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The UCAOA leadership and members of the Health and Public Policy Committee are working to educate Congress and other key healthcare policymakers and stakeholders on the urgent care industry by designing and implementing an advocacy agenda to increase awareness about the role of urgent care centers in rapidly evolving healthcare systems.

Washington Update - 2018 Initiatives

 

UCAOA Supports Missouri Bone Marrow Registry Bill (April 12, 2018): In a letter to members of the Missouri General Assembly, the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and the Health & Public Policy Committee offered support of pending legislation that would encourage, but not require, primary care providers and urgent care physicians to inquire of new patients whether they are registered with the bone marrow registry. If a patient is not registered, the health care provider would provide information about the bone marrow registry. In its letter of support, UCAOA emphasized the importance of giving health care providers flexibility to voluntarily support initiatives to increase the number of potential bone marrow donors. The legislation has passed the Missouri House and is now pending in the Senate. Please read more of the letter here.

UCAOA comments on FDA's Draft Guidance for CLIA (March 26, 2018): The FDA recently released their draft, “Select Updates for Recommendations for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Waiver Applications for Manufacturers of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices.”  UCAOA has joined with other organizations and commented on the draft to state that the FDA needs to remove its proposed discussion of accuracy and focus on the relevant question for the guidance – whether trained and untrained users will get comparable results when using the same to-be-waived test. Congress has said that if a diagnostic test allows trained and untrained users to get comparable results, and the test is simple, it is entitled to a waiver.  FDA’s guidance needs to reflect Congress’s intent, and recognize – as Congress has – the value of expanded access to new and innovative CLIA-waived tests. You can view the full submission here.

Testimony of the UCAOA on the Definition of Urgent Care (March 7, 2018): In response to proposed language in CT S.B. 303, the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) collaborated with its members in the state of CT and its Chapter, the Northeast Regional Urgent Care Association (NERUCA), by submitting testimony to the Connecticut Public Health Committee on the definition of an urgent care center.  This was a joint effort to eliminate public confusion and more clearly define the scope of services in a UCC.

Press Release: UCAOA Becomes a Member of the Coalition for CLIA Waiver Reform (October 13, 2017): UCAOA joins the Coalition for CLIA Waiver Reform in the crusade to improve access to safe and effective CLIA waived point-of-care testing (POCT). The Coalition is dedicated to removing unnecessary impediments that are preventing patient access and preventing providers from giving their patients the best care.

UCAOA Advocates for TRICARE Beneficiaries (November 28, 2017): The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) advocates with Congress for improved access to urgent care centers, by waiving prior authorization requirements, for TRICARE beneficiaries. Dr. Pamela Sullivan, President of UCAOA wrote a letter to Honorable James Mattis, Secretery of the US Department of Defense, in response to the interim final rule that establishes TRICARE Select and other TRICARE Reforms. Specifically, UCAOA offers comments on the implementation of Section 704 of the Fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act which improves access to urgent care for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries.

In Honor of Veteran's Day...Ask Lawmakers to Cosponsor the Veteran's Act (November 10, 2017): In recognition of Veterans Day and of the immediate need to create new health care access opportunities for the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) encourages you to contact your members of Congress and request them to cosponsor the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act (S. 2161 and H.R. 2785).

UCAOA Urgent Call to Action: Cassidy-Graham Health Reform Bill Must Not Pass

Senate Republicans are facing mounting pressure from their base and the Trump Administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by September 30.  

Contact Your Senators: Oppose Efforts to Rush Through a Health Reform Bill (June 20, 2017): A health reform bill based on the House bill is being crafted by a select group of U.S. Senators without the input of physicians and other major stakeholders.

Take Action to Help Support Urgent Care Access for Veterans (June 14, 2017):

UCAOA Statement on the America Health Care Act (March 9, 2017): Until it can be shown that the American Health Care Act in its current form will not make heath care coverage less affordable and lead to substantial losses in coverage for the currently insured, the UCAOA cannot offer its support and urges lawmakers to stop the rush to the bill’s passage.  

UCAOA Offers Comments on Proposals to Stabilize Insurance Market (March 7, 2017): In a letter to CMS, UCAOA highlighted its principles for health reform and the role of urgent care centers in the delivery of health care.

UCAOA Tells Congress How It Will Judge Health Reform Proposals (February 24, 2017): UCAOA delivered a letter  to Capitol Hill leaders highlighting the elements it will use to judge future proposals for healthcare reform. 

UCAOA Asks CMS to Delay New EHR Requirements (February 17, 2017): UCAOA joined 15 other organizations in a letter to the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, MD, asking that implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program and Stage-3 like measures in MIPS program be delayed indefinitely.

UCAOA Unveils Health Reform Principles as Obamacare Repeal Advances (January 25, 2017): President Trump issued an executive order that directs administration officials to use their authorities to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It has been widely recognized throughout the healthcare community that changes to the ACA are needed as insurers leave insurance exchanges and premium increases plague parts of the country. As legislative alternatives are unveiled, the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) will evaluate them against principles  recently approved by the UCAOA Board of Directors.

MedPAC Examines Stand-Alone EDs (January 2017): MedPAC Commissioners are revisiting stand-alone EDs because the number of these facilities has continued to increase. Contained within a “site-neutral” law is a provision that exempts off-campus stand-alone EDs from the prohibition on off-campus facilities billing as hospital outpatient departments.



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UCAOA State Resources: A listing of state specific resources and descriptions to help you reach out to local entities for further information.

CQ State Track: Member advocacy tool that tracks legislative activity in all 50 U.S. states.

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