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2022 Legislative Conference: Program and agenda

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Conference schedule

The conference will take place on Sunday, September 18 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Conrad Hotel in Washington, D.C. The program will contain policy-focused breakout sessions, designed to offer an in-depth understanding of how to translate the issues that affect the specialty into effective lobbying of your members of Congress on the final day of the conference. Breakout sessions will involve didactic discussions and hands-on training from a panel of health policy experts, AADA staff, and experienced member advocates.

Conference location

Conrad Hotel
950 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Sunday, September 18, 2022

2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Conference Check-in (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Welcome Remarks (Grand Ballroom CD)
The AADA hosts the Legislative Conference annually, inviting dermatologists and patient advocates from across the country to come to Washington D.C., for two and a half days of legislative briefings and advocacy.
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
The Impact of Your Advocacy – Legislative, Policy, and Political Overview
(Grand Ballroom CD)
Participants will hear firsthand about the AADA’s policy priorities and the current legislative and political landscape in Washington. This session will focus on the importance of making dermatology’s voice heard in Congress through the AADA’s advocacy efforts and how to make the most out of your time in our nation’s capital.
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Mentorship Connection (Grand Ballroom AB)

Attendees participating as mentor or mentee during the Legislative Conference will meet and discuss best practices and past experiences.
6:15 - 6:20 p.m.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception (Gallery Falling Flowers)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner (Grand Ballroom CD)
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Keynote Address – Political News and Views from Washington (Grand Ballroom CD)
Geoff Bennett, PBS News Hour, chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor

Mr. Bennett, a veteran White House and congressional correspondent, anchor, and analyst for some of the country’s leading media outlets will offer a detailed, smart, non-partisan analysis on the latest in Washington while investigating the political issues that are the source of heated debates between lawmakers and the leading stories on news programs nationwide.

Monday, September 19, 2022

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conference Check-in (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast - Mentorship Connection & Networking (Grand Ballroom CD)
Mentors and mentees are encouraged to use this opportunity to connect again while other attendees reconnect with dermatology colleagues and make new connections with dermatologists from around the country.
8:00 - 8:10 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (Grand Ballroom CD)

AADA Elizabeth K. Usher, Executive Director and CEO
8:10 - 9:00 a.m.
Overview of Legislative Asks (Grand Ballroom CD)
Get an overview of the asks, key messages you will be delivering during Capitol Hill meetings, and the current political landscape around each issue from AADA’s lobbying experts.

Carrie Davis, MD, FAAD, chair, AADA Congressional Policy Committee

Shawn Friesen, director, Legislative, Political, & Grassroots Advocacy, AADA

Christine O’Connor, associate director, Congressional Policy, AADA

Nick Beek, MPA, assistant director, Congressional Policy & Grassroots Advocacy, AADA

Jennifer Mangone, JD, manager, Congressional Policy, AADA

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Medicare Physician Payment Policy (Grand Ballroom CD)
Experts will discuss the status of Medicare physician payment, MACRA, and the outlook for positive payment adjustments for physicians in 2023 and beyond.


Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, president, AADA

Cynthia Brown, vice president, Government Affairs, American Medical Association

Jeff Carroll, partner, Capitol Counsel

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Break (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
10:15 -11:15 a.m.
Removing Barriers to Treatment and Care (Grand Ballroom CD)
A panel of experts will outline the status of legislation to remove barriers like step therapy and prior authorization that threaten patients’ access to treatments and care.

Howard Rogers, MD, FAAD, member and past chair, AADA Patient Access and Payer Relations Committee

Leah Howard, president & CEO, National Psoriasis Foundation

Jacquelyn Incerto, senior health policy advisor, Office of U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD

11:15 - 11:30 a.m
Importance of SkinPAC (Grand Ballroom CD)


George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD, chair, SkinPAC Board of Advisors

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Buffet - Mentorship Connection (Grand Ballroom CD)
Mentors and mentees are encouraged to use this opportunity over lunch to connect and discuss any questions that may arose from the morning sessions.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Address – Road Map to the 2022 Midterms (Grand Ballroom CD)
David Wasserman, The Cook Political Report, senior election analyst, and NBC contributor

David Wasserman will take a tour of 2022's hottest elections and the ever-evolving D.C. landscape. Mr. Wasserman draws from his extensive research on voting patterns and interviews with both parties' candidates and strategists to shed light on the top issues on voters' minds and forecast election outcomes in November and beyond.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Storytelling in Advocacy (Grand Ballroom CD)
Participants will learn how to share their own stories about the impact of policy issues.

Alex Gross, MD, FAAD, chair, AADA State Policy Committee

Kelly Barta, president, Coalition of Skin Diseases

Bradford Fitch, president & CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Break (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Honing Your Message & Preparing for Capitol Hill (Grand Ballroom CD)
Receive your meeting schedules and group assignments for Tuesday, review the dos & don’ts of congressional visits, and devise a strategic plan for executing successful meetings.


Christopher Kush, CEO, Soapbox
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Congressional Address (Grand Ballroom CD)
Hear from members of Congress about their work across the aisle and the future of bipartisanship. Attendees will hear about the current state of Washington and bipartisan efforts to address key issues affecting the American people.


Bruce Brod, MD, MHCI, FAAD, chair, AADA Council on Government Affairs & Health Policy

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05), co-chair, Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), co-chair, Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus

4:45 - 4:50 p.m.
Closing Remarks (Grand Ballroom CD)
Michel McDonald, MD, FAAD, chair, AADA Grassroots Advocacy Task Force
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
SkinPAC Donor Reception
La Vie
88 District Square SW 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20024

Enjoy the chance to mix and mingle with members of Congress who are champions of dermatology on both sides of the aisle. This event is open to all 2022 SkinPAC Silver, Gold, and Platinum members ($1,000+ for fellows, $100 for residents).
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
SkinPAC Platinum Donor Dinner

Officina at the Wharf
1120 Main Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

SkinPAC Platinum members will have the chance to dine in an intimate setting with our special guest, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, MD, from Kansas. Senator Marshall is a physician and business owner who practiced as an OB/GYN for more than 25 years before serving his state in Congress.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Conference Check-in (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (Grand Ballroom CD)
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Meetings (Capitol Hill)

AADA handles scheduling all meetings and will make schedules available the week prior to the conference via a mobile tool.

You may use the Capitol Hill Club, conveniently located on Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE, Washington, D.C., all day Tuesday as a base of operations between Congressional meetings. Food and beverage will be available throughout the day. Academy staff will be available to answer questions, provide additional information, and obtain feedback following congressional visits.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Buffet Lunch Served
Capitol Hill Club
300 First St. SE
Washington, D.C., 20003

Attendees are invited to enjoy lunch with their colleagues.

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