There are so many ways to advocate for your patients, for your profession, for the future of hospital medicine. The easiest way? Getting involved.
We know how important it is to you that your patients receive the best care possible. We know that you do your absolute best as their provider but that sometimes there are hurdles that can hinder your capabilities until some kind of legislative change is enacted. SHM does its best to foresee these obstacles and works rigorously to achieve positive legislative outcomes, but often there are details we cannot fathom without your input and expertise. That’s why we need you, our hospitalist members, to fill in the gaps.
On April 1, the final day of Hospital Medicine 2015, SHM is hosting another “Hospitalists on the Hill” in Washington, D.C. We are so excited to join members on Capitol Hill again. Discussing healthcare issues that impact your patients and the specialty by meeting personally with legislators and their staff is an opportunity to share your experiences as a frontline hospitalist and directly impact key policy issues.
Want to learn more about how you can impact the process prior to heading to the Hill? Unable to attend Hill Day, but still want a better understanding of the legislative process and how SHM gets involved? Come to our “Policy Basics 101” session March 31 at HM15, where you’ll hear from SHM’s Government Relations team and from members of the Public Policy Committee. You will not only learn about the legislative and regulatory processes, but you can also discover where hospitalists can take part and exert influence along the way.
If you find that you’re unable to attend the face-to-face meetings on April 1, or even if you are, make sure that you are a member of SHM’s Grassroots Network. SHM uses this venue to keep you informed of the healthcare policy decisions on the horizon and asks you to take only a few minutes to reach out to your representatives via e-mail to take action on the issues most important to hospital medicine.
The Grassroots Network has grown substantially over the past few years, but we are always looking for more hospitalists to take up the cause. Strength in numbers is the most effective way to tell Congress where change is needed. Sign up directly.
Whether you do it in person on Capitol Hill or through periodic e-mails to legislators, advocating for patients and the specialty of hospital medicine is important work, and we hope you’ll continue to help us in even greater numbers in the future. Hospitalists have a unique voice in the healthcare system—one that needs to be shared and engaged in critical policy discussions. We hope you’ll join us in the movement to advocate for hospitalists, for your patients, and for hospital medicine.
Ellen Boyer is SHM’s government relations project coordinator.