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February 2011
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 2
Table of Contents
James C. Ulchaker, MD, Named 2011-2012 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar
Important Reminder about the AUA Health Policy Brief
For the Record
AUA Health Policy Committee Fall Meetings
Coding Corner: What is the proper way to code a transurethral resection of bladder neck?
The 2010 Elections and the Year Ahead
AUA Delegates Attend AMA House of Delegates Meeting
AUA Comments on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
AUA Coding & Reimbursement Committee Meeting
AUA Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting
AUA Practice Guidelines Committee Meeting
AUA Practice Management Committee Meeting
AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee Meeting
CMS Releases HOPPS/ASC Final Rule
Register Now for the 2011 Urology Joint Advocacy Conference
MedPAC Meets to Discuss 2010 Payment Updates for Medicare Providers, Suppliers
Cut to 2011 Conversion Factor
Samuel B. Broaddus, MD, FACS, Receives Prestigious Surgical Volunteerism Award for International Outreach
Congressional Visits to Urology Offices
UROPAC Reaches $1 Million Milestone for 2009-2010 Election Cycle


James C. Ulchaker, MD, Named 2011-2012 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar

The Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program Selection Committee is pleased to announce the selection of James Ulchaker, MD, as the 2011-2012 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar. He is the fifth urologist to receive this honor.

The Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program, created in honor of former AUA Executive Director G. James Gallagher, is designed to train the next generation of urologists for leadership positions in health policy. Scholars spend a full year engaged in critical seminars, conferences and meetings at the national level; receive mentoring from senior AUA physicians; and participate in a week-long health policy seminar for surgeons at Brandeis University, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. Scholars also engage in other activities that ensure their immersion in and understanding of health policy issues important to urology.

Dr. Ulchaker graduated from Baldwin Wallace College and Case Western University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has subsequently been on the Cleveland Clinic’s staff in the section of Urologic Oncology/Prostate Center for 14 years. The majority of his research has been in the field of new technologies associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer, as well as biodegradable urethral stents and bladder cancer tumor markers.

Additionally, Dr. Ulchaker has been active in organized urology. He has served as president of both the Cleveland Urological Society and the Ohio Urological Society, as well as chair of the AUA’s Young Urologists Committee. He currently serves as one of the AUA North Central Section’s representatives to the AUA’s Health Policy Council and as vice chair of the AUA Legislative Affairs Committee.

The Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program Selection Committee is chaired by AUA Health Policy Chair Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA, and is composed of all the chairs of the Health Policy-reporting committees.

“The Selection Committee was impressed with Dr. Ulchaker’s background and dedication to the AUA and our profession,” said Dr. Schlossberg. “There are tremendous professional demands on young urologists, and it is truly impressive when one carves out time to devote to organized urology. The opportunities afforded to him as the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar will certainly enrich his professional experience and benefit the AUA in the years to come.”

“The talent and experience of this year’s applicants were remarkable, which made the committee’s selection difficult. We have been very fortunate over the program’s five-year history to have such a qualified pool from which to choose. Each year the applicants bring more knowledge, diversity and understanding to the program. I hope this continues in the years to come,” said Dr. Schlossberg.

The past Gallagher Health Policy Scholars are:

David F. Penson, MD, MPH, 2007-2008
J. Quentin Clemens, MD, MSCI, 2008-2009
Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH, 2009-2010
Christopher Gonzalez, MD, MBA, 2010-2011

Click here to watch Dr. Ulchaker share his health policy experiences.

For more information about the AUA Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program, click here.