AACU News & Notes

CMS Payments Increased for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

posted: May 5, 2020
The advocacy efforts of organized medicine, including AACU, paid off on Friday when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that payments for audio-only telephone visits... Read More

State Officials Issue Guidance on the Resumption of Elective Surgery

posted: April 28, 2020
As reported in last week’s AACU and the News, state public health officials are beginning to issue guidance on the resumption of non-urgent care, including elective surgery.Most guidelines... Read More

Provider Groups Seek Relief in Next Federal Stimulus Package

posted: April 20, 2020
The AACU joined more than 40 national specialty societies in sending a letter to the Senate and House Small Business Committees urging them to include emergency financial relief and stability for... Read More

Physicians Outline Concepts to Protect Access to Care, Preserve Practice Viability

posted: April 15, 2020
In April 15, 2020, correspondence with Congressional leadership, the AACU joined more than 100 state medical associations and national specialty societies to recommend programs to include in a... Read More

HHS to Begin Immediate Delivery of Initial $30 Billion of CARES Act Provider Relief Funding

posted: April 10, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2020Contact: HHS Press Office 202-690-6343media@hhs.govToday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beginning the delivery of the initial $30... Read More

Physicians Recommend Immediate CARES Act Financial Relief

posted: April 8, 2020
In April 7, 2020, correspondence with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the AACU joined more than 100 state medical associations and national specialty... Read More

Physicians Seek Pandemic Relief in Federal Stimulus Package

posted: March 26, 2020
In March 25, 2020, correspondence with Congressional leadership, the AACU joined more than 100 state and national specialty societies to request financial assistance to help physicians sustain... Read More

COVID-19 Healthcare and Payment Policy Resources

posted: March 24, 2020
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the AACU remains committed to supporting our member physicians through advocacy and information exchange. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all that... Read More

Minnesota Legislature Considering Bills With Direct Impact on the Practice of Urology

posted: March 11, 2020
The AACU State Advocacy Network would like to direct attention to a new proposal introduced in the Minnesota Legislature concerning health insurance coverage for intermittent urinary catheters.On... Read More

White House Releases Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

posted: February 17, 2020
On February 10, the White House released its $4.8 trillion FY 2021 budget proposal. The budget, while unlikely to be fully implemented, reflects the Administration’s priorities for 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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