2018 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.
- Address the shortage and maldistribution 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 to support the goal of reducing regulatory and administrative burdens which often lead to physician burnout.
Quality of Care and Patient Safety
- Seek opportunities for quality improvement and enhanced patient safety through voluntary reporting, care coordination, collaboration, and team-based care and assure protection for physicians who perform peer review functions.
- Support comprehensive 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.
- Eliminate barriers to treatment to address the opioid crisis and other substance use disorders.
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: prevention, identification of barriers and management of chronic conditions including integration of behavioral health; prevention of and treatment for substance use disorders including tobacco use; throughout the continuum of patient care.
- Advocate for responsible environmental policies that promote public health including, but not limited to, climate change.
- Encourage programs to improve adult immunization rates, provide vaccination information and education for 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.
Last Updated: 11.10.17