AACU News & Notes

States Take Novel Steps to Address Work Force Shortage

posted: July 29, 2014
As policymakers learn about the burgeoning bottleneck between medical school graduation and graduate medical education (GME), a number of novel approaches to physician training have launched from... Read More

AACU Founding President Remembered in Unique Father's Day Message

posted: June 15, 2014
Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, reminisces on Father’s Day about her grandfather, AACU Founding President Charles Hoffman, MD, and father, a similarly community-minded urologist, Charles (Charlie... Read More

Urologists Score Another Victory at AMA Annual Meeting

posted: June 12, 2014
At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, the AACU and AUA secured approval for an amendment to AMA policy that implied support for the USPSTF and its recommendations.Resolution 508... Read More

ACA’s ‘Grace Period’ Shows Physician-Led Reform Must be Grassroots

posted: June 4, 2014
As policymakers pieced together what would become the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2009, a Gallup poll asked Americans who they trusted to recommend the right reforms for the... Read More

States Push Independence for NPPs: A Solution to Work Force Crisis?

posted: May 1, 2014
Of the myriad proposed solutions to physician shortages, an expanded scope of practice for non-physician providers (NPPs) can be swiftly implemented by policymakers eager for a quick fix... Read More

California Legislature Considering Patient Referral Restrictions

posted: May 1, 2014
The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development halted further consideration of SB 1215 on April 28, 2014 (1 yes, 3 no). Five members of the committee, including the chair... Read More

President Signs 'Doc-Fix' Bill, Permanent Repeal Faces Long Odds

posted: April 2, 2014
President Obama signed HR 4302 into law April 1. The new law authorizes the seventeenth temporary patch for Medicare physician payments, delays the implementation of the ICD-10 coding... Read More

Alabama Approves Licensure Freedom

posted: March 25, 2014
Inspired to act by the AACU’s Proactive State Campaign, the Alabama Legislature approved SB 22 on March 20. SB 22 prohibits tying physician licensure to participation in any public or private... Read More

ACA Plans Impose More Prior Auth, Step Therapy Restrictions Compared to Employer Plans

posted: March 24, 2014
A new analysis from Avalere Health finds that consumers purchasing insurance through exchanges are twice as likely to face utilization management controls on prescription medications compared to... Read More

Diverse Coalition Urges Key Committees to Preserve Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care

posted: March 18, 2014
The American Association of Clinical Urologists joined 29 organizations in writing to House and Senate Committees considering the 2015 federal budget and how to pay for the proposal to repeal the... 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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