AACU News & Notes

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

Drug Importation: Shortsighted and Ineffective

posted: June 5, 2017
After storming onto the scene following a few highly publicized controversies, the cost of prescription drugs continues to be at the forefront of the health care debate in America, and for good... Read More

Urologists Support Multidisciplinary Team Approach to DSD Decisions

posted: June 1, 2017
A bill was introduced to the Nevada State Legislature that would prohibit a physician from participating in a surgery on an intersex child without their consent – the impact being that there... Read More

Groups Representing Urologists Comment on Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation

posted: May 8, 2017
On May 8, 2017 more than two dozen professional organizations representing specialty physicians joined the AACU in signing a joint letter commenting on the draft U.S. Preventative Services Task... Read More

AACU Comments on USPSTF Draft Recommendation on Prostate Cancer Screening

posted: May 8, 2017
On May 8, the AACU submitted comments to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding its draft recommendation statement for prostate cancer screening.In short, the draft... Read More

Policymakers Consider Intersex Surgical Standards

posted: May 5, 2017
Proposals to regulate treatment of sex development differences threaten to further confuse patients and physicians. Too often, urologists fail to make their voices heard when policymakers consider... Read More

Urge Congress to Repeal IPAB Before It’s Too Late

posted: May 3, 2017
On April 27, the AACU joined over 650 organizations representing all sectors of health care in a letter to Congress urging them to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Given that... Read More

Prostate Cancer Community Responds To New Recommendation For Prostate Cancer Testing

posted: April 17, 2017
Today, a coalition of 16 physician and patient groups responded to the Draft Recommendation Statement on Prostate Cancer Screening issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF... Read More

USPSTF Upgrades Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation, Urges Individualized Decisions

posted: April 11, 2017
Urologists acknowledge improvement, continue to caution against tying test to “active treatment”The American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) released the following statement... Read More

OR: AACU Comments on Increasing the Number of Physicians in Oregon

posted: April 7, 2017
In electronic correspondence, the AACU today urged the Oregon House Committee on Health Care to consider adding “surgical specialists” to the list of residency programs eligible for... 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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