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AACU Leaders Meet with Congressman Ruiz

AACU leaders met recently with Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA 36th) to discuss our policy concerns and priorities, including the MPFS, telehealth, prior authorization, GME funding, and more. Congressman Ruiz is an emergency medicine physician and sits on the House Energy...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — AACU Legislative Spotlight

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! The AACU, in partnership with the AUA and Zero, advocate for state legislation providing for no-cost prostate cancer screenings. We’re pleased to announce that after several legislative wins (including Illinois this year...

AACU Submits Comments on 2023 Medicare Hospital OPPS and ASC and Ambulatory Surgical Center Proposed Rule

On September 13, the AACU submitted a formal comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed CY 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System rule. In our formal...

AACU Opposes Medical Chaperone Rules in Wisconsin and Oregon

Recently, the AACU opposed medical chaperone rules in Wisconson and Oregon, as the proposed regulations represent an unwarranted regulatory intrusion into medical practice. Additionally, as written, the regulations would place a substantial economic burden on urology...

AACU Submits Comprehensive Comments on 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposal

On September 6, the AACU submitted a formal comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The rule proposes Medicare payment and policy changes for 2023, including proposals which...

AACU Reviews CMS released information on the No Surprises Act (NSA)

The AACU is reviewing this information and will respond as appropriate. The newly released information from CMS includes: Final rules taking into account the two district court rulings on the NSA, addressing issues related to disclosures by plans and issuers about the...

AACU Supports CA SB 107

The AACU joined the California Medical Association's letter in support of SB 107. This legislation protects patients' and providers' ability and right to receive and deliver gender-affirming care services and sets up proper liability and immunity protections for...

AACU Submits Comments on CMS Implementation of Refund Provision for Discarded Units

The November 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) requires manufacturers of separately paid, single use/single dose container Part B drugs and biologics to provide rebates for discarded units above a 10% threshold of separately paid spending for these...

AACU Supports GOLD CARD Act of 2022, H.R. 7995

The AACU submitted comments in support of H.R. 7995, The GOLD Card Act of 2022. We believe that the GOLD CARD Act will provide more professional autonomy for physicians and better access to medical care by exempting qualifying physicians from prior authorization...

AACU Provides Comments on WA Naturopathic Physicians and Vasectomies

On August 12, the Washington Board of Naturopathy (BON) discussed a request from the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians about the authority of licensed naturopathic physicians in Washington State to perform vasectomies. The WANP believes vasectomies are...

Workforce — Scope of Practice

Allowing practitioners to perform procedures they simply aren’t trained to do can only lead to unpredictable outcomes, higher costs and greater...

The AACU is dedicated to developing and advancing health policy education as it affects urologic practice in order to preserve and promote the professional autonomy of its members and support the highest quality of care for patients.

State Advocacy

Workforce — Scope of Practice

Allowing practitioners to perform procedures they simply aren’t trained to do can only lead to unpredictable outcomes, higher costs and greater...

Workforce — Scope of Practice

Allowing practitioners to perform procedures they simply aren’t trained to do can only lead to unpredictable outcomes, higher costs and greater fragmentation of care. However, as states struggle with health care provider shortages and network capacity, the efficient...

Uniform Prior Authorization for Prescriptions and Health Services

In an effort to contain health care costs, most health insurers require a physician to obtain "prior authorization" before prescribing certain medications and health services. Most medical practices contract with multiple insurance companies, each with its own...

Prostate Cancer Awareness & Assessment

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men, and about one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Fortunately, the early detection of prostate cancer through appropriate testing has been shown to dramatically...

Medical Liability Reform — Expert Witness Qualifications

Whenever a physician’s conduct is being called into question, it is only fair that the physician, as a professional, be judged by an expert sharing the same background, training and experience. In medical liability cases, this means that only an expert practicing in...

Fair Contracting and Medical Practice Freedom

As professionals, physicians should expect to be treated openly and fairly by those with whom they transact business. This includes being given sufficient notice of any changes an insurer seeks to make to its provider contracts, the opportunity to either accept or...