Legislative

Overview
NAACOS aims to create and maintain the most beneficial legislative environment for ACOs. This is accomplished through constant communication, education, and advocacy with lawmakers and their staff. Congressional briefings, hearings, letters and in-person meetings are tools to share the positions of NAACOS and our members.

116th Congress

  • NAACOS calls for MACRA changes in Statement for the Record to the Senate Finance Committee

  • NAACOS advocates for one-sided ACOs to have access to telehealth in revised legislation

  • NAACOS submits testimony to Appropriations Committee asking for greater transparency and stakeholder involvement in developing and updating CMMI Models

  • NAACOS writes Senate HELP Committee on ways to lower health care costs

  • NAACOS webinar discusses the November 2018 election results

115th Congress

  • NAACOS joins 200-plus stakeholders in asking Congress to align substance treatment privacy with HIPAA
  • NAACOS resource on the final 2018 opioids law

  • Part 2 Partnership asks Congress to address privacy protections in final opioids bill

  • NAACOS Testifies on Capitol Hill
    • Read the statement of Michael Robertson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Covenant Health Partners on behalf of the National Association of ACOs to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
    • Watch his testimony before the committee here (it begins at approximately 1:06).
    • Read the press release that NAACOS issued following Dr. Robertson’s testimony.

  • House Ways and Means Committee presses forward on regulatory relief work

  • NAACOS responds to the Health Care Innovation Caucus’s request for information

  • MedPAC releases its June 2018 Report to Congress
    • NAACOS summary of the June 2018 MedPAC Chapter on ACOs

  • NAACOS supports use of telehealth in opioid addiction treatment

  • NAACOS writes house leaders in support of the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act

·         House Members Write CMS Supporting Additional Track 1 Agreement Period

·         NAACOS submits comments to Ways & Means on MACRA Implementation

·         NAACOS Statement on Regulatory Reform for House Ways & Means Committee

 

·         Part 2 Partnership sends letter to Senate Finance Committee supporting S. 1850

·         NAACOS endorses expansion of telehealth services

·         ACO Provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

 

·         NAACOS joins the Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 coalition

·         Joint press release for “The ACO Improvement Act of 2017”

·         Five leading healthcare groups endorse the ACO Improvement Act of 2017

o    NAACOS, AMGA, MGMA and Premier Letter

o    AMA Letter

 

·         Medical Expense Deduction Coalition Letter, November 2017

 

·         NAACOS signs on to letter supporting the Preventative Health Savings Act

·         NAACOS Statement for the Record to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on Medicare Advantage Hearing on Promoting Integrated and Coordinate Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

·         Improving ACOs in 2017: NAACOS Advocacy Agenda

·         CONNECT for Care Act of 2017
 

114th Congress

·         NAACOS thanks Ways and Means leadership for support of access to mental and behavioral health data

·         NAACOS endorses S. 2873, the ECHO act.pdf advancing communication between primary care providers and specialists

·         NAACOS' Advanced Payment Model (APM) Talking Points

·         NAACOS submits comments on the Senate Finance Committee's Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options Document

·         NAACOS letter to the Senate Finance Committee on ACOs positively impacting chronic care management

 

·         Ways & Means members Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) submit letter to CMS in support of the MSSP program. 

 

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