ACCT members gathered in Washington on April 17th and 18th to build support for the “Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act” (H.R. 3780) and to discuss drug shortages affecting critical care transport (CCT) providers.
Capitol Hill Day participants received a warm reception from lawmakers regarding these priorities. ACCT participants held over 60 meetings and garnered a great deal of support for H.R. 3780, adding more cosponsors.
In addition to their meetings with their congressional representatives, Capitol Hill Day participants had the opportunity to hear from Preston Bell, Legislative Director for Congressman Richard Hudson (H.R 3780 sponsor) and Puja Patel of the American Heart Association (AHA) to learn about their credentialing program and their partnership with the Joint Commission. The discussion served as an opportunity for ACCT members to ask questions to learn about the benefits and challenges of such an approach in the CCT space. Finally, participants received a midterm election forecast from two former deputy chief of staffs.
We encourage all ACCT members to utilize the attached ACCT Advocacy Toolkit to reach out to your members of Congress to urge them to show their support for the air ambulance community by cosponsoring H.R. 3780. As we approach the 2018 election, the time is now to continue to make big steps towards getting this legislation enacted into law.