AACU News & Notes

Prominent Urologists Share Experience, Expertise at AACU Event

posted: November 2, 2017
A record number of urologists attended the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) 2018 State Society Network Advocacy Conference held Oct. 20-21. The inventive program included... Read More

AACU Supports Bill to Modernize Medicare Referral Law (Stark Law)

posted: November 2, 2017
In correspondence dated November 1, 2017, the AACU joined more than 20 organizations in support of H.R. 4206, the “Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2017.”Signatories detail... Read More

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline Approaching

posted: September 28, 2017
Any urologist participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record Incentive Program who is eligible for a hardship exception must submit an application no later than Sunday... Read More

AACU Participates in Medicare Red Tape Relief Project

posted: August 29, 2017
On August 25, the AACU submitted feedback to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee as part of its participation in the Medicare Red Tape Relief Project. Under this new initiative, the... Read More

AACU Comments on CMS Proposed Updates to QPP in CY 2018

posted: August 22, 2017
On August 21, the AACU submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a proposed rule to update the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2018 performance period.In... Read More

Oregon to Allow Nurse Practitioners to Perform Vasectomies

posted: June 30, 2017
On June 20, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) signed a bill into law to allow nurse practitioners to perform vasectomies.Supporters of the proposal assert that vasectomies are not qualitatively... Read More

Dr. Richard Pelman Represents AACU at 2017 AMA House of Delegates Meeting

posted: June 29, 2017
From June 10 to June 14, Richard Pelman, MD, represented the AACU at the 2017 American Medical Association House of Delegates Meeting in Chicago, where hundreds of physicians, medical students... Read More

Intraparty Disputes Stall Republicans’ Legislative Agenda

posted: June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON—The Republican-controlled Congress is struggling to overcome intraparty fissures that have been expanding since the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, threatening to derail their... Read More

AACU Joins Other Organizations in Urging Support for Defense Health Research Programs

posted: June 19, 2017
On June 8, the AACU joined a group of over 100 organizations spanning across a variety of practice areas in expressing support for the important and highly successful defense health research... Read More

Stark Law Modernization Update

posted: June 15, 2017
The AACU continues to be engaged in effort to reform the Stark law. Via the Coalition of Patient-Centered Imaging, we have been successful in getting lawmakers of both parties to agree that Stark... Read More


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Legislative Priorities
  • Proper Implementation of MACRA

    Urologists support the goals of Medicare payment reform, but Congress must monitor its implementation to ensure that the intent of MACRA is fully realized and preserved.BackgroundIn April 2015, Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (P...

  • Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board

    Urologists urge Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). We urge Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 849. We urge Senators to cosponsor S. 251 and S. 260. Each of these measures would permanently repeal the IPAB.Take ActionSend an email to Congress, requesting support for H...

  • Support Transparency and Accountability for USPSTF

    Urologists urge Congress to support legislation that promotes greater transparency and accountability from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF).  We urge representatives to cosponsor H.R. 539, the “USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017”.Take ActionSend...

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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