Government Affairs Committee November 2021 Updates

  • November 05, 2021 3:51 PM
    Message # 12103087
    Administrative Director (Administrator)

    NERUCA Government Affairs Committee 

    November 4, 2021


    November Election Cycle:

    The outcome of recently held state and local elections was discussed, the most significant of which was the gubernatorial race in New Jersey. As of Wednesday evening various national media outlets were calling a very close race in favor of the incumbent Phil Murphy, however the challenger had yet to concede as of Thursday morning. A recount will likely occur due to the slim margin of victory. 


    State Reports:

    Pennsylvania -

    No report


    New Jersey - 

    A lengthy discussion as to Horizon Blue Cross’ recently announced global reimbursement rate cuts, scheduled to take effect in January, was held. NERUCA’s concern is that should the cuts go through as projected, the impact on urgent care operations statewide would be disastrous. Additionally, the feeling is that these cuts will most likely be projected to other E/M levels of care, other medical disciplines beyond urgent care, to other payers who may seek to echo the HBC program, and likely given the size and scope of the national BC/BS system, will easily jump across state lines to potentially impact all urgent care owner/operators within NERUCA’s catchment area .  NERUCA GAC and Payer Relations are actively engaged at devising and implementing a tiered strategy aimed at mitigating the impact of this dangerous action. More upcoming on this very soon.  


    New York -

    Regarding the 2020 Executive Order mandating reporting of COVID-19 and Influenza test results to NYSDOH, at present only COVID-19 test result data must be reported, the requirement for flu test result reporting has lapsed and not been renewed. 


    Connecticut, Rhode Island - 

    No report 


    Massachusetts -

    The most recent summary of active bills potentially relevant to urgent care operations and practice within the state has been forwarded to members of the GAC. Bills that are currently active address a number of areas of concern, including nurse triage, ambulance transport to urgent care, behavioral health in urgent care, increasing MassHealth access to urgent care, telehealth, emergency paid sick time, and rapid accessibility to COVID-19 vaccinations, to highlight a few. Everyone will review the document. NERUCA GAC projects the largest topics of concern to be those focused on behavioral health, primary care/urgent care relationships, telehealth reimbursement. The Mass Legislative Work Group believes most of the current bills will remain active through the remainder of the current legislative session, some are moving faster than others. The Legislative Work Group continues to actively lobby members of the legislature regarding several of these items. 


    Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine -

    No report 


    General Updates:

    GAC Membership -

    NERUCA Administration will be reviewing prior GAC minutes in an effort to regenerate the committee’s membership roster and then reach back out to prior participants, looking to gauge continued interest and future participation. 


    UCA/ NERUCA/ CALUCA -

    Recent discussions among the entities as to the evolving nature of the various relationships among the organizations have taken place. More to come over the next few months.  

    Vanessa to go through old minutes – gather names and ask if they want to be a part of GAC.


    NERUCA Annual Conference -

    The NERUCA Board has been actively engaged in attempting to restart the annual conference, looking to early November 2022 for the same. Conversations are being held with potential venues and vendors at the present time, stay tuned for more to come on this soon. 


    Next GAC Meeting: 

    December 2, 2021 8:00 am



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