Legislative Priorities

2017-2018 Legislative Priorities

MNASCA promotes the interests of the ASC community before the state legislature as well as state regulatory and executive agencies. MNASCA identifies and analyzes critical issues affecting ASCs and acts on behalf of members to enhance and protect the ASC’s ability to provide high quality, cost-effective patient care.

Priorities for the 2017-2018 legislative session currently include:

  • Repeal of the Minnesota provider tax: the 2% tax is scheduled for repeal at the end of 2019. MNASCA supports that repeal, however, we will work with policymakers to make sure a safety net of public programs is maintained
  • Support legislation clarifying the supplemental nursing service agencies statute so ASCs are allowed to hire temporary professionals such as CRNA locum tenens (Schomacker HF 582/Relph SF 386)
  • Support changes to statute that would address provider exclusion or narrow networks and allow recourse for providers such as the ability to appeal
  • Support an income tax subtraction for charity care provided by medical professionals (Gruenhagen HF 156)
  • Oppose any market restrictions on ASCs such as certificate of need or moratoriums
  • Monitor scope of practice changes for chiropractors and athletic trainers
  • Monitor the Minnesota Department of Health’s x-ray rule modifications- particularly around the use of fluoroscopy, CT and MRI
  • Monitor worker’s compensation payment reform, particularly for ASCs
  • Monitor legislation addressing the opioid epidemic and regulations addressed at provider reform