Congressional Visit Reporting Form

Please take a few minutes after your meetings to summarize your visits.  Please answer as many of these questions as possible and complete one form for each visit.  An accurate reporting of the contents of your meetings builds a history with each legislator, provides useful background information for follow-up meetings by ACP Washington staff, and helps us refine our legislative efforts.

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Protecting Affordable Coverage and Consumer Protections
Did your Senators/Representative agree to abandon the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and instead start over to achieve a bipartisan consensus on real reforms that will not rollback coverage and essential consumer protections, as the AHCA would do? Specifically:
Reducing Unnecessary Administrative Tasks on Physicians and Patients
Did your Senators/Representative agree to take action to reduce administrative tasks that negatively impact physicians and patients, including:
Improving the Care of Patients with Chronic Disease
Did your Senators agree to push for passage of the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), as has been introduced by the Senate Finance Committee, that includes:
Did your Representative agree to introduce companion chronic care legislation incorporating the policies below?
Funding for Workforce, Medical and Health Services Research, Public Health Initiatives
Did your Senators/Representative agree to ensure uninterrupted funding in FY 2018 for federal programs/initiatives designed to support primary care and ensure an adequate physician workforce, including:
Making Graduate Medical Education (GME) Funding More Effective
Did your Senators/Representatives agree to develop and introduce legislation to reform Graduate Medical Education to prioritize funding toward physician specialties where millions of patients lack access, including internal medicine specialists trained in comprehensive primary care, to:
  • Increase the number of GME slots by at least 3,000 per year over five years (approximately 15,000 slots) for specialties facing shortages, including internal medicine, as contained in the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017, H.R. 2267.
  • Combine DGME and IME into a single, more functional payment program, and broaden the GME financing structure to include all payers.
  • Allocate GME funds transparently and to activities that further the educational mission of teaching and training residents/fellows with input from practicing clinicians and in collaboration with their professional organizations.
Reducing Prescription Drug Costs
Did your Senators/Representative agree to include the following policies as part of the effort to reauthorize the FDA Reauthorization Act, which expires in September, 2017:
Promoting Continued Action to Address the Epidemic of Opioid Use
Did your Senators/Representatives agree to continue to fund opioid and substance use treatment programs at levels authorized by previously enacted legislation, as noted below, and oppose any effort to strike current-law protections to treat opioid use?
  • Fully fund the $180 million authorized under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) for FY2018, and the additional $500 million for FY2018 as called for under the 21st Century Cures Act.
  • Reject allowing states to waive the current-law requirement that Medicaid and insurers cover substance use disorder treatment and that large employers include such coverage, as proposed by the American Health Care Act.
Reforming our Medical Liability System
Did your Senators/Representative agree to enact reforms to our medical liability system to improve patient safety and reduce costs by passing legislation that: