2017 Legislative Priorities

Access to Care

  • Monitor and encourage alternative payment models being tested to ensure alignment of metrics across all payers and capacity for adoption by all physician practice types, sizes and settings. Engage in and contribute to the development of models that assure metrics clearly demonstrate evidence of gaps in care, have high impact/high value, can be tested for unintended consequences and can assess the burden of measurement on practices.
     
  • Promote growth of the physician workforce through:adequate funding of graduate medical education, physician loan forgiveness, scholarships, expenses for practice start-up and ambulatory care training, and an increase in the number of residency training slots.
     
  • Engage policymakers to ensure the continuing viability of independent practices, regardless of size.
     
  • Seek and support legislation to mandate use of standardized forms and data collection and reporting rules across all payers.
     
  • Monitor all aspects of the New York State of Health and current issues facing Medicare Advantage plans to ensure adequacy of coverage for all New Yorkers.

Quality of Care and Patient Safety

  • Seek opportunities for quality improvement and enhanced patient safety through education, voluntary reporting, care coordination, and team-based care and assure protection for physicians who perform peer review functions.
     
  • Support medical liability reform and encourage alternative systems for dispute resolution in medical liability cases, including models such as health courts and workers’ compensation or no-fault systems.
     
  • Support and promote financing and expanded opportunities for clinical research among physicians, institutions and patients, especially for under-represented populations.
     
  • Monitor proposals for expansion of care into retail clinics to ensure corporate practice of medicine requirements are met.
     
  • Implement education and training to address the crisis in substance use disorder.

Public Health and Health Care Delivery

  • Encourage and support evidence-based practice to achieve an appropriate balance between population health and individual well-being using principles of high-value, cost-conscious care.
     
  • Support healthy lifestyles through the prevention, identification of barriers and management of chronic conditions including the integration of behavioral health, the prevention and cessation of substance use disorders and tobacco use throughout the patient continuum of care.
     
  • Advocate for responsible environmental policies that support public health.
     
  • Encourage programs to improve adult immunization rates, provide vaccination information and education for physicians and patients, and remove barriers to immunization.
     
  • Support measures to strengthen preparedness for environmental disasters and outbreaks of infectious disease.
     
  • Advocate for adequate smoking cessation funds and policies and expansion of the Clean Indoor Air Act.

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