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, Director of Government Relations 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 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, Director of Government Relations 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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Maybe the Sky Isn’t Falling: It’s Not All Doom and Gloom for the American Healthcare System

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Jan 4, 2017 2:54:21 PM

The American healthcare system is in a state of uncertainty. And it is failing patients. 

At least that’s the assessment I’ve frequently come across over the past few weeks. Roiling politics and the resulting policies seem to be the root of this uncertainty. Be it the changes ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the looming changes brought by the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, it seems that healthcare will be in a state of flux and disarray for the foreseeable future. 

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Open Enrollment Season Doesn’t Have to Mean Confusion for Consumers

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Nov 30, 2016 4:19:34 PM

“Only two things in life are certain – death and taxes.” I had a high school teacher who liked to pull out this famous quote from Benjamin Franklin every time he got an unanswerable question from some wisenheimer.

As I sat last week poring over hundreds of pages of health plan brochures trying to sort out the best option for my family, I’m reminded of this quote and can’t help but wonder if there is a third certainty in life that Mr. Franklin missed – health insurance is about as clear as dishwater.

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