ACOG Government Affairs: Looking Back at 2014 and Ahead to 2015
ACOG Government Affairs had a busy 2014. During the final year of the 113th Congress, ACOG came closer than ever to the repeal of Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, defended the patient/physician relationship against legislative interference, and laid the groundwork for extending the Medicaid primary care payment increase to include ob-gyns.
ACOG won passage of several key pieces of legislation, including:
ACOG also briefed Congress on many topics, including reproductive health and the environment, ob-gyns as primary care providers, and maternal opioid dependency.
The beginning of 2015 brings with it a new Congress and a plethora of opportunities for ACOG. We are gearing up for our biggest-ever Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC) in March, and we anticipate many changes with the start of the 114th Congress’ Republican-controlled House and Senate.
ACOG will continue our hard work on issues like the SGR and primary care payment bump, and we will continue to push for legislation that addresses emerging issues such as neonatal abstinence syndrome/maternal opioid dependency and the environment and reproductive health. Finally, building off the strong foundation established in the 113th Congress, ACOG will push for real progress on graduate medical education, ACOG President Dr. John Jennings’ presidential initiative and the top “ask” at this year’s CLC.