The AUA is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology and works at both the federal and state level on behalf of its members and their patients. Our legislative priorities were developed using input from an Association-wide survey of members and sister society leaders. Federal and state priorities were developed by the Legislative Affairs and State Advocacy committees, respectively. Both sets of priorities were approved by the AUA Board of Directors in December 2018.
2019 Federal Legislative Priorities
- Preserve access to appropriate prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening.
- Reform the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation process.
- Promote medical liability reform.
- Preserve the appropriate use of the in-office ancillary services exception (IOASE) to the Stark Law and work to remove barriers that prevent urologists from participating in value-based payment models.
- Address workforce shortages in all urologic access practice environments, preserve access to appropriate and timely care, expand access to care with innovations including telemedicine, and advocate for increased graduate medical education (GME) funding and resources for urology positions.
- Reduce regulatory burdens (e.g., MACRA implementation, prior authorizations, step-therapy) and other issues that limit patient access to care, interfere with the physician-patient relationship, or cause physician burnout.
- Promote urology/cancer research funding.
- Advocate for the full continuum of care for prostate cancer survivorship.
- Ensure equitable infertility care for wounded warriors and veterans.
- Support traditional medical liability reform efforts.
- Promote efforts that support adequate insurance networks.
- Support state efforts to reduce the burden of prior authorization.
- Support access to prostate cancer screening.
- Support legislation and regulation that maintains the physician led care team.
- Preserve appropriate use of the in-office ancillary services exemption (IOASE) to the federal Stark law and support legislation that allows appropriate participation in alternative payment models.
- Support legislative and regulatory efforts to expand meaningful patient access to telemedicine services.
- Support legislative and regulatory efforts to minimize disruption of patient access to care from United States Pharmacopeia Chapter 800 Handling of Hazardous Drugs Guidance.
The AUA 2019 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 Legislative & Political Affairs Department at legislativeaffairs@AUAnet.org.