AACU News & Notes

Urologists' Hill visits result in support for key bills

posted: March 16, 2017

Right on the heels of another successful round of meetings on Capitol Hill during the 2017 Joint Advocacy Conference in Washington (Gallery), many elected officials have signed on as cosponsors to four federal bills central to Urology’s legislative priorities.

In an effort to encourage the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), urologists urged Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 849 and Senators to cosponsor S. 251 (Democrat version) and S. 260 (Republican version), all of which would permanently repeal the IPAB. Between March 1 and March 17, 18 Members of Congress signed on to H.R. 849, while 2 Senators joined their respective party's version in the upper chamber.

Another top legislative priority for Urology is reforming the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and preserving access to PSA-based prostate cancer screening. As such, urologists urged Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 539 , the "USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017." Reps. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH-2] and Evan Jenkins [R-WV-3] joined on as cosponsors to the bill in the days following urologists' visits to the Hill.

Even though the 2017 Joint Advocacy Conference has come to a close, efforts to lobby Congress about these important bills are far from over. With the April Congressional recess just weeks away, the AACU encourages urologists to continue lobbying their Representatives and Senators in their home towns.

Keep applying pressure...Please contact the AACU and UROPAC so staff can help schedule a visit with your Representative or Senator at your own practice or a brief meeting at a local coffee shop.

AACU/UROPAC staff will prepare you for these meetings by providing background information on the elected official and details on Urology’s federal priorities for the year.

Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board

H.R.849 — Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ-9]
  • Rep. Edward Royce, [R-CA-3]
  • Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA-7]
  • Rep. Brian Mast [R-FL-18]
  • Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY-4]
  • Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE-1]
  • Rep. Jacky Rosen [D-NV-3]
  • Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC-8]
  • Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC-7]
  • Rep. Bob Gibbs [R-OH-7]
  • Rep. Ryan A. Costello [R-PA-6]
  • Rep. Kristi L. Noem [R-SD-At Large]
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN-7]
  • Rep. Beto O'Rourke [D-TX-16]
  • Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX-36]
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA-9]
  • Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA-10]
  • Rep. Evan Jenkins [R-WV-3]

Complete List | Bill Text/Status

S.251 — Protecting Medicare from Executive Action Act of 2017
  • Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]

Complete List | Bill Text/Status

S.260 — Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017
  • Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]

Complete List | Bill Text/Status

Support Transparency and Accountability for the USPSTF

H.R.539 — USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017
  • Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH-2] 
  • Rep. Evan Jenkins [R-WV-3]

Complete List | Bill Text/Status

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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