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
Last Updated: 8.8.2014