State Advocacy

In 2021, our priorities on behalf of hospitals and health systems, patients and the health of all New Mexico residents are:

Medicaid durability
Advocate for adequate Medicaid funding and oppose cuts to hospitals and providers, recognizing that hospitals are "Always There - Ready to Care."

Medical malpractice stability
Modernize the Medical Malpractice Act (MMA) so that it is patient-centered, compensating patients in the event of a bad outcome, promotes quality services and patient outcomes, protects hospital participation in the MMA and Patient’s Compensation Fund (PCF) and includes nurses and other clinicians as eligible PCF providers, so we may create a desirable, provider-friendly climate in NM to recruit and retain healthcare providers and professionals.

Quality healthcare
Promote an environment that cultivates our gains in quality, patient safety and positive clinical outcomes, via innovation and evidence-based best practices.

Behavioral health advancement
Support enhanced funding for behavioral health facilities, programs, providers and services. Hospitals stand ready to partner with others to stem our state’s behavioral health crisis.

Healthcare workforce gains
Advance policies that increase access to providers statewide, especially in rural areas (i.e. funds to increase pandemic staffing capacity, rural provider tax credits, expanded residency programs, career pathway pipeline programs at all levels), and promote recruitment and retention.

Infrastructure investment
Promote investment in our hospitals though capital outlay funding. Hospitals need up-to-date facilities and equipment to provide the quality care New Mexico residents need and deserve in their home communities.