Legislative Priorities

2019-2020 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 2019-2020 legislative session currently include:

  • Support repeal of the MN provider tax which is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2019. MNASCA does not support extending this tax or replacing it with an alternative revenue source.
  • Support legislation that reforms Minnesota's prior authorization law to allow for a faster, more streamlined process and more effective appeals structure
  • Support changes to the MN Health Records Act to align with federal HIPPA laws to improve efforts to better coordinate patient care and reduce duplication of services
  • Support changes to statute that would address provider exclusion or narrow networks and allow recourse for providers such as the ability to appeal
  • Oppose any market restrictions on ASCs such as certificate of need or moratoriums
  • Oppose restrictive noncompete agreements on physicians
  • Support legislation giving the MN Department of Health authority to issue a license to an ASC that woudl share space with another already-existing ASC (dual licensure authority)
  • Monitor the Minnesota Department of Health’s x-ray rule modifications- particularly around the use of fluoroscopy, CT and MRI
  • Monitor legislation addressing the opioid epidemic and regulations addressed at provider reform