The ASCP 2011 Washington Fly-In was a huge success. During the event, 29 ASCP members from 15 states visited 49 of their members of Congress over the course of a single day, bringing attention to the important role that consultant pharmacists can play in health care. And as we found, Congressional activity never stops: in the middle of our dinner event on Day 1, ASCP Policy & Advocacy Director Lynne Batshon received word that Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) had introduced the Nursing Home Patient Pain Relief Act, legislation that would amend the Controlled Substances Act to address the nurse-as-agent issue.
Many attendees developed stronger relationships between congressional offices and ASCP. All attendees are following up with these offices to provide additional information and support for specific legislation. These meetings also opened opportunities for ASCP staff to work directly with congressional staff to gather co-sponsorship and support for MTM legislation. In addition to direct advocacy, Fly-In attendees participated in a brief training and networking dinner the evening before their Capitol Hill visits. At the dinner, Bradford Fitch, President of the Congressional Management Foundation gave attendees tips for making their advocacy as influential and productive as possible.
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