State Leadership Conference
A central part of the annual State Leadership Conference is visiting Capitol Hill to discuss psychology’s top concerns. This year, those topics included permanently repealing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate cuts and legislation that would make psychologists eligible for health information technology funding.
Maryland Psychological Association attendees in the Hart Building atrium between meetings. Left to right, Rebecca Dean, Dr. Ed Shearin, Judy DeVito and Dr. Michael Tebeloff.
Proud Kansans met with their junior senator, Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). Left to right, Dr. Bruce Nystrom, Dr. David Hill, Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs, Dr. Aaron Harris, Moran, Dr. Jason Deselms and Dr. Monica Kurylo.
Greg Sutherland, a legislative assistant to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), listens to psychology's case for permanently repealing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate cuts. Left to right, Sutherland; Dr. Jane Blackwell, Dr. Chris Wehl, Dr. Nanci Klein, Dr. A.J. Metz and Dr. Karen Cone-Uemura.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) discusses psychology's priority issues with Wyoming constituents. Left to right, Dr. Timothy Blaney, Dr. Shawn Powell, Dr. Esther Saville, Barrasso, Dr. Hollis Hackman and Larry Biggio.
Minnesota psychologists talked about the Medicare "physician" definition with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Left to right, Dr. Mera Kachgal, Dr. Daniel Christensen, Dr. Trisha Stark, Franken, Jackee Kirschbaum, Dr. Seymour Gross, Dr. Tabitha Grier-Reed and Dr. Zacharia White.
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has a laugh with constituents after spending time reviewing their concerns about health information technology and Medicare. Left to right, Conrad, Dr. Matthew Doppler, Jeff Cook of APAPO, Bonnie Staiger and Kipp Pietrantonio.
Delaware psychologists explain legislation to make psychologists eligible for incentive payments for use of health information technology. Left to right, Dr. Stephanie Traynor, Dr. Barbara Giardina, Dr. Gary Johnson, Dr. Patrick Litle, and Rachel Bird, a legislative assistant to Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).
After a busy day of meetings, conference attendees participated in a debriefing with Government Relations Office staff.