offices. If an attendee in the Component knows a particular lawmaker’s staff or is the ASA “Key Contact” for that office, he or she should make the appointment. Otherwise, attendees should make appointments for Member of Congress’ offices in their congressional delegation. A State Component leader or appropriate “Key Contact” should be tasked with setting up the meeting with the U.S. Senate offices.
Asking staff to make appointments is strongly discouraged. Allowing State Component administrative personnel or group administrative personnel to make appointments only furthers the perception -- however erroneous -- that physicians are aloof and think of themselves as “above” working with Congressional staff. Individual physician anesthesiologists should make their own appointments. Attendees should call the scheduler or health aide to request the meeting. They should then perform all the necessary follow-up until the meeting is confirmed.
Senate Staff Contact Information
House Staff Contact Information
Can I Make Hill Appointments for Tuesday?
Making appointments for visits on days other than Wednesday is strongly discouraged. Past experience tell us that missing important parts of the Tuesday program can adversely impact the quality and effectiveness of the presentations made during the lobbying visits on Wednesday and locally. Important information to use as part of the presentations may be missed. Additionally, when our speakers are invited to appear before our group, they are told that they will be speaking in front of 400 or more anesthesiologists and practice managers. Attending meetings while the Tuesday program is taking place, leaving the meeting for other reasons, or even lingering in the foyer reduces the size of our audience often upsetting our speakers. One year, due to attendees leaving during the program, a prominent health care policymaker spoke to less than 150 attendees instead of the promised 400 attendees. The speaker felt misled by ASA staff.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Sessions approved for CME credit will be noted on the agenda when it becomes available.
Leadership Spokesperson Training Program
Join us in a Leadership Spokesperson Training Program session! Learn techniques and skills to deliver the important When Seconds Count™ messages to policyholders and the media-so they know the important role physician anesthesiologists play in physician-led, patient–centered care.
Saturday, May 3, 9-12 a.m.
Saturday, May 3, 1 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 9-12 a.m.
Sunday, May 4, 1-4 p.m.
Monday, May 5, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. FULL
NOTE: To RSVP, please send your preferred training date and time to Jamie Reid, ASA communications assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by April 25.
Any questions on ASA’s upcoming Legislative Conference can be directed to ASA Senior Grassroots Program Administrator Pat Daly at (202) 289-2222.
(NOTE: Based upon the availability of speakers, as well as the ongoing development of the 2014 ASA Legislative Conference program, all content is subject to change. Issue Documents will be posted as soon as possible)