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Other Conferences

AACU 2019 Annual Meeting

October 13 - 14, 2019
Willard Intercontinental
Washington, DC

AACU 2018 Annual Meeting

September 16 - 17, 2018
Willard Intercontinental
Washington, DC

10th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

October 20 - 21, 2017
The Westin Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

12th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

March 5 - 7, 2017
Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC

9th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

August 19 - 20, 2016
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

11th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

February 28 - March 1, 2016
Willard InterContinental Washington DC
Washington, DC

8th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

September 18 - 19, 2015
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

10th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

March 6 - 10, 2015
Hyatt Regency On Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

7th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

September 19 - 20, 2014
Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

9th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

March 7 - 11, 2014
Hyatt Regency On Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

6th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

October 5 - 6, 2013
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

8th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

March 10 - 12, 2013
Hyatt Regency On Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

5th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

September 22 - 23, 2012
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

7th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

March 4 - 6, 2012
Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

4th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference

September 23 - 25, 2011
Rosemont, IL

6th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

March 27 - 29, 2011
Washington, DC
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    IPAB permanently repealed in a major victory for the AACU and urology communityThe AACU is pleased to report that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) included provisions to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...

  • Graduate Medical Education and Physician Workforce Shortage

    Ensuring a Well-Trained Physician Workforce Increase Federally Funded Physician Training ProgramsRequestUrologists urge Congress to acknowledge the importance of specialty medicine and address urological workforce shortages that jeopardize patient access to care. We urge lawmakers to support...

  • The Impact of Pharmacy Benefit Managers on Access to Affordable Treatment

    Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have a significant impact on prescription drug costs and the ability of patients to obtain the medications they need in a timely and affordable manner, and yet very little is known about their role. The AACU is dedicated to working with policymakers at both the...

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

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) plays a critical role in preventive care because its recommendations dictate what preventive services many health plans must provide without cost sharing. Currently, however, the USPSTF has little accountability. Task Force members are...

  • Medical Liability Reform: Protect Physician Volunteers During National Disasters

    Protection for Physician Disaster VolunteersClinical urologists urge support for the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017, introduced in the House by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) and in the Senate by Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). This crucial legislation seeks to shield medical...

  • 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...

  • 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
  • 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...

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