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Em advocacy elsbecker

  1. 1. ACOs & How to Advocate for EM Steven Elsbecker D.O. & Casey Fox D.O. EM3 9/11/13
  2. 2. Objectives • ACOs and why you should care about them. • Why should you get involved in healthcare advocacy? • How do I get involved?
  3. 3. Why Do We Need a Change? • Fee for Service Model
  4. 4. Problems With FFS Model • Insurance companies worry about shareholders • Hospitals worry about profit margins (or just staying afloat) • Physicians worry about law suits and their 401k’s • And patients…
  5. 5. ACO Goals • Realign interests • Cost efficiency is king • Dollars saved within the system are recognized and redistributed • Physician reimbursement • Cost to patient reduced
  6. 6. How to Get Involved At the Local, State, and National level
  7. 7. Why Advocate? • ACEP Code of ethics state: • “EPs have an ethical duty to promote populations health by advocating for laws, policies and programs to improve the overall health and safety of the public” • Advocacy includes physicians day on the hill, testifying before a committee, corresponding or meeting with elected officials, drafting a bill, etc
  8. 8. Find Your Passion • Advocacy is best done when it is founded on passion • EPs are confronted daily with situations that they wish they could change • EMTALA issues, malpractice caps, reimbursement plans • Determine what you care about, and change it for the best
  9. 9. Be Informed • Once you find your passion…. • Research the subject matter • Understand you opponents views • Gun control  review NRA website and policies • Be familiar with current legislation • Understand your elected officials voting record
  10. 10. Establishing Contact • Think about it as a consult…. • Who you are • What you want them to do • Tell the story concisely • Restate your request
  11. 11. Establishing Contact • Means of establishing contact • Direct mail • Email • Telephone • Face to Face • Testifying in Committee • Social Media
  12. 12. Social Media • Use of social media allows two way traffic between officials and their voters • The use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have made access to your advocacy target easier than ever • @RepJoeHeck • @repdinatitus • @RepHorsford • @EMAdvocacy
  13. 13. Summary • Our current FFS model is unsustainable • ACOs aim to realign fiscal goals and improve efficiency and outcomes • Get involved in one of the many outlets available to us • Get involved in something that you’re passionate about • Its easier to get in touch with elected officials than you think
  14. 14. Questions? Rep Joe Heck Joy Leblanc Rep Steven Horsford Detrick Sanford Rep Dina Titus Susan Petersen

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