CarePoint Health’s Grace Nassim visits Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation aimed at addressing physician fees and resident shortages

Hospital Medicine doctor says bills, if made law, would be big win for both doctors and patients.
Grace Nassim

June 10, 2024

CarePoint Health Hospital Medicine physician and American College of Physicians (ACP) member Grace Nassim, MD, MPH, was in Washington, D.C., May 14-15 advocating for several bills related to physician fees and resident shortages.

Dr. Nassim, along with her fellow ACP members, showed their support for three bills — all of which were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last year — while in the nation’s capitol:

The passage of these bills would mark a significant victory for both physicians and patients, said Dr. Nassim, who is a full-time hospitalist at Wesley Medical Center and a locum hospitalist at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, both in Wichita, KS.

While in Washington, D.C., Dr. Nassim also met the Kansas representatives and senators who are cosponsoring the bills: Congressman Tracey Mann (Safe Step Act and Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act), Congressman Jake LaTurner (Safe Step Act), Congresswoman Sharice Davids (Safe Step Act and Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act), Congressman Ron Estes (Physician Fee Schedule Update and Improvements Act), Senator Jerry Moran (Safe Step Act), and Senator Roger Marshall (Safe Step Act).

As far as next steps go, Dr. Nassim said she and her fellow ACP members will contact members of Congress and maintain ongoing communication, urging them to take action on the pending legislation. This follow-up process also helps lay the groundwork for future legislation, she said.

Dr. Nassim has been with CarePoint since September 2022. She went to medical school at the University of Balamand in Beirut, Lebanon, and completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Masters Degree in Public Health Management at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

We’re extremely proud of and thankful for all our clinicians at Wesley and the life-changing work they do each and every day.