By Julian Pecquet - 06/29/10 12:00 PM EDT
Physician lobbying continues in full swing Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill.
Starting at 8:15, members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet with a slew of lawmakers to press for prescription drug monitoring and higher reimbursement rates. On the schedule to address the group: Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Steve Kagan (D-Wis.) and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and David Vitter (R-La.).
At 8:30, the American Academy of Home Care Physicians will honor Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) for their work promoting physician house call programs; an announcement by the two lawmakers is expected at the event. Their Independence at Home Act became the basis for a national home care demonstration project created as part of healthcare reform.
Ahead of the July 4 weekend, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is holding a 10 a.m. briefing on the dangers of fireworks. Also at 10 a.m., the Trust for America's Health unveils new data on state obesity rates.
In the afternoon, America's Health Insurance Plans holds a news conference on Medicaid and Health Disparities. The briefing will highlight best practices used by Medicaid health plans for improving health care equity among diverse populations. Speakers include Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) and AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni, along with officials from several Medicaid health plans.