Joseph Tartaglia, MD, FACC

NYACC’s delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)

Michael J. Wolk, MD, MACC

NYACC’s Interspecialty Committee Representative for the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)

Advocacy

Whether it is sending an email to members of Congress, hosting lawmakers at a practice visit, or going to Washington D.C. as part of the annual Legislative Conference, there are many ways for you to be an effective advocate.

Note: The New York State Chapter relies upon its Government Relations Committee and its close association with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and other New York State Specialty Society in order to monitor legislative and regulatory activities and the initiation of grassroots lobbying efforts

2/23/2017 – Cardiac Rehab Bill Introduced in the House

Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and John Lewis (D-GA), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently reintroduced legislation – H.R. 1155 – that would expand access to cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) by allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to supervise cardiac, intensive cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs.

The ACC worked with the American Heart Association to get this legislation reintroduced. “Cardiac rehab can be a vital component of a patient’s recovery from a heart attack, heart surgery or for management of heart failure. Supervision requirements for cardiac rehab are currently more stringent than other outpatient services; this negatively impacts access for our patients in areas with physician shortages and drives up costs for these programs,” said ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC.

“If enacted, this legislation will allow the cardiovascular community’s well-qualified advanced practice providers to provide the day-to-day supervision of cardiac rehab and help us meet the needs of our patients. We thank Rep. Jenkins and Rep. Lewis for their leadership and commitment.”

The ACC offers a number of ways for members to get involved in advocating for health policies that ensure continued patient access to quality, cost-effective care. For more details, visit ACC’s National Advocacy site