ADVOCACY, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & POLICY
As a valuable resource for state medical boards on state and federal legislative issues, administration initiatives, and the legislative process, the Advocacy, Government Affairs, and Policy Department strives to facilitate communication among state medical boards. Some of the areas addressed by this department are common legislative issues, assisting member boards in accomplishing their legislative goals, supporting member boards' positions in regard to particular legislation, and encouraging member boards to consider FSMB policy recommendations when developing board policy.
In January 2010, FSMB established the national Advocacy Office located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. with close proximity to both the White House and Capitol Hill. As a national health policy leader, FSMB recognizes the need to maintain an ongoing presence with legislators, policymakers, media contacts, and health care stakeholders in the nation's capital.
The D.C. Advocacy Office is tasked with developing and implementing FSMB's federal legislative strategy and agenda, while also monitoring and reporting on pertinent legislative and regulatory activity as they relate to medical practice and licensure issues. On behalf of FSMB, D.C. Advocacy staff facilitates congressional contacts, monitors congressional hearings and the introduction of federal legislation, interacts with federal agencies, participates in agency- sponsored tasks forces and roundtable discussions, and develops strategies for effectively representing the interests of state medical and osteopathic boards before Congress and health administration officials. Advocacy, Government Affairs, & Policy staff work closely with Prime Policy Group, a bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. consisting of more than 20 senior professionals of diverse political and professional experience.
The D.C. Advocacy Office also manages the FSMB Advocacy Network, a grassroots organization of state medical board representatives and physicians that seek to raise awareness and communication about state boards in an effort to promote excellence in health care and protect the public. The FSMB Advocacy Network often sponsors calls to action for its members -- such as efforts to call or write to elected officials or mobilize support for legislation. The D.C. Advocacy Office also assists in scheduling meetings for Advocacy Network participants in Washington, D.C. or their districts with Members of Congress and/or staff. To find out how you can join the Advocacy Network and receive our e-newsletter, please contact Jonathan Jagoda at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about how to conduct Congressional visits or correspond with Members of Congress, click here.