Congressional Lunch Briefing:
Patient Access to Community Treatment (PACT) Coalition
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th
Patients are facing increasing challenges accessing specialized medical care in the community setting. Over the last several years, studies have illustrated that declining Medicare reimbursement and arbitrary budget cuts are causing community-based practices to close their doors or integrate with large hospital systems, affecting access and increasing costs.
Please join us to hear patients and Congressional staff share their perspectives on the importance of preserving access to quality, community-based care.
Thursday, September 11th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
122 Cannon House Office Building
Howie Braun, Patient
Rose Gerber, Patient and Director of Patient Advocacy, Community Oncology Alliance
Clay Alspach, Chief Majority Health Counsel, Energy and Commerce Committee
Mitch Vakerics, Legislative Counsel, Representative Renee Ellmers
Taylor Booth, Legislative Director, Representative Ed Whitfield (INVITED)
Kim Corbin, Health Legislative Assistant, Senator Debbie Stabenow (INVITED)
The Patient Access to Community Treatment (PACT) coalition is an alliance of patient advocacy organizations, provider groups and health care distributors committed to ensuring that patients have access to quality, affordable, community-based care. PACT believes that policies, such as flawed Medicare Part B reimbursement formulas and federal budget cuts, are exacerbating a shift in site of care out of the community and into more expensive hospital systems, affecting both patients and the Medicare program.