February 2012
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 2

2011: Health Policy Year in Review

In 2011, the Health Policy Division not only continued its multitude of successful programs (the Urology Joint Advocacy Conference, the creation of new guidelines, and AUA Coding Today to name a few), but we also introduced many new notable achievements. see more>>

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Availability of Medicare Claims Data for Performance Measurement

Register Now for the 2012 Urology Joint Advocacy Conference

The AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) will co-sponsor the 7thAnnual 2012 Urology Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC) from March 4-6, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This year, we have moved the conference only steps away from the Capitol to make it more convenient for attendees and Members of Congress alike. This highly successful and popular conference continues to grow in stature and is the only national conference designed to teach Members of Congress about issues unique to urology. The JAC attracts numerous Members of Congress and senior legislative and federal officials and provides attendees with access and perspectives unique to Washington. Plus, Members of Congress have taken note of the growing presence of urology on Capitol Hill. 

The broken physician payment system, along with mounting regulations, remains a challenge for medicine. The legality of the individual mandate – a crux of the healthcare reform legislation – is in doubt as the Supreme Court gets ready to hear the case just several weeks after we gather in Washington. The recent recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) against PSA testing magnifies the growing power unelected officials.

For The Record

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Participation Data

On December 7, 2011, the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) conducted a briefing on the participation of healthcare providers in the 2011 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, commonly referred to as Meaningful Use (MU). 

AUA Names New Health Policy Vice Chair

Christopher Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, after an open and competitive process, has been selected as the next Health Policy Vice Chair.  He will begin this position following the conclusion of the 2012 AUA Annual Meeting, when current Health Policy Chair Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA, steps down and David F. Penson, MD, MPH, ascends from Vice Chair to Health Policy Chair.  Dr. Gonzalez was selected by a Board-appointed task force led by AUA President-Elect Dennis A. Pessis, MD.