The Promise of Telemedicine and the Missing Quality Debate

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy on Oct 23, 2017 4:17:52 PM

It is an old but true adage that government moves slowly. While change may be swift, your local, state, or federal regulator is not.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Expands Access, Preserves Quality Through Telehealth

By URAC Staff on Oct 19, 2017 8:57:23 AM



Washington, DC -- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has announced that it will accept telehealth accreditation as evidence of regulatory compliance for part of the state’s telepsychiatry requirements.

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URAC Director of Government Relations Discusses Proposed Senate Healthcare Bill with NBC4 News

By URAC Staff on Jun 28, 2017 11:48:07 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – June 27, 2017 – URAC Director of Government Relations Aaron Turner-Phifer discussed key points of the healthcare reform legislation now under consideration in the Senate during a 20-minute appearance on News 4 Your Sunday, which aired June 25 on the Washington, D.C.-based NBC4. Viewers can watch the entire 20-minute interview below.

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CMS’ Proposed Rule for MACRA 2018: Six Changes You Need to Know

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy on Jun 26, 2017 5:00:55 PM

CMS continues to ease administrative burdens for physicians as the “slow ramp-up” of the Quality Payment Program continues in 2018, according to the agency’s proposed rule for MACRA’s 2018 Quality Payment Program.

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Extension of Veterans Choice Program Continues Effort to Increase Access and Reduce Wait

By By Houeida Saad, JD, RN and Aaron Turner-Phifer on May 16, 2017 1:00:00 PM

On April 19th, President Trump signed into law (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program which allows some veterans to receive healthcare from local doctors and hospitals.  The legislation passed with broad bipartisan support – the bill was approved, by voice vote, in both the House and the Senate.

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Politics and Network Adequacy – It’s All Local

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy on Mar 30, 2017 4:30:49 PM

I once had a local politician tell me that a poll reflects the mood of the particular day it was taken and often ends up wrong in the end. For him, people were fickle and he wouldn’t let one poll dictate his fate.

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URAC Accreditation: Align with the VA Community Care Network Needs

By URAC Staff on Feb 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prepares to award contracts for managing its Community Care Network in four regions nationwide, organizations should keep in mind the importance of delivering sustainable, local healthcare solutions.

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VA Program to Provide Quality Care to Veterans in Their Communities

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy on Jan 25, 2017 5:03:51 PM

It is no secret that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced tremendous challenges providing our nation’s veterans with access to the timely, quality care they deserve.

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