Over 60 physician members of the Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) participated in a Regional Campaign and Grassroots Seminar co-hosted by NMA and AMPAC on September 12. The Seminar was held in Lincoln, NE during NMA’s Annual Meeting. Jim Wilson of AMA Political Affairs staff spoke to NMA members about practical ways to impact legislators in the state house and on the campaign trail, offering tips about scheduling legislative visits, attending town halls and hosting fundraisers. While there have been some recent scope of practice setbacks in Nebraska and while some members admitted fatigue with SGR, several NMA members spoke forcefully about the need to develop better relationships with lawmakers and about having established some of those relationships already.
The Seminar was preceded by a candidate forum where both major party candidates for the U.S. Senate and Governor spoke to NMA members and took questions. A noteworthy advocacy moment occurred when NMA members got a gubernatorial candidate to rethink his position on a bill that would have allowed nurse practitioners to practice without supervision (the bill was vetoed by the current governor, who is retiring). It was a great demonstration of physician advocacy in action!
The Seminar with NAM, while the seventh and final for 2014, was the first one to feature CME evaluation and credit via the AMA’s online system (AMPAC staff secured CME certification for the Seminar program in August, 2014). Participants gave the Seminar a 4.75 on a scale of 5.