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American Hospital Association (AHA)
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.

AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and health insurance portability standards.

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to improving health care quality. NCQA has developed quality standards and performance measures for a broad range of health care entities including physicians.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) mission is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. They fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. The HHS Agencies create regulations under the authority of Congress to help government carry out public policy.

Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws
Nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice laws vary from state-to-state. Barton Associates understands that these laws may have an impact on the locum tenens nurse practitioners we place throughout the United States and put together this handy interactive guide that offers a snapshot of each state’s scope of practice laws.

The Physicians Foundation
The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations, universities, hospital systems and medical society foundations that support its mission and since 2005, has awarded numerous multi-year grants totaling more than $36 million. The Foundation is committed to identifying how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) impacts physicians.

All PAs must practice under physician supervision; however, state laws dictate the extent of that relationship. This interactive guide provides an overview of the physician assistant scope of practice laws per state with regard to the American Association for Physician Assistant’s (AAPA) Six Key Elements.

Convenient Care Association
CCA is the national trade association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality healthcare in retail-based locations. CCA works primarily to enhance and sustain the growth of the Convenient Care industry through sharing resources, best practices and common standards of operation.

Modern Healthcare article on Nurse practitioners

State Laws on Traumatic Brain Injury

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry. AHIP’s members provide health and supplemental benefits to more than 200 million Americans through employer-sponsored coverage, the individual insurance market, and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. AHIP advocates for public policies that expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality and innovation. 

Healthcare Pricing Transparency

CQ State Track
UCAOA is proud to announce a new advocacy tool available to members, CQ State Track, which is a 50-state legislative tracking service that offers custom email alerts, tailored regulatory reports and interactive map-based displays of states with legislation identified in searches and advocacy services at the state and federal levels.


Medical Association of the State of Alabama
The Medical Association of the State of Alabama is the professional association for some 7,000 physicians of all specialties throughout Alabama. MASA exists to serve, lead and unite physicians in promoting the highest quality of health care for the people of Alabama through advocacy, information and education.

Alabama Department of Public Health
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is the primary state health agency for the state of Alabama. The purpose of the Alabama Department of Public Health is to provide caring, high quality, and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public’s health through disease prevention and the assurance of public services to resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay.


Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services is dedicated to Health and Wellness for All Arizonans. Programs and services include Education, Community Health, Safety, Prevention and Health Preparedness, Licensing and Certification, Mental/Behavioral Health, Vital Records, and Health Data and Evaluation.


California Academy of Family Physicians

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is the only organization solely dedicated to advancing the specialty of family medicine in the state. CAFP is critically important to primary care, with a strong collective voice of more than 8,000 family physician, family medicine resident and medical student members. CAFP focuses on family physicians’ professional challenges and health policy concerns through advocacy and education to expand access to high quality and cost-effective patient care for California.

California Medical Association
The California Medical Association (CMA) is distinguished by its success in legislative, legal, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the physicians and patients of California.

California Health Advocates
CHA Advocates on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and their families by targeting federal and state level legislators and their staff through media and educational campaigns. We also build and lead coalitions of strategic partners concerned with Medicare-related issues, such as the California Medicare Coalition.


Colorado Medical Society
The Colorado Medical Society’s advocacy is broader than just political advocacy; they are the voice of the public policy arena with regulators, the media, health plans and the broader patient community. The Public Affairs team works on dozens of issues at the state capitol every year.


Connecticut State Medical Society

The Connecticut State Medical Society itself is a constituent state entity of the American Medical Association. CSMS and its member physicians have taken the lead on many initiatives to promote the public health of Connecticut citizens. Standing up for patient interests as well as physicians, recent CSMS public health advocacy issues.

Connecticut Academy Family Physicians
The Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians is a professional medical society dedicated to maintaining high standards of family medicine. CAFP provides members with practice-based support, education, government relations and public relations services. The voice of Family Medicine needs to be heard in the State of Connecticut. From fair payment, Medicaid reimbursement, to public health issues such as vaccines, the Connecticut Academy works diligently on behalf of your practice and your patients to make sure the voice of Family Medicine is at work in the State Capitol.


Delaware Healthcare Association
The Delaware Healthcare Association was formed in 1967 to assist Delaware hospitals in working on issues concerning health care and the hospital industry.

The Delaware Healthcare Association is a statewide trade and membership services organization that exists to represent and serve hospitals, health systems, and related health care organizations in their role of providing a continuum of appropriate, cost-effective, quality care to improve the health of the people of Delaware.

The primary role of the Association is to serve as a leader in the promotion of effective change in health services through collaboration and consensus building on health care issues at the State and Federal levels.

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants
District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants
serves the needs of PAs and PA students who work or reside in metropolitan Washington, D.C. DCAPA's web site serves its members and the public by providing a forum for services and ideas designed to strengthen and promote the PA profession throughout the city. DCAPA will strive to publicize the contributions of PAs to patients, employers, and policy makers. As the voice and advocate of PAs in D.C., DCAPA promotes continuing education for its members, provides PA employment information to PAs and physicians, and strengthens the role of PAs by supporting and encouraging membership in DCAPA.

District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians (DCAFP)
The District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians (DCAFP) is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. A membership organization for DC Family Physicians, the Academy advocates for Family Physicians and our patients, and conducts continuing medical education for Family Physicians.

Medical Society of the District of Columbia
The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) has over 2,800 membe
rs. Since 1817, MSDC has been supporting and advocating for patients, physicians, the medical profession and the betterment of public health. MSDC is the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District. The Medical Society is dedicated to the well-being of the physicians in metropolitan Washington and their patients. MSDC advocates vigorously on their behalf through:
  • Legislative efforts to protect physicians and patients from some of the onerous practices of regulatory authorities
  • Vigorous defense of the patient-physician relationship 
  • Practice management consultation and services  
  • Up-to-date information on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the daily practice of medicine  
  • Free or discounted educational and networking opportunities


Florida Academy of Family Physicians

The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) is composed of more than 4,800 family medicine physicians, resident physicians, and medical students from across the state. FAFP priority is to help  members to become the best family physicians they can be through effective communication, legislation/regulation, education, advocacy, research and motivation.


Georgia Association of Family Physicians

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) is a state wide non-profit medical association made up of over 1900 family physicians, family practice residents, and medical students. It mission is to promote the specialty of family medicine through education of and service to the family physician.


Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
IAFP is a year-round presence in Springfield, Chicago, throughout the state and in Congress. IAFP has established a respected voice in government affairs.  The Government Relations committee and Legislative Action Team work in tandem with staff and the contracted lobbying firm to steer the Academy's activities and maintain solid relationships with lawmakers at all levels in both parties.


Louisiana State Medical Society

The LSMS is your leading advocate for the medical profession before the Louisiana Legislature, state agencies and licensing boards, and the judicial branch of government. It is the only statewide organization that represents both allopathic and osteopathic physicians in every medical specialty. Over the years, the LSMS has been on the forefront of issues that affect the availability of high quality, affordable healthcare for all citizens of Louisiana

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) protects the health, welfare and safety of Louisiana citizens against the unprofessional, improper, and unauthorized practice of medicine by ensuring that those who practice medicine and other allied health professions under our jurisdiction are qualified and competent to do so.

Louisiana Association of Family Physicians  

LAFP is fighting every day for physician practices and patients. From fair payment from government and private insurance, to access to care for the medically underserved, to professional liability protections, LAFP is working hard on your behalf to make sure the voice of family medicine is heard throughout Louisiana. 

Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum
Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum mission is to lead evidence-based, collaborative initiatives to improve the health of Louisiana residents. Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum was created through the efforts of more than 40 health care and consumer groups, the State Legislature formally recognized the Quality Forum in 2007.

Louisiana Business Group on Health
The Louisiana Business Group on Health (LBGH) membership consists entirely of stakeholders whose focus is to develop and sustain a purchaser, payor and provider partnership that will improve the quality and value of health care in Louisiana. LBGH is the only unified voice representing employers solely on health care issues in Louisiana through market-based solutions.

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) mission is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and representing the general interests of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial and regulatory processes.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Bayou Health
Bayou Health is the way most of Louisiana's Medicaid and LaCHIP recipients receive health care services. The overriding goal is to encourage enrollees to own their own health and the health of their families. In Bayou Health, Medicaid recipients enroll in a Health Plan. These Plans differ from one another in several ways, including their provider networks, referral policies, health management programs and extra services and incentives offered. Each of these Plans is accountable to the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the state of Louisiana. Each contract requires adherence to detailed grievance and appeals requirements. Members have the right to appeal, first to their Bayou Health Plan, then to the State.

New York

Healthcare Association of New York State
HANYS is proud to be the only association that represents and advocates on behalf of all New York's hospitals and health systems at all levels of the federal and state government. HANYS has access to policy leaders, regardless of their political affiliation, and is an integral player in health policy discussions. HANYS also communicates members' concerns and positions to New York and national media in support of the Association's legislative and regulatory initiatives.

New Jersey

Medical Society of New Jersey
MSNJ promotes the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine.


Michigan State Medical Society Alliance
The Michigan State Medical Society Alliance is an organization of physician spouses and partners, working together for the benefit of their communities, their families and the profession of medicine. The Medical Alliance is dedicated to advancing the health of Michigan through advocacy and action, provide education about legislative issues that impact the practice of medicine.

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians
The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is to improve the health of patients, families and communities in Michigan by serving the needs of family physicians. MAFP provides access to the Advocacy Action to keep you in the know, and provide you with the tools and resources to contact your legislators quickly and easily.

Michigan Consumers for Health
The Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH) coalition is working to address the opportunities that healthcare reform presents and provide a coordinated, strategic consumer voice at health care policy tables to achieve both immediate and long-term results.


Ohio State Medical Association The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is dedicated to empowering physicians, residents and medical students to advocate on behalf of their patients and profession.

Health Policy Institute of Ohio
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves as Ohio’s nonpartisan, independent source for forecasting health trends, analyzing key health issues, and communicating current research to policymakers, state agencies and other decision-makers.

Council for Ohio Healthcare Council
COHCA mission is to promote excellence in health care, education, research, and policy decisions through interprofessional, collaborative leadership.


Oklahoma Health Care Authority
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is the primary entity in the state of Oklahoma charged with controlling costs of state-purchased health care. The agency must balance this fiscal responsibility with two, equally important goals are assuring that state-purchased health care meets acceptable standards of care and ensuring that citizens of Oklahoma who rely on state-purchased health care are served in a progressive and positive system.


Pennsylvania Medical Society
The Pennsylvania Medical Society is the voice of Pennsylvania's physicians, advancing quality patient care, the ethical practice of medicine, and advocating for the patients they serve. We promote physician leadership, education, professional satisfaction, practice sustainability, and the public's health.

Public Health Management Corporation
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. It fulfills its mission as a facilitator, developer, intermediary, manager, advocate and innovator in the field of public health to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services. PHMC has served the Greater Philadelphia region.


Texas Medical Association
The Texas Medical Association physician leaders already are working on behalf of their profession and their patients to improve Texas health care system. During the this legislative session, TMA councils and committees are locking down and promoting health care policies to ensure Texas’ patients have access to affordable and high quality health care.


Medical Society of Virginia
The Medical Society of Virginia is the professional association for physicians in the commonwealth. Dedicated to supporting physicians in the practice of medicine, MSV advocates on their behalf to ensure physician influence on health care legislation and policy improvements and provides a variety of educational and support activities that assist physicians in the practice of medicine.

Washington State Medical Society

The Washington State Medical Association represents over 9,600 physicians and surgeons in Washington state. Our priority is to make Washington a better place to practice medicine and to receive care. The WSMA is dedicated to providing tangible support of your medical practice and access to physician services; promoting quality, cost effective care; and being a respected voice in the public arena.The WSMA delivers strong advocacy that is physician driven and patient focused, working to help physicians deliver complete care you can trust.

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