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Urology Times.Based on a partnership with Urology Times, articles from the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) provide updates on legislative processes and issues affecting urologists. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact the AACU government affairs office at (847) 517-1050 or info@aacuweb.org for more information.

JAC 2016 Identifies Opportunities for Urologist Engagement

posted: March 18, 2016
As president of the American Association of Clinical Urologists, I am proud to lead a vital organization of dedicated physicians during a period of profound change.Government regulations and payer... Read More

Competition-Stifling Facility Regulations Scrutinized Nationwide

posted: February 8, 2016
In 1964, New York lawmakers enacted the first state statute granting regulators the power to determine a community's "need" for new hospitals and nursing homes. Ten years later, the... Read More

Urologists Take Action on Worrisome Definitions of “Quality”

posted: December 1, 2015
Health care reform requires the simultaneous pursuit of three goals, according to economists and government officials. As defined by these non-medical experts, the so-called "triple aim"... Read More

Urologists Take Aim at Prior Auth, Work Force at AACU Conference

posted: October 1, 2015
Leaders of more than 30 organizations representing urologists and scores more attendees came away from the 2015 AACU state advocacy conference with a better understanding of the complicated... Read More

States Address Payer Interference with Physicians' Orders

posted: August 1, 2015
In nearly every survey of physician sentiment, doctors cite administrative burdens associated with payer relations as distracting from patient care and the performance of their chosen profession... Read More

Urology's Advocacy Priorities: One Down, Four to Go

posted: May 1, 2015
Two bills have been introduced to repeal the IPAB. In the House, H.R. 1190 is considered bipartisan, with 196 Republican and 19 Democrat co-sponsors. The Senate's version of the "... Read More

The Fate of SGR Repeal Rests with the Senate

posted: April 1, 2015
Congress can act quickly...when it wants to.In early March, as urologists were preparing to attend the 10th annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC), co-hosted by the AACU and AUA, the word... Read More

Work Force Proposals May Endanger Patient Safety, Professional Standards

posted: March 1, 2015
In the AACU's Work Force Shortage Solutions series, published on UrologyTimes.com throughout 2014, various proposals to address the specialist physician shortage were introduced to readers with... Read More

Congress Guts the IPAB, Then Takes on Its Role

posted: December 31, 2014
As health care economists and insurance company executives gain greater control over the provision of medical services, those who assert the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, including... Read More

Fight or Flight: Why Voicing Concerns is Only the First Step

posted: December 1, 2014
Urology Times' ninth annual State of the Specialty survey compiles compelling, and sometimes conflicting, data on urologists' sense of their practice and profession. Not surprisingly, 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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