Atrius Health representatives attended the “Capitol Hill Days” annual event hosted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). A record number of physician groups from across the country gathered in Washington, DC recently to meet with their respective Congressional leaders and staff on issues of importance to physician groups.
Joining Dr. Guy Spinelli, Atrius Health Board Chair and practicing internist at Granite Medical in Quincy, was Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations for Atrius Health, who works closely with AMGA staff on federal issues of concern to physician practices.
It was a busy day, as Dr. Spinelli and Ms. Keough met with Congresswoman Katherine Clark, key health policy staff for newly elected Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Edward Markey. In addition to participating in meetings with the congressional delegation, Ms. Keough attended the Government Relations Leadership Council where she recently completed a two-year term as chair of the group.
“AMGA’s annual Capitol Hill Day event was a terrific opportunity to educate members of Congress as well as their staff about the important work that Atrius Health is doing to improve the lives and health of our patients each day,” said Dr. Spinelli. “It is so important to meet with Congressional leaders and be able to discuss the role that Atrius Health plays as a leading provider of primary care, home care and hospice to a large number of patients in Massachusetts.”
Among the issues discussed with staff members during these one-on-one meetings were:
“It is vital that members of Congress, as well as their staff, hear from their constituents like Atrius Health as an integral part of the health care team. It is especially important that Dr. Spinelli was able to participate in these meetings as it demonstrates the commitment to some of the issues that were discussed during our meetings. It also ensures that we serve as a resource to elected officials and their staff as they weigh various bills before them,” Ms. Keough stated.