AACU News & Notes

Congress Adjourns for Two Weeks, Consider In-State Meeting

posted: April 6, 2017

The U.S. House and Senate will soon begin a two-week recess. Both chambers are expected to return the week of April 24. During this break, legislators will be back in their home districts. This will be a great time to reach out and meet with your elected officials. Many will be holding town hall meetings that you should attend. It's also a chance to invite them to your clinic to meet with you, or just join them for coffee. This week can be great for grassroots contacts to share your thoughts. 

The AACU has developed tools to facilitate this process and UROPAC staff stand ready to contact candidates’ campaign offices to find out about local events and possibly even schedule a meeting at your office.

Schedule an in-district meeting

You don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with your member of Congress — meetings can be held right in your hometown. When legislators return to their home districts, this is your opportunity to speak with them face-to-face about the critical issues affecting the urologic community. Read more...

Host a facility visit

There is no substitute for the powerful message you send when you invite your elected and appointed officials to your practice to see firsthand the quality of care that you provide and the satisfaction of your patients. Read more...

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Legislative Priorities
  • Proper Implementation of MACRA

    Urologists support the goals of Medicare payment reform, but Congress must monitor its implementation to ensure that the intent of MACRA is fully realized and preserved.BackgroundIn April 2015, Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (P...

  • Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board

    Urologists urge Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). We urge Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 849. We urge Senators to cosponsor S. 251 and S. 260. Each of these measures would permanently repeal the IPAB.Take ActionSend an email to Congress, requesting support for H...

  • Support Transparency and Accountability for USPSTF

    Urologists urge Congress to support legislation that promotes greater transparency and accountability from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF).  We urge representatives to cosponsor H.R. 539, the “USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017”.Take ActionSend...

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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