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2013 AUA Legislative Priorities
The AUA, a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, recently announced the 2013 Board-approved legislative priorities. The policy issues are organized into three categories: issues the AUA will advocate on independently; issues the AUA will work on through coalitions; and issues the AUA will monitor. AUA legislative priorities are prepared by the members of the Legislative Affairs Committee every November. They are then delivered to the AUA Board of Directors for review and final approval.
The following is a list of the priorities:
AUA Lead Issues:
- Promotion of appropriate prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening and reform of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation processes.
- Address workforce shortages in all urologic practice environments (i.e., community and academic practice), preserve access to timely and appropriate care, and advocate for increased graduate medical education (GME) funding and resources for urology positions
- Preservation of appropriate use of in-office ancillary exception (IOAE)
- Advancement of urotrauma legislation and resources for veterans and active duty service members
- Monitoring of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation/legislation/regulation for its impact on urologists
- Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) or modification of the current law to provide for Congressional oversight of their decisions, appointment of practicing physicians, and review by medical specialty societies.
- Elimination of the sustainable growth rate (SGR)
- Monitor models of care related to Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and their impact on urological practices
- Monitor the payment models concerning bundling of payments
- Monitor value-based purchasing for physician specific and broader system perspective
- Prevention of federal and state legislation that attempts to tie provider participation in public or private payment programs to licensure
- Advocate for the fair implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT)/Meaningful Use to provide the maximum amount of benefit, safety, and confidentiality to both the patient and the provider
- Monitor proposed Food & Drug Administration reforms to mitigate their impact on urological practices
- Advocate for appropriate transparency and accountability in USPSTF recommendations and the recommendation process (e.g. H.R. 5998)
- Advocate for a fair payment structure for specialty medicine
Issue to Monitor:
- Promotion of patient safety and as it relates to scope of practice for non-physician providers (Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants, etc.)
- Promotion of medical liability reform
- Implementation of ICD 10 (and ICD 11) and its effects on the practice of urology
The AUA 2013 legislative priorities will serve as a guide for the AUA’s advocacy efforts at both the state and federal levels, but do not limit or restrict the policy issues the AUA may consider. For more information or to learn how to become involved, contact the Government Relations and Advocacy Department at GovernmentRelations@AUAnet.org.