2022 Policy Forum

The 2022 Policy Forum is being held in-person, May 17 and 18 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. After two years of a virtual event, AOPA is extremely excited to once again be able to bring the O&P profession together to advocate for it and its patients.

The Policy Forum is your opportunity to learn about the latest legislative and regulatory issues and how they will affect you, your business, and your patients. It is also your opportunity to educate members of Congress about the importance of O&P care for patients living with limb loss/difference and limb impairment.

Use your voice, Educate. Advocate, Celebrate. Join us for the 2022 Policy Forum!

Location: Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2399 Richmond Highway~ Arlington, VA 22202

Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act Background Document for Hill Meetings


What is the dress code?

For Tuesday the dress code is Business/Business Casual. Per the Capitol Hill Club’s Policy for Wednesday, the dress code is also Business/Business Casual. Guests in jeans, sneakers, or other similarly casual attire will not be admitted.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, May 17
7:30am 11:30pm Registration 
8:00am 10:00am Student Breakfast 
8:30am 10:00am State Reps Mtg and Breakfast 
10:00am Noon Advocacy 101 Workshop: whether you’re new to advocacy or want to refresh your skills, this pre-forum session provides a deep dive into the advocacy basics. Explore your role as an advocate and how to use your voice as an effective tool for change. You’ll walk away with a playbook you can use throughout your career and in your own state and community.

Noon 1:00pm Opening Lunch- Keynote with Candace Doby, On Courage.
Each member of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) possesses a unique set of skills and qualities that make them capable of creating distinctive value for their teams, organizations, and communities. But, when members become burdened by perfectionism, self-doubt, and imposture syndrome, they make it impossible to own and demonstrate their brilliance, which is necessary to help their organizations reach a higher level of greatness. Instead, members can lose focus, decrease their productivity, and weaken their ability to perform to their potential. In this presentation, speaker and author Candace Doby gives AOPA members the strategies they need to courageously own their brilliance, manage self-doubt, and make a bigger impact on their teams, organizations and communities.
1:00pm 1:15pm Break 
1:15pm 2:45pm Let’s start with WHY…  We are all here for the WHY, so why not start with it! This session will open with a conversation about WHY you all come to Washington DC. We’ll talk about the real-world challenges O&P practices face, and why the policy changes proposed in the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act matter to the O&P profession and its patients. This session is all about connecting the policy dots and drawing lines directly to the stories of O&P care that we’ll be sharing on Capitol Hill.
2:45pm 3:00pm Break 
3:00pm 4:00pm Here for the Policy not the Politics: During this session, attendees will learn about the different dynamics at play in Congress, where healthcare fits into those dynamics, and how to think about O&P in the larger healthcare context.
4:00pm 5:30pm Breakout 1: What’s your story? During this breakout, session leaders will take attendees through an exercise to help develop ways to tie their story to the policy changes we are seeking. Worksheets will be provided.
4:00pm 5:30pm Breakout 2: What’s the ask? During this breakout, session leaders will help attendees practice the ask. *** If your member of Congress or Senator is already a cosponsor of the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act, you’ll learn how to ask for what’s next.
4:00pm 5:30pm Breakout 3: What’s our game plan? During this breakout, session leaders will walk attendees through designing a game plan for Hill meetings. Attendees will learn how to navigate the uncertainties associated with Hill meetings, like planning for a meeting when you can’t be sure if you’ll have five or 15 minutes. Attendees will receive a worksheet to help.
7:15pm 9:00pm Capitol Connection Event – DC Night Tour*
Wednesday, May 18
7:00am8:00amO&P PAC Breakfast
8:00am9:00amAttendee Breakfast
9:00am9:15amBuses depart
9:30amBuses arrive
8:00am3:00pmCongressional Appointments

Past Policy Forums: