In recent years, the Advocacy Intensive has been held in the summer months to coordinate with the Congressional calendar. This year, HAN is making a strategic change and joining the Advocacy Intensive with Management and Leadership Conference when important representatives from our field will be in Washington, DC.
Registrants for the MLC Main conference can attend the Advocacy Intensive free of charge. Individuals wishing to attend only the Advocacy Intensive (and not the MLC) must register separately. MLC registrants who wish to visit their Congressional offices will need to indicate their plans upon registration.
About the Advocacy Intensive:
With mid-term elections taking place in November, health policy will continue to dominate the political agenda in 2018. Republicans will want to fulfill their promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and will likely push additional reforms to rein in spending and reduce regulatory burdens.
These policy debates present both opportunities and challenges for serious, advanced and end-of-life care, and it is imperative that the hospice and palliative care communities advocate in Washington to protect access to these important services.
The Advocacy Intensive will allow hospice and palliative care leaders and supporters to learn first-hand about the political and policy issues affecting their organizations and the people they serve. Armed with that information, attendees will head to Capitol Hill to advocate in support of NHPCO’s legislative agenda. The day will end with a Congressional Reception featuring some of hospice and palliative care’s most ardent Congressional champions.
(Please note that this is a tentative agenda and that the agenda will be finalized closer to the event start date)
Tuesday, April 24th
2:30 – 3:30 PM Optional First-time Attendee Training (Location TBA)
If you’ve never advocated on Capitol Hill before, it can be intimidating. First-time attendees and others who want a refresher on advocacy can attend this session to learn some of the basics of advocacy, including the Art of Storytelling, Making an “Ask”, navigating Capitol Hill, and other topics.
Wednesday, April 25th
7:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast (Location TBA)
8:30 – 9:15 AM Advocacy Intensive Plenary -“Policy Changes in 2018: What the Might Mean for Hospice and Palliative Care” (Location TBA)
While the healthcare landscape has shifted considerably in recent years, both Congress and CMS have remained focused on efforts to achieve a high quality healthcare system that provides better care and better health for all Americans. During this session, attendees will hear from a health policy leader who will outline major policy items on the horizon in 2018, and discuss how they might affect hospice and palliative care providers.
9:15 – 9:45 AM Logistics and Policy Overview by NHPCO Vice President of Public Policy, Sharon Pearce (Location TBA)
9:45 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 – 11:00 AM Advocacy Intensive Concurrent Sessions
Participants will have several concurrent session offerings to choose from, including sessions on:
Key hospice policies in 2018 (Location TBA)
Strategies for building relationships with policymakers (Location TBA)
Affirming the value of hospice (Location TBA)
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM State Meeting Delegation (Location TBA)
12:30 – 5:00 PM Congressional Meetings on Capitol Hill (Locations will be provided for those who confirmed participation)
NHPCO will arrange meetings for attendees who registered to attend meetings with their congressional members. Attendees will visit with their home state Senators, their home district Representative, or their staff. NHPCO will coordinate state delegations to ensure that all attendees have a “partner” in their advocacy. Additional preconference training and webinars will be available for attendees.
5:30 – 7:00 PM Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill (Open to all attendees of MLC and Advocacy Intensive) (Location TBA)
NHPCO will host a reception in the Capitol Building for Advocacy Intensive participants, Congressional guests, and their staff. The event will honor our Congressional champions, and celebrate our successful day of advocating for patients and families at the end of life.