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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Resources

posted: September 13, 2016

Throughout Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, urologists distinguish themselves within the medical profession for their commitment to civic engagement and patient education. Charity events, speaking engagements and community clinic hours dominate many schedules as summer comes to a close.

Unique opportunities to promote prostate cancer screening and gain support for important legislation demands your attention before the national spotlight on many urologists' daily work dims.

The AACU Prostate Cancer Detection Advocacy Resource Center features patient education materials and draft emails to members of Congress on essential reforms to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Action on this legislation is vitally important as the committee of general practitioners and public health officials reconsiders its 2012 recommendation against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer.

Patient Education Materials Available to Download

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At the recent AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference, then President-elect Charles McWilliams, MD, spoke to the importance of patient advocacy and launched a prostate cancer early detection campaign. As the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force prepares an updated prostate cancer screening recommendation, Dr. McWilliams urged urologists to engage their patients with educational materials and advocacy post cards available on site and online. The AACU Prostate Cancer Detection Advocacy Resource Center includes infographics and template letters urologists may share with patients and the larger community.

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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