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The UCA 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


FMCSA National Registry Regains Additional Functionality; Certification Backlog Continues (June 14, 2018): The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently restored the ability to search for a certified medical examiners by name, business name, city and state, and zip code, as well as the functionality that allows health care providers to become certified to conduct physical qualification examinations.  Individuals interested in becoming a certified medical examiner must first complete the required training.  Please read more about completing the required training here.

UCA Advocating on the Hill: VA Bill Signed into Law Ensuring Access to Walk-in Care (June 7, 2018)On June 6, President Trump signed into law a bill that authorizes and expands veteransaccess to private health care, including walk-in carefor non-emergent care access the Urgent Care Association (UCA) has been urging lawmakers to provide. Specifically, the MISSION ACT, requires under Section 105 that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) develop procedures to ensure veterans are able to access walk-in care from qualifying non-Department entities or providers.  To provide care to qualifying veterans, an entity or provider would be be required to enter into a contract with the VA.

Higgins Advocates for Urgent Care (May 6, 2018)On May 8, the House Veterans Affairs Committee approved the VA Mission Act of 2018. Among the items in the bill is continued funding for the VA Choice Program. Without action by Congress, the VA Choice Program will run out of money this summer — as early as mid-June. Here is the letter that Clay Higgins wrote as a member of Congress to express his concern. Send your thoughts, ideas and experiences to Nirja Shah at

UCA Submits Comments to Colorado Department of Regulations Agencies (May 4, 2018): UCA submitted comments to the the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies on proposed network adequacy standards that would take effect on July 1, 2018. In it's letter, UCA offered a revised definition of urgent care facilities to better distinguish between retail clinics, free-standing emergency departments and urgent care centers. Please read more of the letter here.

UCA Supports Missouri Bone Marrow Registry Bill (April 12, 2018): In a letter to members of the Missouri General Assembly, the Urgent Care Association (UCA) 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, UCA 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.

UCA 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.”  UCA 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 UCA on the Definition of Urgent Care (March 7, 2018): In response to proposed language in CT S.B. 303, the Urgent Care Association (UCA) 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.


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