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AGA members advocate for GI during Alliance of Specialty Medicine Fly-In

Six members represented AGA during the meetings and called on lawmakers to act on key priorities, including impending Medicare cuts.
Group photo of the Alliance fly-in
Group photo of the Alliance fly-in

Last week, six AGA members joined more than 100 specialty doctors organized by the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, a coalition that represents specialty physicians, to meet with House and Senate offices and discuss pressing policy priorities. The fly-in was held at a critical time – the 117th Congress has less than three weeks to act on key health priorities.

Members spoke on behalf of GI and stressed the need for Congress to act immediately on the upcoming Medicare cuts, and discussed step therapy protocols, prior authorization reform and the role of artificial intelligence in the specialty.

Our members represented GI well throughout the day's meetings!

AGA PAC Board Member and Congressional Advocate Dr. Sadeea Abbasi spoke to House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) about challenges specialty doctors are facing and petitioned for Congress to mitigate the nearly 10 percent Medicare payment cuts before the end of the 117th Congress.

Additionally, AGA Government Affairs Committee Chair Dr. Rotonya Carr engaged with several members of Congress on issues impacting specialty care and discussed the future of AI in medicine with Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), who is an ophthalmologist.

Thank you to all our members who spoke on behalf of GI! We appreciate our AGA leaders who took time to participate!

  • Sadeea Abbasi, MD, PhD
  • Dawn B. Beaulieu, MD, AGAF
  • Brent Burnette, MD
  • Rotonya M. Carr, MD, FACP
  • Peter S. Margolis, MD, AGAF
  • Suzette Rivera MacMurray, MD
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