Washington Update - 2017 Initiatives
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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 - 2017 Initiatives


Press Release: UCAOA Becomes a Member of the Coalition for CLIA Waiver Reform (October 13, 2017): UCA joins the Coalition for CLIA Waiver Reform in the crusade to improve access to safe and effective CLIA waived point-of-care testing (POCT). The Coalition is dedicated to removing unnecessary impediments that are preventing patient access and preventing providers from giving their patients the best care.

UCA Advocates for TRICARE Beneficiaries (November 28, 2017): The Urgent Care Association (UCA) advocates with Congress for improved access to urgent care centers, by waiving prior authorization requirements, for TRICARE beneficiaries. Dr. Pamela Sullivan, President of UCA wrote a letter to Honorable James Mattis, Secretery of the US Department of Defense, in response to the interim final rule that establishes TRICARE Select and other TRICARE Reforms. Specifically, UCA offers comments on the implementation of Section 704 of the Fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act which improves access to urgent care for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries.

In Honor of Veteran's Day...Ask Lawmakers to Cosponsor the Veteran's Act (November 10, 2017): In recognition of Veterans Day and of the immediate need to create new health care access opportunities for the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Urgent Care Association (UCA) encourages you to contact your members of Congress and request them to cosponsor the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act (S. 2161 and H.R. 2785).

UCAOA Urgent Call to Action: Cassidy-Graham Health Reform Bill Must Not Pass

Senate Republicans are facing mounting pressure from their base and the Trump Administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by September 30.  

Contact Your Senators: Oppose Efforts to Rush Through a Health Reform Bill (June 20, 2017): A health reform bill based on the House bill is being crafted by a select group of U.S. Senators without the input of physicians and other major stakeholders.

Take Action to Help Support Urgent Care Access for Veterans (June 14, 2017):

UCA 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 UCA cannot offer its support and urges lawmakers to stop the rush to the bill’s passage.  

UCA Offers Comments on Proposals to Stabilize Insurance Market (March 7, 2017): In a letter to CMS, UCA highlighted its principles for health reform and the role of urgent care centers in the delivery of health care.

UCA Tells Congress How It Will Judge Health Reform Proposals (February 24, 2017): UCA delivered a letter  to Capitol Hill leaders highlighting the elements it will use to judge future proposals for healthcare reform. 

UCA Asks CMS to Delay New EHR Requirements (February 17, 2017): UCA 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.

UCA 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 (UCA) will evaluate them against principles  recently approved by the UCA 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.



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