A Note from the SVP, Mike "Ike" Isaacson

Published in Government Relations on December 01, 2023

Mike IsaacsonBy Mike Isaacson, SVP, VGM Government and Regulatory Relations

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy, happy, and focused on finishing out a great year! As many of you may have read, I have begun to focus more on our industry’s advocacy efforts and ensuring that VGM is here to support you in the legislative and regulatory aspects of your business. I know firsthand that some of you are dialed into the advocacy world, while others may not view these activities as an important part of your business. In our current government climate, I implore you to re-evaluate your advocacy engagement. 

Over the past few months, we have been talking about two major bills being discussed in Congress. I know that we have covered them extensively in our communication with you, and for good reason. Senate File 1294 and House Resolution 5555 are vital to the success of your business. If you need to brush up on these pieces of legislation, click here to read a full explanation of each bill and the cosponsors on each. Bottom line, these bills continue the existing reimbursement for the support and service you offer your people every day. Without them, your reimbursement will be reduced significantly. 

We have heard from many legislators that your communication with them is being heard. Your stories are being referenced in fiscal meetings and in caucus rooms. To those who have reached out, thank you, you are making a difference! For those who have not, I understand that you have competing priorities, including serving patients, training staff, hiring staff, etc. All these things can get in the way. There is also the “comfort factor” that comes into play. If advocacy is not something that you have done before, it can be a bit intimidating or feel complex. That is why we have made it extremely easy for you to let your voice be heard.  

I would like to introduce our new VGM Government Action Center. With a brief personalized message from you and a few clicks of the mouse, you are now able to be a Champion of Change and voice your support for your patients and your staff. It is simple, quick, and IMPACTFUL!  

I look forward to supporting you in your advocacy efforts and am excited to continue offering new ways to tell your stories! Stay tuned to this newsletter and other communication from the VGM Government & Regulatory team for more information and opportunities to be a Champion of Change in your business, community, and industry! 

Ike 


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