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Member Benefits

CAA supports cardiovascular physicians, service lines, patients, and practices by bringing to Capitol Hill information about how federal legislation, regulatory changes, and federal policy affect the access and delivery of cardiovascular medicine. CAA also informs you about proposed legislation and policies that will affect you, your practice, and your patients.  It is incumbent on all of us, as cardiovascular providers to be educated and knowledgeable on the legal, regulatory, and compliance regulations impacting our patients, service lines, and practices 

JOIN TODAY! 

I’m not in private practice anymore, why should I join?

  • CAA represents us all – independent, integrated, academic.
  • CAA represents the needs of cardiologists who have integrated into a larger entity as well as the private practice physician.
  • CAA has fought to incorporate Appropriate Use Criteria into legislation instead of implementing prior approval requirements from RBMs, an issue for every physician, regardless of ownership.
  • CAA has vigorously fought to keep the In Office Ancillary Services Exception as it is. The IOASE affects even integrated physician groups since limiting access in anyway is detrimental to the care of our patients.
  • CAA‘s response to proposed HOPPS for 201 opposed the change in cost centers because it would have a trickle down effect that would reduce the payment to physicians in every setting, regardless of who owns the equipment. Hospitals have many legislative and policy issues on which to focus. CAA focuses only on cardiology.
  • CAA will oppose the new bundling proposal in the 2015 HOPPS as well as several elements in the Physician Fee Schedule

 

What’s the cost to join?

Membership belongs to the cardiology practice and annual dues are only $150 per FTE physician in the practice.

What’s the cost of not joining?

Legislators and policy makers in Washington have a profound impact on your life’s work. Isn’t it time you joined in the voice of your cardiovascular colleagues? More voices = more influence.

 

EDUCATION

CAA sends out Action Alerts to educate and inform members as well as providing a convenient way to contact Congress through CAA’s Action Center to voice our concerns or lobby for legislative changes.

CAA maintains a web site at www.CardiologyCAA.com that is updated with the news from Washington and how it may impact your practice. The web site is also where you will find the Action Center and also where you can pay your annual membership dues.

CAA maintains an active listserv to answer questions and generate discussion on policy issues, impacts of both proposed and active CMS programs, and more.

LOBBYING

CAA has a lobbyist on Capitol Hill every day who meets with Senators, House Members, and their staff to get CAA’s message heard. He also keeps CAA informed on what is going on in and what pending changes may be coming from Washington.

ADVOCACY

The CAA hosts or participates in fly-ins where members are able to meet face-to-face with legislators and their staff to communicate and develop long-term relationships – all politics is local!

CAA responds to proposed legislation and impending policy, making sure that legislative and administrative leaders know the impact their proposed policies and laws would have on the practice of cardiovascular medicine.

TOOLS

CAA develops a tool where each organization can assess the proposed and actual impacts on their reimbursement based on the Physician Fee Schedule each year. The tool is simple to use and helps with planning and budgeting as well as determining impacts on specific changes in the rule.

Download the Physician Fee Schedule calculator here. 

Political Action Committee

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Physician Testimonials


“As an independent physician group, New Mexico Heart Institute needs to keep a close eye on critical developments in a fast changing regulatory landscape. CAA is one of our most critical tools to watch and influence the changes in Washington that affect us everyday. Every cardiology group would benefit from this kind of insight and assistance.”

Sean Mazer, MD, FHRS, FACC
New Mexico Heart Institute
Albuquerque, NM
 

 

"At a recent ACC meeting, the head of MedPac rewrote history. He claimed that physicians and hospitals (without the prompting of the practice closing 2010 fee schedule) conspired to join forces to take advantage of provider based billing. No mention was made of the fact that neither the hospitals nor physicians wanted integration. Instead a narrative of provider greed was discussed and held accountable for a 2.3 billion dollar expense to CMS. This is the narrative going to Congress to now cut provider billing as well as get rid of IOASE. It's our fault; CMS has no role. Without advocacy the real story is never discussed and providers are ping ponged from one poorly thought out policy to the next. CAA is a reasoned consistent voice that has the respect of the legislators. It is important to keep supporting CAA if you want to be heard instead if being hearded."

Matt Phillips, MD, FACC
Austin Heart
Austin, TX
 


“Over my 33 year career I have witnessed an unimaginable change in the practice of medicine. As cardiologists, we set the standards for the concepts behind evidence-based large scale clinical trials that ultimately lead to a revolution in care delivery. We have together succeeded in improving not only the quality of care, but also have been able to reduce admissions, procedures and most of all, mortality. We need to actively challenge each and every intrusion into our professionalism. The CAA (Cardiology Advocacy Alliance) has been our practice’s choice as the vehicle where we can learn, advocate, and educate. Advocacy starts locally and evolves globally. Learn how your elected officials view the issues we face – be part of the solution - be involved – JOIN CAA!

Mark Victor, MD
Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
 

 

"Without the ability to do in office testing on my referrals, it would cause the patient another trip to the testing facility and delay the diagnosis.  One is inconvenient and the other potentially dangerous".

S.W. Thomas, MD, FACC
Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists
Richmond, VA