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 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.
A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for conference registrants at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20004. The block is under the name of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and covers rooms from May 2-8, 2014. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at (202) 393-2000.
A special rate of $352 is available until the room block closes on April 5, 2014. Each registrant is responsible for his or her own hotel arrangements. Hotel reservations can be made online.
Once this block is sold out or closed, rooms at the special negotiated rate are no longer available. Questions or issues with hotel reservation can be directed to Marcia Perzyna of the ASA staff or by calling (847) 268-9120.
The 2014 ASA Legislative Conference Schedule:
Conference registration check in will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 5. Monday's program will include the Newcomers Session: Advocacy Overview and Capitol Hill Basics, presentation starting at 2 p.m., followed by a new Interactive State Advocacy Workshop at 3 p.m. which will include a topical issues panel on scope of practice, as well as a panel highlighting state advocacy skills. The Conference Welcome Reception will occur from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday's program is scheduled to begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. followed by a program of speakers, lunch at noon featuring special guest, political pundit Larry Sabato, and additional speakers and programs until 5:00 p.m. The ASAPAC Donor Thank You Reception concludes the day.
Wednesday's program opens with a continental breakfast to be followed by a brief program of speakers. Attendees will then travel to Capitol Hill for visits to Congressional offices.
A detailed Conference agenda will be available as soon as possible prior to the start of the Conference.
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.
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)