Federal Issues - Other Initiatives Archive - 2011

AACOM Staff Attends Emerging Health Care Leaders Event

On 9/28/11, AACOM Government Relations and Medical Education staff attended the POLITICO’s Emerging Health Care Leaders event, at which Richard Gilfillan, MD, Acting Director, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator, Health Information Technology, HHS; and congressional and committee staff presented. Politico reporters, Matt DoBias, Jennifer Haberkorn, and Joanne Kenen, each held one-on-one discussions with the featured guests, focusing on the impact of the ongoing debt negotiations on health care reform and health care delivery systems. View the live video at

AACOM GR Staff Participates in Consumer Consortium on eHealth

On 8/9/11, AACOM’s Government Relations staff participated in the National eHealth Collaborative’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth, in Washington, DC. The program featured remarks from Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT), on ONC's plans for consumer engagement and how the Consortium can get involved, as well as interactive working sessions to develop and refine plans for consumer outreach and engagement.

The meeting brought nearly 200 organizations, who are working in a national effort to engage consumer advocates around the tools and resources available to them through advances in HIT. The Consortium is designed to serve as a collaborative forum for sharing best practices, initiatives, tools, resources, ideas, and experiences related to effective consumer engagement on health IT.

AACOM GR Staff Present to COSGP at Summer Quarterly Meeting

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) held its Summer Quarterly Meeting in July during the 2011 Annual Business Meeting of American Osteopathic Association in Chicago. Pamela Murphy, Director of Government Relations, and Mary-Lynn Bender, Senior Government Relations/Policy Specialist, provided COSGP with an in-depth overview of AACOM’s current legislative initiatives and health policy and educational priorities.
Ms. Murphy gave a detailed congressional update, describing the current political landscape in Washington, DC, and the congressional budget and appropriations process. Ms. Bender highlighted the importance of student involvement in advocacy efforts and the utilization of social media to increase these efforts. The GR team also encouraged students to apply for AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Program.

AACOM GR Staff Participates in President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Meeting

AACOM Government Relations staff participated in the recent President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) meeting, which focused on the state of physical education across the nation. PCFSN members examined and discussed model physical education programs being offered in rural, suburban, and urban school districts in the U.S. Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, and Kathryn McMurry, Senior Nutrition Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presented at the Council meeting. In conjunction with the Council meeting, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the launch of the congressionally chartered National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Foundation will support the mission of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition by encouraging funding and other resource contributions that support the work of the council. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is a committee of up to 25 volunteer citizens appointed by the President to serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of HHS. Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, PCFSN serves as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
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