During the meeting with Congressman McKinley’s health aide, Margie Almanza, we asked Rep. McKinley to support H.R.2513, the PACE Act, to protect access, competition and equity for physician-owned hospitals, although West Virginia is a certificate of need state.
WVOS President Brett Whitfield (from left) met with Geoffrey Hempelmann, health legislative aide for Congressman Evan Jenkins. Joining in that meeting were AAOS Councilor Greg Krivchenia and Resident Board Member Phillip Bostian. The delegation asked for Congressman Jenkins’ support on H.R. 4848, the Healthy Inpatient Procedures Act. The legislation would extend to Jan. 1, 2018, implementation of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) payment model, since the April 1, 2016, deadline was unrealistic.
WVOS Executive Director Diane Slaughter caught the state’s NOLC delegation after they left Congressman Mooney’s office. Again, the issues surrounding opioids were address with his health care legislative aide, Michelle Seger.
During a meeting with Senator Capito’s health aide, Dana Richter, the WVOS delegation asked her support of S.689/H.R.921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act to provide legal protection for traveling sports medicine professional and to allow them to practice in secondary states.
On the Senate side, the delegation met with Kate Cassling, health legislative aide for Senator Joe Manchin. We thanked her for his support of S.689/H.R.921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. The issue of opioids was raised, as well, based on the Senator’s support of Jessie’s Law and the conundrum faced by orthopaedic surgeons in prescribing opioids.