Legislative Conference agenda

Review the 2016 Legislative Conference agenda below.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

2:30–4:00 Registration - Ballroom Foyer
3:30–3:40  Welcome Remarks - Ballroom Foyer

Opening Session - Ballroom
Legislative, Policy and Political Overview: Outlook and Environment
With a new Administration and Congress quickly approaching, legislators will have several issues to address before December 31st. Working with the AADA’s outside advocacy consultants, attendees will hear about the current political landscape to better understand the timing of the AADA’s advocacy activities and what to expect from Congress after Election Day.

Shawn Friesen, Director, Legislative, Political and Grassroots Advocacy, AADA Advocacy and Policy

Shannon Finley and Denise Henry Morrisey, Capitol Counsel LLC


Breakout Session 

  • Advocacy 101: Introduction to the Legislative Process
    Participants will receive a crash course on the legislative process and learn about successful advocacy strategies to influence lawmakers and increase their effectiveness as active advocates for the specialty.

    Barbara Greenan, Senior Director, AADA Advocacy and Policy
    Denise Henry Morrisey, Capitol Counsel LLC

  • How to Make an Impact: Managing Political Relationships
    Pierce Room
    This session will help participants explore additional tactics to advance their political message and build stronger relationships with elected officials in their respective home district. (Participants have been contacted in advance of the conference.)

    Shawn Friesen, Director, Legislative, Political and Grassroots Advocacy, AADA Advocacy and Policy
    Shannon Finley, Capitol Counsel LLC
 5:30–6:00  Mentorship Connection - Ballroom
 6:00–7:00  Welcome Reception - Crystal Room
 7:00–9:00  Dinner and Keynote Address - Willard Room
 Guest Speaker, Jim Lehrer, Former PBS NewsHour anchor 

Monday, Sept. 12, 2015

Networking Breakfast - Ballroom
Welcome Comments - Ballroom

Morning sessions - Ballroom

The Timing of Your Advocacy: Overview of Legislative Asks
Attendees will receive an in-depth overview of the key messages they will be delivering during their Capitol Hill meetings and hear from the AADA lobbying team about the current political landscape around each issue, the top three points to convey, and the toughest questions they may receive from legislators and their staff.

Bruce Brod, MD, FAAD Chair, AADA Congressional Policy Committee
Blake McDonald, Manager, Congressional Policy, AADA Advocacy and Policy
Christine O’Connor, Associate Director, Congressional Policy, AADA Advocacy and Policy
Michelle Mathy, Assistant Director, Political and Congressional Affairs, AADA Advocacy and Policy


From Volume to Value: Demystifying the Changing Physician Payment Landscape
Last year Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), eliminating Medicare’s failed sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula. The legislation also details the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) intent to move 80 percent of providers into Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPs) by 2018. This session will explore CMS’ implementation plans and discuss the AADA’s advocacy efforts to ensure dermatologists succeed as Medicare moves from a pay-for-volume to a pay-for-value system.

Leslie Stein Lloyd, JD, Director, Regulatory & Payment Policy
Mark Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, AADA Board of Directors
Sabra Sullivan, MD, FAAD, Chair, AADA Council on Government Affairs, Health Policy and Practice

10:20–10:30  Break - Ballroom Foyer

Educational Breakout Session 1 (Participants will break into small groups)

  • Group 1: Pierce Room
    Barriers Impacting Patients' Access to Dermatologic Treatments
    Rising health care costs and an outdated and burdensome regulatory system threaten patients’ access to dermatologic care and effective treatments. This session will explore drivers that have led to overall access problems, their impact on physician’s ability to adequately treat patients and how our legislative asks begin to address these issues on Capitol Hill.

    Jack Resneck, MD, FAAD, AADA Patient Access and Payer Relations Committee
    Kristi Schmitt Burr, President, Coalition of Skin Diseases
    Shadi Kourosh, MD, FAAD, AAD Patient Advocacy Task Force

  • Group 2: Crystal Room
    All Policy is Local, too: Advocating for Patients at Every Level
    Participants will learn about policy issues affecting patients and dermatologists at the state level and learn what works when trying to influence legislation in their states. Panel speakers will focus on state trends around step therapy and how to navigate scope of practice challenges using the dermatology care team model. In addition, participants will hear about what to expect during the 2017 state legislative sessions.

    Kelley Redbord, MD, FAAD, Chair, AADA State Policy Committee
    Amy Prentice, State Government Relations Manager, National Psoriasis Foundation
    Robert Brodell, MD, FAAD, AAD Dermatology Care Team Implementation Work Group
11:30–11:45  Break / Lunch Buffet - Ballroom Foyer

Political Luncheon - Ballroom

Politics Matters: Understanding the Power of Political Involvement
Larry Green, MD, FAAD, Chair, SkinPAC

2016 Election Forecast
Political analyst Charlie Cook

1:15–1:20  Break 

Education Breakout Session 2 (Participants will alternate from morning session)

  • Group 1: Crystal Room
    All Policy is Local, too: Advocating for Patients at Every Level
  • Group 2: Pierce Room
    Barriers Impacting Patients' Access to Dermatologic Treatments
2:20-2:35 Break - Ballroom Foyer
2:35–3:15  Legislative Address - Ballroom
U.S Representative Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-08)
Member, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health


Final Capitol Meeting Preparation - Ballroom
Attendees will receive their meeting schedules and group assignments for Tuesday, go over the dos & dont’s of the visit and devise a strategic plan for executing successful meetings.

Christopher Kush, CEO, Soapbox Consulting

4:30–5:00  Mentorship Connection - Ballroom
6:15–8:30  SkinPAC Donor Dinner (Invite only)
The Hamilton DC
600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Special Guest, TBD

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

7:00–8:30  Breakfast - Ballroom
Capitol Hill Visit Review and Q&A 
9:00–5:00  Capitol Hill Meetings 

The AADA has reserved a room at the Capitol Hill Club (300 First St SE, Washington, D.C.) all day Tuesday. Attendees may use the Club, conveniently located on Capitol Hill, as a base of operations between Congressional meetings.

**Buses to the Capitol Hill Club will depart from the Willard InterContinental every 15 minutes from 7:30 – 10:00 AM. Participants should bring luggage from the Willard InterContinental and store it at the Club.

Food and beverage will be available throughout the day.

Academy staff will be stationed at the Club to answer questions, provide additional information, and obtain feedback to ensure that there is appropriate Capitol Hill follow-up after congressional visits.