A key component of the House of Delegate’s strategic plan was to develop a network of allergists throughout the United States. In 2020, 18 of your colleagues stepped forward to answer the call. This year, another 12 delegates were selected, in total representing 30 of the 50 states. In addition to these state delegates, we also have six regional super-delegates covering the entire U.S. and one international super-delegate.
We want to hear from you! The super-delegates are planning virtual regional town hall meetings and want you to attend. These intimate conversations can lead to suggestions for solving coding, reimbursement and/or insurance issues. Save the date for the meeting in your region:
- May 12 – Southeast Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Wes Sublett 7:00 pm CT
- May 20 – West Coast Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Madeleine Ramos – 7:30 pm CT
- June 10 – Inter-Mountain Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Michael Volz – 8:00 pm CT
- June 17 – International Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Anne Ellis – 8:00 pm CT
- August 26 – New England Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Christopher Randolph – 7:00 pm CT
- Sept. 22 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Michael Palumbo – 6:00 pm CT
- TBD – Great Lakes Regional Town Hall Meeting – Dr. Don Bukstein
More information about each of these regional meetings will be sent via targeted email messages a few weeks before the meeting date. If you have topics you’d like discussed, please send them to HOD Regional Meetings at least one day in advance.
In addition to a request sent to all members from the College’s Advocacy Council, HOD super-delegates and state delegates may have called upon you to take action to delay Medicare’s 2% sequestration reimbursement cuts. Our advocacy efforts paid off! Congress passed the legislation and President Biden signed it into law on April 14. It retroactively delays sequestration from April 1 through Dec. 31, 2021.
We’ve also asked for your grassroots support on the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act. This legislation requires the provision that sesame be labeled as an allergen on packaged foods. The act also supports information collection and scientific research related to food allergens and severity of allergic reactions. It would put in place provisions for future improvements to food labeling. In addition, the act requires a report on federal activities related to prevention and treatment. With the help of our advocacy, the FASTER Act passed Congress and was signed into law by President Biden.
We’ve been busy during the first quarter of 2021 and we look forward to working more closely with you and your state/regional societies. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at your regional town hall meeting; we look forward to seeing you!