Background:

Changes in American health care institutions, programs and systems are being proposed at both the national and state levels.  Many health care programs which are at the heart of the American health care system are under attack, in danger of being greatly diminished or outright eliminated. Physicians and the many professional and advocacy organizations to which we belong have a critically important role to play in the national debate underway about the future of healthcare in our country.  Physicians’ voices will be stronger and more effective by coming together to strengthen relationships and communications, coordinate initiatives where appropriate, and explore new ways to collaborate.

To address this, in 2017 the National Physicians Alliance began convening regular, ongoing conference calls with a broad array of physicians’ groups, both professional associations and advocacy organizations.  The purpose is to serve as a confidential and behind-the-scenes vehicle to share information, strategic thinking and plans with respect to the short- and long-term political landscape nationally and in states. The objectives are to facilitate communications, strengthen relationships, and identify and explore opportunities for coordination and collaboration.

Logistics:

All participating groups are invited to designate one or two people, either staff or leaders from their organization, to receive the invitation-only emails and participate on the calls.

The Roundtable meets via conference call, but if there are a sufficient number of organizations with participants in DC, we could have some attend in person and others participate via phone.  This will work if we have the technology to make sure all participants can hear and be heard.

All participants will be invited to contribute to each agenda as well as provide links and other resources to share with all the participants to be included on the agenda emails.

To preserve confidentiality, the calls will not be recorded or documented in writing, unless the group determines otherwise.

 

The calls are facilitated by Rachel Rosen DeGolia, Executive Director of the Universal Health Care Action Network, who has facilitated monthly national conference calls for state-based and national groups working on health reform and defense of health programs for over 15 years.  Rachel is also a long-time consumer representative on the National Physicians Alliance board and facilitated national conference calls as part of the three-year Partnership to Advance Conflict-Free Medical Education project as well.

 

The following is the list of national physicians organizations participating in the Roundtable as of July 2018 – further suggestions from any of the groups receiving this communication are welcome and any inquires or questions can be sent to npa@npalliance.org.