On May 17 – 18, several PHIMA members participated in the first ever virtual AHIMA Advocacy Summit. The two days were filled with interesting panel discussions, educational sessions related to advocacy and meetings with Senators and Representatives.
The PHIMA contingency met with Senator Toomey’s office and Senator Casey’s office during the Summit. In addition, individuals met with their representative’s office. These meetings were sometimes one-on-one with the representative’s staffer. There were a total of seven meetings where we had a 30-minute time slot to introduce AHIMA and promote health information related legislation.
The three legislative topics that we discussed were:
At the close of each meeting, staffers often asked questions or asked for additional information about the legislative topics. PHIMA members have consulted with AHIMA and done their research to respond to these requests. It is our goal that our legislators will think of PHIMA first when they are tackling health information related legislation.
- HR366 - Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2021
- S 674 - Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act of 2021
- S 104 / HR379 - Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021
Education sessions offered during the virtual summit included: “A View from Capitol Hill: Advancing Health Policy in the 117th Congress” and “Realizing the Promise of Converging Clinical and Administrative Data.”
As a result of PHIMA’s advocacy efforts throughout the year and our level of involvement in the 2021 AHIMA Advocacy Summit, Pennsylvania was named in the Top 10 States for Advocacy by AHIMA!