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Healthcare is a more dynamic market and now more than ever urgent care professionals need to stay informed on key issues affecting their patients' care. Be sure to stay up-to-date on health policy issues and the potential impact they may have on the urgent care industry by checking out the resources below.

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Nine Steps to Avoid a Medicare Payment Penalty (October 4, 2017): Under the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who bill for Medicare Part B services have a choice of two avenues to avoid a Medicare payment penalty in 2019: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). 

UCAOA Comments on Medicare Quality Payment Program Proposals (August 21, 2017): UCAOA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 21 in response to the Agency’s proposed updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018.  

Senator Cassidy Presents Urgent Care Bill to VA Committee (July 11, 2017): Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) spoke in strong support of his legislation, the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act (S. 1261), a bill embraced by the UCAOA that will provide relief to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) overburdened health care system and establish urgent care centers as an important health care access point for our nation’s veterans.

House Passes Medical Malpractice Bill That Faces Tough Road in the Senate (June 28, 2017): the Republican-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation to limit damages from medical malpractice lawsuits as part of the GOP effort to reform the health care system.

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Participation Requirements for 2018 (June 20, 2017): CMS released proposed requirements for physician participation in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) for the 2018 performance year. 

Freestanding EDs Discussed at Congressional Hearing (May 18, 2017): A U.S. House of Representatives congressional committee held a hearing on the current status of the Medicare program. The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) asked Mark Miller, PhD, executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to preview their recommendations on freestanding emergency departments. 

New Quality Payment Program Begins on January 1: The performance period for the new Medicare Part B Quality Payment Program (QPP) will begin. While it is not necessary for clinicians to begin participation on January 1st to avoid a negative 4 percent adjustment in 2019, clinicians who are aiming to receive a positive adjustment and bonus payment are encouraged to begin participation as early in 2017 as possible.



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UCAOA State Resources: A listing of state specific resources and descriptions to help you reach out to local entities for further information.

CQ State Track: Member advocacy tool that tracks legislative activity in all 50 U.S. states. 

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