Society Leaders Climb the Hill, Come Down with Contacts, Connections, Influence
With a contentious election just weeks away, Society leaders hit Capitol Hill to address issues including advance care planning and the three-day inpatient stay requirement. “We had several goals going in, and we accomplished a lot,” says Society public policy consultant lobbyist Susan Emmer. She observed that in addition to discussing key issues, participants were successful in helping to ensure that Congressional members and staff understand who medical directors and other post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) clinicians are, what they do, and how the Society and its members can serve as resources and advocates. David Nace, MD, CMD, Society Board of Directors member from Pennsylvania, met with staff in three of his representatives’ offices, and he was pleased with the results. “They all seemed interested in hearing our viewpoints, especially when they realized that our priority is ensuring the best, most efficient quality of care for the nation’s elders and others in PALTC facilities,” he says.