Members of the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) board of directors and Health & Public Policy Committee, accompanied by UCAOA staff members and Washington representatives, made the rounds of agencies, associations, and legislative offices in Washington DC in early November to share the urgent care story and increase recognition of urgent care centers. This year, in comparison with the last visit 2 years ago, the group was met with a greater level of understanding and acknowledgment of the role of urgent care centers as high quality, cost-efficient, and convenient sites of service for urgent and primary healthcare services. Discussions were held with key leaders of America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Hospital Association, Alliance for Healthcare Reform, National Committee for Quality Assurance, National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, nearly 30 meetings took place with U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, and their staff members from Arizona, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas.
Stay tuned via UCAccess for updates from these meetings and ongoing UCAOA activities and work in Washington DC as well as specifics from these meetings. In 2016, we are considering opening the Day on the Hill experience to interested UCAOA members so that more can join us in carrying the voice of our industry to legislators and decision-makers. We hope you’ll
consider joining us!
From The UCAOA Chief Executive Officer
P. Joanne Ray
Journal of Urgent Care Medicine