FSP Spotlight | Get to Know Amy Young, FSP Lobyist

FSP Member Spotlight

Welcome to this edition of the FSP member spotlight. Every month we highlight a different FSP member who is doing exciting things in the field of pathology. This month we are taking a different spin on our spotlight and featuring a very important member of our FSP team, Amy J. Young, Managing Partner of Ballard Partners. Amy works for the FSP as a lobbyist advocating on the behalf of Florida pathologists.

   Amy J. Young, Managing Partner
   Ballard Partners
   3609 Washington Road
   West Palm Beach, FL 33405


How did you start your career as a lobbyist?  
I was picked for Governor Graham's internship program to serve in the Governor's office and when working on policy issues and watching the Legislature in action, I was hooked. I then went on to serve in the Governor's Office after graduation and then as Political Coordinator for one of the largest Trade Associations in the State. I was then recruited to join a national law firm in 1984. 

What do you enjoy most about your career? 
Working with my clients and delving in to policy issues to determine how the current laws and possible changes to that particular statute may positively alter the practice of medicine in our State.

How did you first start working with the FSP?
I was hired by the FSP by Dr. Tom Woods in 1984 and have been honored to represent the Society since!

What are the biggest challenges that you face in your role as the legislative consultant for the FSP?
Pathologists have very unique legislative issues that other physician specialties do not face. We are particularly impacted when legislation is introduced to tie your reimbursement to a Medicare percentage. We have fought many battles on this front which would effectively eliminate payment of the professional component of clinical pathology. We are uniquely impacted by any changes to the clinical laboratory statutes (Chapter 483, F.S.) For instance, over the years we have advocated the passage of legislation redefining the definition of "comprehensive health care services" to include "technical and professional clinical laboratory services" in Chapter 641, F.S., the statutes that govern HMO's.  We have also successfully advocated for amendments to Chapter 483 to define a "clinical laboratory examination" as a procedure which includes "oversight or interpretation". These were successes to change Florida laws to recognize the importance and significance of professional component billing. Both of these statutory changes have been cited in the Merkel, Central States, Westside and Health Options lawsuits. 

What would you like to see occur in legislation that would positively impact pathologists?
Right now, status quo. We are always playing a great deal of defense on reimbursement issues, surprise billing and so many other issues that pop up. If we can continue to successfully oppose the myriad of issues that surface that would negatively impact your day to day pathology practice, we have won the war! 

What is the greatest piece of advice you would give to an FSP member to support our advocacy efforts? 
Create relationships with your Legislators while they are home in their District. Just call and make a courtesy appointment to introduce yourself and they will appreciate and remember it! Creating these relationships when there is not a burning issue in Tallahassee will be remembered when we do face a tough issue!

And, give generously to the FSP PAC. Success is all about building relationships. The FSP cannot survive without a relationship with you, our members. The FSP cannot survive without a relationship with the Florida Legislature………….and relationships are a two way street………we knock on 160 Legislative doors asking for help on our issues……………there are 40 Senators and 120 members of the House of Representatives…………and, when they call asking for campaign assistance, we need to be in a position to help those that help us. This is not about buying votes…….this is about building and maintaining relationships.  
What are your hobbies outside of the work?
I love to travel especially to destinations where I can ski, hike, zip line or do anything adventurous! When I'm at home, I love to practice Bikram yoga, roller blade, bike and cook (although I'm not very good at the latter, but I practice a lot.............I should take cooking lessons from our FSP First Lady and chef, Cindy Levitt.)

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I'm pretty much an open book, but perhaps many people don't know that I lost the tip of my left index finger on a boat in Hurricane Andrew.......so now I get a 10% discount on my manicures!

Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:00am