NACHC P & I week is finally here and we are ready to welcome thousands of Community Health Center CEOs, providers, and consumer leaders to our Nation’s Capital. So what does P& I have in store for forum attendees this week? Below are a few highlights but make sure to check out the program for more great events all week long. BTW, have you downloaded that NACHC P & I app so you can create your own conference plan?
It’s no secret the budget climate in Washington has presented health centers with both challenges and opportunities. At Wednesday’s opening session we will get down to business as NACHC leaders review the current, ever changing political landscape and its impact on health centers. At the session NACHC will also share its policy priorities for 2013 including: Health center funding, the future of Medicaid and other Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage expansions, support for clinical workforce and access to low-cost capital financing. This session will provide attendees with information they can use to maximize their visits with Members of Congress and their staff.
On Thursday morning forum attendees will hear from congressional scholars, Thomas E. Mann, PhD, and Norman J. Ornstein, PhD as they discuss their book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. Mann and Ornstein will be signing books following the breakfast so if you have a copy bring it or you can purchase one that morning at the conference. We’ll also be honoring health center leaders who have done outstanding work in grassroots advocacy.
Friday’s general session will offer updates on plans and challenges ahead in health care delivery and major issues of importance to the Federal Health Centers Program. Guest speakers include:
- Mary Wakefield, PhD, Administrator, HHS Health Resources and Services Administration
- Chiquita W. Brooks-LaSure, Deputy Director, Policy and Regulations, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Finally, don’t forget that you can follow this blog and @NACHC on Twitter for information and updates throughout the conference. Join our Twitter conversation by using the #NACHCpi hashtag. Check out page seven of your program to find out how you can win great prizes using Twitter and feel free to come by the social media booth to say hello or if you need any help with Tweeting.
See you soon!