2014 Legislative Agenda

ACCESS TO CARE

  • Ensure that efforts to accelerate pilot testing and adoption of innovative integrated care models across all payers include non-institutional settings and provide technical support to physician practices.
  • Engage policymakers to assure the viability of independent physician practices.
  • Provide physician input into the ongoing activities of New York’s Health Benefit Exchange and ISTOP Act.
  • Support the growth of the physician workforce through:
    • Continued funding of graduate medical education and physician loan forgiveness, scholarships,
    • practice start-up and ambulatory care training support.
    • Exploration of innovative strategies to address the physician workforce shortage.
  • Encourage continuing Medicaid reimbursement of primary care services at Medicare rates beyond 2015.
  • Seek legislation to mandate all payers’ use of a standardized prior authorization form.

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.
  • Support programs that address gaps in transitions of care.
  •  Address 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 clinical research opportunities.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE DELIVERY

  •  Encourage and support evidence-based patterns of practice that help achieve an appropriate balance between population health and individual well-being using principles of high-value, cost-conscious care.
  •  Support programs for prevention and management of chronic disease through promotion of healthy lifestyles including tobacco prevention and cessation, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma.
  •  Encourage programs to improve adult immunization rates and to provide vaccination information and education for physicians.
  • Seek changes to state law that clarify the definition of driving while intoxicated or impaired
  • Raise Purchase age of all tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) to 21

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Last Updated: 8.8.2014

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