100% of AACU resources are committed to protecting the interests of your patients and practice.
The AACU exists to preserve and promote the professional autonomy and financial viability of each of our members.
  • Advocate for the best interests of patients and urologists
  • Advance suitable laws and regulations affecting the future of urology
  • Coach urologists on effective communications strategies
  • Urge government officials to adopt appropriate health policies 

Membership Statement

The AACU is the only national organization of urologists whose main focus is health policy. The AACU exists to preserve and promote the professional autonomy and financial viability of each of our members 100% of AACU resources are committed to protecting the interests of your patients and practice. Become a member today and join almost 4,000 colleagues.

AACU Benefits

  • Complimentary or reduced registration for AACU conferences.
  • Subscription to AACU and the News, the organization's weekly news round-up and the AACU Sentinel, a newsletter published online and in print three times per year.
  • Swift and aggressive mobilization on state and federal issues that affect the practice of urology.
  • Action Alerts that facilitate communication with State Legislators, Governors, Members of Congress and Executive Agency Staff.
  • Policy updates to promote a greater understanding of complex public policy processes.
  • featuring breaking news affecting urology and the medical community at-large.
  • The AACU State Advocacy Network allowing urologists to learn from campaigns launched across the country.
  • Dedicated AACU staff leveraging extensive lobbying, grassroots mobilization and relationship-building experience.

Membership Categories

The American Association of Clinical Urologists shall consist of urologists who practice their profession in the United States of America and its territorial dependencies or urologists who are citizens of other countries and who hold membership in the American Urological Association or one of its sections.

Membership categories are as follows:

  1. Active Membership: Active membership in this Association shall be restricted to physicians specializing in the practice of Urology.
  2. Senior Membership: Senior membership may be conferred upon Active Members who retire from practice.
  3. Candidate Membership: Candidate membership shall consist of:
    1. Residents serving full-time in an approved Residency Program in Urology and who have been recommended by the Chief of this training program.
    2. Physicians in practice or research or teaching for no longer than 3 years.
  4. Affiliate Membership: Affiliate Membership shall consist of:
    1. Physicians in related fields of medicine and science who cannot qualify for Active or Candidate Membership.
    2. Non-physicians who, by their professional or personal accomplishments have contributed significantly to medicine in general or the specialty of urology in particular.
  5. Allied Membership: Allied Membership in this Association shall consist of nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is related to the practice of Urology.
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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