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 - 2017 Initiatives
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.