MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 29, 2014) – Dr. Daniel Dilling of Loyola University Medical Center led a delegation from the American College of Physicians that recently met with the Illinois congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.
On May 21, Dilling had lunch with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). The next day, Dilling and 10 other physicians, residents and medical students met with aides to 11 northern Illinois congressmen: Democrats Bobby Rush, Dan Lipinski, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster and Tammy Duckworth and Republicans Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren.
“It was a very enlightening and rewarding experience,” said Dilling, who is medical director of lung transplantation and an associate professor in the division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dilling is secretary of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He and other members of the ACP delegation discussed legislation that Dilling said would improve access to care. The four legislative initiatives would:
- Provide adequate reimbursement to physicians who treat Medicaid patients newly covered by the Affordable Care Act.
- Pass an innovative tort reform bill (HB 4601) titled “Saving Lives, Saving Costs."
- Maintain funding and increase the number of slots in the Graduate Medical Education program that trains resident physicians. This would ensure there will be enough physicians to meet the growing demand for health care.
- Replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula - used to determine what Medicare pays to physicians - with a more rational process.
The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States, representing 137,000 members.