Advocacy Priorities

Support Early and Accurate Disease Detection, Research-Led Prevention Strategies


Promote Physician-Led Urologic Care and Ensure Patient Access to Effective Treatments Prior authorization; Fail First / Step Therapy; Pharmacy benefits transparency; Prompt payment; PDE5 inhibitor requirements


Encourage Patient-Centered Payer Reform Efforts in the Public (Medicare, Medicaid) and Private Sectors


Minimize Defensive Medicine and Enhance Patient Safety with a Well-Trained Physician Workforce Medical liability reform; Residency training funding; Non-physician provider scope of practice

Advocacy Priorities
  • Prostate Cancer Screening and Awareness

    Eliminating Misdiagnosis and Reducing Wasteful Medicare SpendingEvery 20 minutes an American man dies from prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 161,360 men were told they have prostate cancer in 2017. Early detection is critical because research shows the five-year survival...

  • IPAB Repeal

    IPAB permanently repealed in a major victory for the AACU and urology communityThe AACU is pleased to report that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) included provisions to repeal the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel of unelected officials that had the...

  • Modernize Law Restricting Coordinated Care (“Stark Law”)

    When Congress enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, it replaced a fundamentally flawed reimbursement framework with a program promoting value-based care delivery. Value-based care, as measured by the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment...

  • Improve Preventive Task Force Recommendations, Preserve Access to Prostate Cancer Screening

    BackgroundThe USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 539) includes critical reforms requiring that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: (1) publish research plans and allow public comment on designated evidence; (2) include medical specialty physicians on the Task Force; and (3...

  • Patients Over Paperwork: Reducing the Burden of Medicare Red Tape

    Urologists across the country treat a high volume of Medicare patients and therefore deal with the program’s numerous requirements and complex payment structures on a near daily basis. The AACU is dedicated to working with legislators and policymakers to identify ways to simplify and...

  • State Advocacy Network: Proposed Referral Restrictions Create Roadblocks to Patient Care (Colorado)

    The AACU State Advocacy Network joins the Colorado Medical Society in opposition to SB18-115, Concerning the prevention of self-dealing in referrals for medical services.Current law in Colorado prohibits health care providers who receive reimbursement through Medicaid to make referrals for...

State Advocacy
  • Fair Contracting and Medical Practice Freedom

    Where We Stand Ensure openness and fairness in health care provider contacts. Prevent third-party payors from changing the terms of their provider contract without notice to the provider and without the consent of the provider. Ensure that physician licensure is based upon a physician's...

  • Medical Liability Reform — Expert Witness Qualifications

    Strengthen expert witness standards Ensure that expert witness is from the same specialty as the defendant physician Prevent frivolous lawsuits Improve the practice environment for physicians in your stateWhenever a physician’s conduct is being called into question, it is only fair...

  • Prostate Cancer Awareness & Assessment

    Where We Stand Continue the progress that has been made in the reduction of prostate cancer morbidity and mortality with the appropriate use of prostate cancer testing. Ensure that third-party payors provide for the reimbursement of prostate cancer testing when the patient and his physician...

  • Uniform Prior Authorization for Prescriptions and Health Services

    Where We Stand Prior authorizations cost the health system $728 million in 2012. Prior authorization requests must use a single form, no more than two pages in length. Forms must available for both access and submission electronically. Requests are deemed approved if no response is...

  • Work Force — Scope of Practice

    Where We Stand Allow the maximum patient-to-physician ratio to increase based on the number of physician assistants in a practice. Expand the ability of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to supervise medical assistants when doctors aren’t on the premises.Proactive Physician...

Home Search Profile Sign InJoin AACU Contact Twitter UROPAC Action Center