Some of UCAOA’s policy and advocacy goals and objectives include:
- Increase recognition of urgent care centers as high quality, cost-efficient and convenient sites of service for urgent and primary health care services.
- Define and integrate the role of urgent care centers in a rapidly changing health care delivery environment that is increasingly focused on health care quality and efficient use of health care resources.
- Assure reimbursement appropriately reflects the value and cost of care provided in the urgent care center setting.
- Encourage the adoption by public and private payers of resource use and quality measures that appropriately reflect the types of health care services provided in urgent care centers.
- Preserve the ability of urgent care centers to utilize ancillary services, including imaging, laboratory, and durable medical equipment, regardless of practice ownership or setting.
- Influence federal policies and initiatives to support and integrate the delivery of healthcare services by urgent care centers.
The Health and Public Policy Committee will continue its efforts to be at the various health policy decision-making tables – federal, state, legislative, regulatory, private payer. Complimentary work will continue at the state level to thwart regulatory actions on urgent care centers that could have national impact.