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.

Left to right: Rebecca Dean, Dr. Ed Shearin, Judy DeVito and Dr. Michael TebeloffMaryland Psychological Association attendees in the Hart Building atrium between meetings. Left to right, Rebecca Dean, Dr. Ed Shearin, Judy DeVito and Dr. Michael Tebeloff.

 

Left to right, Dr. Bruce Nystrom, Dr. David Hill, Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs, Dr. Aaron Harris, Moran, Dr. Jason Deselms and Dr. Monica KuryloProud 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.

 

Left to right: Greg Sutherland, Dr. Jane Blackwell, Dr. Chris Wehl, Dr. Nanci Klein, Dr. A.J. Metz and Dr. Karen Cone-UemuraGreg 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.

 

Left to right: Dr. Timothy Blaney, Dr. ShawnPowell, Dr. Esther Saville, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Dr. Hollis Hackman and Larry BiggioSen. 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.

 

Left to right: Dr. Mera Kachgal, Dr. Daniel Christensen, Dr. Trisha Stark, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jackee Kirschbaum, Dr. Seymour Gross, Dr. Tabitha Grier-Reed and Dr. Zacharia WhiteMinnesota 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.

 

Left to right: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Dr. Matthew Doppler, Jeff Cook of APAPO, Bonnie Staiger and Kipp PietrantonioSen. 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.

 

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.)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.).

 

Conference attendees in debriefing with Government Relations Office staffAfter a busy day of meetings, conference attendees participated in a debriefing with Government Relations Office staff.