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Hematologists Fight for Biomedical Research Funding, Physician Reimbursement at 2013 ASH Annual Meeting

Guest post by ASH Government Relations, Practice, and Scientific Affairs.

AshBetween presentations of cutting-edge research and sessions on emerging trends in hematology, attendees of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting last December emailed Congress and strategized ways to encourage Members of Congress to protect existing and future NIH funding and reform physician payment under Medicare.

The 2013 ASH Annual Meeting presented a vital opportunity for hematologists to mobilize on these two challenging issues facing the field and ASH’s group of member advocates, called the ASH Grassroots Network, had a strong presence at the recent annual meeting in New Orleans. During the meeting, members of the Grassroots Network gathered for a special luncheon event to learn more about ASH’s current advocacy priorities and how they could become effective advocates for the following immediate issues in Congress of critical importance to hematology:

  • FY2014 budget negotiations, particularly regarding NIH funding
  • A 24 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement payments to physicians, mandated by the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate Formula (SGR)
  • The February 7, 2014, deadline to raise the debt ceiling  Continue reading →