AACU News & Notes

Congressional Resolution Addresses Prostate Cancer Patients' Quality of Life

posted: February 12, 2015
Yesterday, U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced a resolution "Supporting Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients" (H.Res. 106). The resolution calls on Congress to... Read More

What's in a Name? Thorny Issues Remain in Copycat Legislation Addressing Med School/Residency Bottleneck

posted: February 10, 2015
Legislators in Arkansas and Oklahoma are considering measures to create a new provider license category for medical school graduates who do not matriculate to a residency program.AR HB 1162 and OK... Read More

PA Ancillary Services Referral Bill Includes "Stark Conformity"

posted: February 6, 2015
In a biennial occurrence dating back to 2009, Rep. Anthony DeLuca, Democratic Chair of the House Insurance Committee, introduced a bill yesterday to prohibit health care provider self-referral... Read More

Notable Measures — February 5, 2015

posted: February 5, 2015
Excerpt from AACU and the News. Join/Renew for access to urology-specific news and information.According to State Net, nearly 18,000 bills were introduced in state legislatures across the... Read More

Mississippi Senate to Consider "Licensure Freedom" Legislation

posted: January 23, 2015
To prevent public officials from requiring physicians to accept Medicaid or any other insurance plan, the AACU supports "Licensure Freedom" campaigns in states across the country.Since... Read More

Congress Guts the IPAB, Then Takes on Its Role

posted: December 31, 2014
As health care economists and insurance company executives gain greater control over the provision of medical services, those who assert the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, including... Read More

Congress Eliminates Medicare VES Coverage

posted: December 18, 2014
In the final days of the 113th Congress, the U.S. House and Senate hurriedly approved legislation that effectively ends Medicare coverage for vacuum erection systems (VES), an evidence-based and... Read More

Urologists Call for Wider Access to Treatments for Severe, Medically-based Erectile Dysfunction

posted: December 18, 2014
Delegates to the 2014 AMA Interim Meeting in Dallas secured support for a resolution that concludes:Whereas, at least twelve states (CA, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MO, NY, OH, TX, UT, and WA) do not cover... Read More

Fight or Flight: Why Voicing Concerns is Only the First Step

posted: December 1, 2014
Urology Times' ninth annual State of the Specialty survey compiles compelling, and sometimes conflicting, data on urologists' sense of their practice and profession. Not surprisingly, the... Read More

Notable 2014 Ballot Measures and Mid-Term Elections

posted: November 12, 2014
First, terrific news from California. A diverse coalition of patient and physician groups including the California Urological Association engaged in a year-long defense of the Medical Injury... 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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