2023 Washington Representatives Retreat Schedule (PDF)

2023 Washington Representatives Retreat
Graduate Annapolis Hotel

Annapolis, MD
November 16 – November 17, 2023
Agenda Outline

Thursday, November 16

9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.                  Registration Open

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.                 Welcome and Meeting Overview

                                                             Remarks by:
                                                          • Eric Gascho, SVP, Policy and Government Affairs, National Health Council

12:05 – 12:50 p.m.                        The Road Ahead for Health Policy by the End of 2023 and into 2024
                                                         Leaders from the S-3 group, one of DC’s foremost public policy consultancies, will help attendees
                                                         understand and navigate the current, complex policy environment.

                                                          • Randy Rutta, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Council 

                                                         • Michaeleen Crowell, Principal, S-3 Group
                                                         • Marty Reiser, Principal, S-3 Group

12:50 – 1:40 p.m.                           Networking Lunch

1:40 – 2:25 p.m.                             Utilization Management’s Effect on Patients and Providers 
                                                         Utilization management has been identified as a top issue affecting access for patients. This presentation will help
                                                         attendees better understand how
utilization management affects patients and potential policy solutions.

                                                          • Eric Gascho, SVP, Policy and Government Affairs, National Health Council

                                                          • Anna Hyde, Vice President of Advocacy and Access, Arthritis Foundation  
                                                          • Emily Carroll, Senior Attorney, American Medical Association 

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                             Best Practices for Cutting through the Capitol Hill Noise in 2023 and Beyond
                                                        This session will help attendees understand how advocates can best get their messages across in the
                                                        current Congress. The discussion will feature staff from the patient advocacy community who
                                                        recently worked on the Hill. The panel will share their unique perspectives on how a staffer’s job changed during
                                                        and after the pandemic and it impacts the relationship between patient advocates and Congressional staff.

                                                           • Jennifer Dexter, VP, Policy, National Health Council                                                             

                                                           • Natasha A. Silva, Sr. Director of Federal Government Relations, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
                                                           • Nishith Pandya, Director, Federal Relations, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.                             Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.                            The Latest from CMMI
                                                        The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is an important partner in shaping the future of health
                                                        care for
patients. In this session, attendees will hear about CMMI’s current priorities. CMMI is focusing on for the
                                                        2024 calendar year.
The session will also focus on how the patient advocacy community can partner with CMMI on
                                                        issues such as value-based care.

                                                             • Shion Chang, Director, Policy, National Health Council 

                                                             • Eliot Fishman, Director, Policy and Programs Group, Center
                                                                    for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

4:20 – 5:00 p.m.                         Show and Tell 
                                                        During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to sign up to make a 3-minute presentation on
 organizational challenges or successes. More information and guidelines are forthcoming.

                                                              • Sarah Buchanan, Director of Federal Government Relations & Health Policy, National Psoriasis Foundation 
                                                              • Jelani Murrain, Director, Federal Relations – Access to Care, ACS-CAN 

5:00 p.m.                                       Adjourn for Evening Activities

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.                           Networking Reception

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.                          Dinner

Friday, November 17

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                   Registration Open

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                            Networking Breakfast 

9:00 – 9:40 a.m.                           Reflections on Day One, Overview of Day 2, NHC 2024 Policy Matrix
                                                    This session is the annual review of the NHC accomplishments from 2023 and a look ahead at NHC priorities for
                                                        2024. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, provide input, and help shape the 2024 Policy Matrix.

                                                             Remarks by:
                                                          • Eric Gascho, SVP, Policy and Government Affairs, National Health Council

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.                          Empowering Advocates to Tell Their Story Effectively
                                                        Having advocates tell their personal stories to legislators and other decision-makers can lead to great success.
                                                        However, training them to do it powerfully, succinctly, and effectively can be a challenge. This session will help
                                                        attendees learn how to work with advocates to be the most effective storytellers possible.

                                                          • Jennifer Dexter, VP, Policy, National Health Council                                             
                                                          • Kristen Bernfield, Partner, Change for Balance
                                                          • Sally George, Communications Strategist, Change for Balance

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.                        Break 

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.                          Breakout Table Discussion
                                                        This session is the opportunity to have small group discussions about issues of importance to attendees. Guided
                                                        questions will help drive conversation focused on engaging grassroots. 

 11:10 – 11:20 a.m.                           Reporting Out of Table Discussions      
                                                        Each group will provide an overview of their discussion.

11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.                 Building a Robust and Diverse Health Care Workforce
                                                        Congress and the Administration are both focused on policy solutions to address health care workforce shortages
                                                        and other issues. This session will help attendees understand the crisis, its impact on patients, and what solutions
                                                        are currently being proposed.

                                                         • Eric Gascho, SVP, Policy and Government Affairs, National Health Council
                                                         • Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., Ed.D., Managing Director, Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric
                                                         • Tim Nanof, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, American Nurses Association
                                                         • Amanda Wiegrefe, MScHSRA, Director, Regulatory Affairs, American College of Rheumatology

12:10 – 12:55 p.m.                          Closing Keynote
                                                        This exciting session will provide attendees with the latest insight on the inner workings of Congress
                                                        from one of the leading journalistic insiders.                 

                                                         • Jennifer Schleman, SVP, Communications & Governance, National Health Council   

                                                         • Anna Palmer, Founder and CEO, Punchbowl News

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.                            Concluding Remarks

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.                            Networking Lunch
                                                     (To-Go Boxed Lunches Available)