Advocacy Center

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ADVION's advocacy efforts serve to provide your organization with the policy knowledge and tools necessary to ensure that your voice is heard in the congressional health care debate with the Administration and on Capitol Hill.

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2024 Advocacy Priorities

ADVION encourages members to become involved in advocating for our current legislative and regulatory priorities – whether it's by scheduling a meeting with your elected representative, writing a letter, or making a phone call.

Reform of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is Needed Now

ADVION urges Congress to pass the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act to provide payment updates equal to the annual percentage increase in the Medicare Economic Index (MEI) beginning in 2024.  

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The Empower Act (H.R. 4878/S. 2459)

ADVION urges Congress to pass the Enabling More of the Physical and Occupational Workforce to Engage in Rehabilitation Act (EMPOWER Act) to permit "general supervision" of therapy rehabilitation assistants under Medicare Part B outpatient practices and mandate the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to undertake a study to determine the impact of the 15% payment differential imposed in 2022 for services provided in whole or in part by therapy assistants. 

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Support Digital Telehealth and Permanent Medicare Telehealth Extension

ADVION urges Congress to pass the Expanded Telehealth Access Act (H.R. 3875/S. 2880) to permanently add OTs, PTs, SLPs, rehabilitation therapy assistants, and audiologists as Medicare telehealth providers in the U.S. Code which will allow them to continue providing rehabilitation therapy services to Medicare patients via telehealth, when appropriate.

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Active campaigns

Thank Congress for 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Relief

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Additional Advocacy Issues

ADVION encourages members to learn more about our legislative and regulatory priorities.

Include LTPAC in Health IT Incentives

ADVION joins the authors of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) 2022 report in urging the federal government to provide financial incentives for health IT adoption that supports health information exchange to enhance person-centered longitudinal care in the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) sector.

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The Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage

ADVION encourage the U.S. Senate to pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021 (H.R. 3173/ S. 3018) to modernize the antiquated prior authorization (PA) process by establishing an electronic PA process, encourage MA plans to adopt PA programs that adhere to evidence-based medical guidelines in consultation with clinicians, and improve transparency by requiring MA plans to report to CMS on the extent of their use of PAs and the rate of approvals or denials.

ISSUE BRIEF 

Preserve Access to Laboratory Services

The bipartisan, bicameral Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act (SALSA – H.R. 2377, S.1000) would protect patient access to clinical laboratory testing, support investment in diagnostic innovation and strengthen the nation’s critical laboratory infrastructure by preventing drastic cuts to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) and fixing the flawed data reporting and rate setting methodology put in place by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014.

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ADVION CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS

2024 Awardee Rep. Larry Buschon (R-IN)

  • 2011: Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
  • 2012: Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
  • 2013: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • 2014: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
  • 2015: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • 2016: Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
2024 Awardee Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

  • 2017: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • 2018: Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)
  • 2020: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
  • 2021: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • 2023: Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)
  • 2024: Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
  • 2024: Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

ADVION Coalitions &
Additional Resources

ADVION is involved in a number of coalitions consisting of other similarly impacted stakeholder organizations to help amplify our messages. Additional advocacy resources are also available for our members' use..

ADVION Coalition Involvement

Observation Stays Coalition

Physician Fee Schedule Coalition

Rehabilitation Therapy Coalition

Additional Advocacy Resources

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