The industry's next lobbying step: Show and tell
If you haven't already, read these two blogs before proceeding:
In the latter, I suggested that NRRTS may want to reconsider the way it organizes CELA, given the need for the rehab industry to continue its rallying call, but make the most of its lobbying efforts.
Well, I've thought of another idea (inspired by our publisher, Rick Rector, who is currently helping his brother run for his second term as a state senator here in Maine). What if, in the spirit of including as many providers as possible, there’s a secondary event where, during one of the Congressional recesses, NRRTS schedules appointments, much like it does for CELA in D.C., for representatives and senators to visit a provider or a group of providers in their home districts. The group could organize and schedule a teleconference before the visits to prep providers, much like it does the first day of CELA.
I believe NRRTS and others groups have done bits and pieces of this but nothing this organized.
It's too bad. If providers had someone scheduling the appointments for them and offering them support (teleconference, handouts), I bet they'd be more willing to host these types of visits. A lot of providers find this process intimidating and, frankly, they don't have the time on the front-end to make the necessary arrangements.
So maybe this should be the industry's next step in its increasingly organized lobbying efforts. Because let's face it, what's more productive: A provider sitting with a legislative aide in a representative's or senator's Washington, D.C., office, or a provider walking through his location with a representative or senator showing and telling him or her all about his business and patients?