Earlier this week, Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), who is Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Health Subcommittee, spent some time at the Key Whitman Eye Center in Dallas. While there, the Congressman met with ASCRS members Jeffrey Whitman, MD, and Edward Hurst, MD, as well as ASOA members Dan Chambers, Bill Koch (administrator of Texas Retina Associates), and Matt Chapman—who presented him with an ASCRS eyePAC check for his multi-candidate PAC. Rep. Burgess, himself a physician, does not accept PAC money for his own campaign.
As all effective advocates should, the ASCRS and ASOA eyeContacts took advantage of the one-on-one time with their Representative to discuss important issues affecting ophthalmology, including the use of step therapy and prior authorization in treating patients, separate payment under Medicare Part B for FDA-approved drugs with post-operative indications, and maintaining MIPS and a Medicare fee-for-service option. The doctors and administrators at Key Whitman have developed a relationship with Rep. Burgess over the years, and he values their input when it comes to healthcare policymaking.
ASCRS ASOA eyeContacts are engaged with elected officials in their communities. Whether it be discussing issues with their Senator while hand-delivering an eyePAC check on behalf of the society, inviting their Representative to visit their practice, hosting a fundraiser for a key candidate, or simply responding to an ASCRS grassroots action alert, eyeContacts are active to the extent that suits their availability and comfort level.
If you would like to join ASCRS and ASOA members like those at Key Whitman and become an eyeContact, please contact Tami O’Brien, manager of PAC and grassroots, at email@example.com.