AACU News & Notes

Urology Times: Residency Funding Urgently Needed to Address Work Force Shortage

posted: August 13, 2019
Federal policymakers nipped at the edges of the GME funding problem via appropriations to other agencies…but a few dozen slots here and there will not keep up with retirements and the health... Read More

State Advocacy Trends Discussed at AMA Roundtable

posted: August 8, 2019
The AACU sent state affairs staff to a mid-summer event where representatives of most state medical associations and specialty societies came together to discuss legislative and regulatory trends... Read More

Prostate Cancer Awareness Promoted by State Lawmakers

posted: August 8, 2019
In 2019, legislators in 10 states approved resolutions that promote prostate cancer awareness. The AACU State Advocacy Network stands ready to work with state societies and individual urologists to... Read More

Meet with Your Legislator This August

posted: August 2, 2019
For the next five weeks, members of Congress will be in their home districts for their annual “district work period”, which is our opportunity to schedule meetings with them to discuss... Read More

AACU Pushes for Arbitration in “Surprise Billing” Legislation

posted: July 17, 2019
The AACU sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday urging the committee to incorporate provisions in the No Surprises Act (H.R. 3630) that will ensure urologists receive... Read More

Urology Times: Proposals to Mitigate “Surprise Billing” Affect All Physicians

posted: July 15, 2019
As a result, barely a week goes by without a congressional hearing on drug pricing or a state legislature considering how to shed light on the true cost of health care services. Read More

AACU Supports Study of Drug Supply Chain

posted: July 1, 2019
The AACU, through membership in the Alliance for Transparent and Affordable Prescriptions, expressed support for the Prescription Pricing for the People Act (S. 1277) which is intended to... Read More

Urologists Impact Professional Standards at AMA Annual Meeting

posted: June 26, 2019
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates brought together more than 1,000 physicians representing state medical associations, specialty societies, and related organizations to... Read More

CMS Proposes Part D Prior Authorization Standards to Reduce Administrative Burden

posted: June 18, 2019
On June 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update the prior authorization process for Medicare Part D:Under the proposed change, clinicians... Read More

Compounding Standards’ Scope Reduced, State Pharmacy Boards May Act Independently

posted: June 17, 2019
On June 13, the American Medical Association alerted the community to important developments concerning standards for safe compounding practices.The new Chapter 797 includes significant changes... 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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