AACU News & Notes

State Laws Impose Consent Standards for Physical Exams

posted: July 24, 2020
Starting in 2004, states began passing laws mandating consent standards for pelvic examinations under anesthesia. As of June 2020, 14 states have such laws (Fig. A), and 19 others considered new or... Read More

California Proposal Further Disadvantages Independent Practices

posted: July 24, 2020
Following the lead of several states including Connecticut and Washington, legislators in California are considering a bill to grant the state Attorney General absolute authority to cancel proposed... Read More

Coronavirus Provider Protection Act (H.R. 7059)

posted: July 7, 2020
On May 28, Reps. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) and Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced the “Coronavirus Provider Protection Act” (H.R. 7059) to address the growing threat of medical liability lawsuits... Read More

AACU Supports Extension of NJ Telemedicine Expansion

posted: June 22, 2020
In testimony submitted in advance of a June 23, 2020, New Jersey Assembly Health Committee hearing, the AACU expressed support for legislation to require that reimbursement for telemedicine and... Read More

National Coalition Calls for Intended Application of Co-Pay Assistance

posted: June 17, 2020
click for larger viewIn June 15, 2020, correspondence with New York legislators, the AACU and coalition-members bring attention to the fact that payer co-pay accumulator programs “make it... Read More

AACU Supports Federal Provider Liability Reforms

posted: June 11, 2020
In June 9, 2020, correspondence with Congressional leadership, the AACU and members of the Federation of Medicine called for targeted and limited liability protections for physicians, other health... Read More

AACU, Rehab Medicine Specialists Oppose Medicare Scope of Practice Expansion

posted: June 11, 2020
In June 11, 2020, correspondence with CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the AACU joined a large coalition to voice concerns with a proposed change to Medicare scope of practice requirements in the FY... Read More

AMA House of Delegates Convenes for Special Meeting

posted: June 9, 2020
A Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) was held June 7, 2020, to conduct essential business that would have been addressed at its 2020 Annual Meeting, which was suspended by the... Read More

Louisiana Legislature Considering Reforms to Step Therapy / Fail First Requirements

posted: May 26, 2020
The AACU and the AACU State Advocacy Network recently commented on legislation progressing through the Louisiana State Legislature that would reform the state’s step therapy / fail first law... Read More

Advocates Urge Louisiana to Reform “Fail First” Mandate

posted: May 13, 2020
In May 12, 2020, correspondence with Louisiana lawmakers, the AACU joined fellow providers and patient advocates to support reforms to the state’s requirements for step therapy, a payer... Read More


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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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