2015 TCAA Advocacy Institute Recap
The TCAA Advocacy Institute held on May 12-13, 2015 was a great success! Attendees has an opportunity to hear from David Marcozzi, MD, Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to discuss and explore how the existing trauma care system can build and sustain new programs to enhance value, reduce costs, and improve care delivery. Further, attendees were briefed on the most recent congressional developments and provided with an update designed to strengthen their understanding of the critical components of advocacy on behalf of the trauma community.
Following the briefing, over 35 leaders in the trauma community, met with over 140 Senate and House lawmakers and staff to discuss legislative initiatives around alleviating the challenges facing trauma centers. Importantly, the Hill day was utilized in an effort to secure reauthorization and essential funding for our trauma programs.
TCAA Advocacy Institute participants received a warm reception and a positive response from many of the Congressional offices they visited, providing the opportunity for ongoing and stronger relationships. Our staff will continue to regularly monitor these issues, stay in touch with the Hill, and keep you informed of continuing developments through our updates.
TCAA Applauds Subcommittee's Passage of
TCAA congratulates the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on its action to approve "The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act (HR 648)" and "The Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act" (HR 647) for full committee consideration.
"The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act" would among other provisions, reauthorize the Trauma and Emergency Care Systems Grants through 2020. These programs are essential to ensure the coordination of trauma care delivery among trauma centers, ambulances, helicopters, state and local governments as well as implement and evaluate innovative models of regionalized emergency care systems.
"The Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act "would among other provisions reauthorize the Trauma Care Center Grants and The Trauma Service Availability Grants through 2020. These programs would provide grants to prevent further trauma center closures and address shortfalls in trauma services and improve access to and the availability of trauma care in underserved areas.
These programs are critical to the efficient delivery of services through trauma centers and the highly specialized trauma teams that staff them, as well as to the development of regionalized systems of trauma and emergency care that ensure timely access for injured patients to appropriate facilities.
Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Burgess and Rep. Green and the tremendous efforts of TCAA and the trauma community this vote is the first step in the 114th Congress toward improving trauma care. TCAA and our advocacy partners submitted support letters to the committee in advance of the mark. To view the letters, please visit Trauma Coalition Support Letter Parts A - C, Trauma Coalition Support Letter Parts D, F, and H, TCAA HR 647 Support Letter.