The AUA is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology and works on behalf of its members and their patients. Our legislative priorities were developed by the Legislative Affairs Committee using input from an Association-wide survey of members and sister society leaders. This list was approved by the AUA Board of Directors in May 2016.
The legislative priorities include the following:
- Preserve access to appropriate prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening.
- Reform the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation process.
- Preserve the use of the in-office ancillary services exception (IOASE) to the Stark Law when appropriate.
- Address workforce shortages in all urologic practice environments, preserve access to timely and appropriate care, and advocate for increased graduate medical education (GME) funding and resources for urology positions.
- Minimize the negative impact of Meaningful Use/Electronic Health Records regulations.
- Address the 90-day grace period for recipients of advanced payments in the health insurance marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act.
- Promote urology/cancer research funding.
- Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board or modify the current law to provide for Congressional oversight of their decisions, appointment of practicing physicians, and review by medical specialty societies.
- Promote medical liability reform.
- Promote bladder health initiatives at the federal and state levels.
- Identify and support programs that effectively address Part B drug costs without impacting patient care and advocate for proper stakeholder input in policy development.
The AUA 2016 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.