The AUA works with Sections and state societies to monitor and address legislation and regulation that affects the urology community. Originally approved by the AUA Board of Directors in 2007, the State Advocacy Program is the AUA's flagship effort to encourage and support members to become effective state-level advocates for their patients and profession by:
- Actively tracking, monitoring and reporting on state level legislative and regulatory issues.
- Encouraging AUA members to build relationships with their state and federal representatives by hosting them for a tour of their practices and a discussion of relevant issues.
- Facilitating communication amongst physicians involved at the state, section, and national levels as issues arise by sharing information, contacts and communications tools.
- Encouraging members to attend state medical society's or state urological society's legislative lobbying day at the state capitol.
- Partnering physician leaders with AUA expert staff members for presentations at Section or state societies' annual meeting on a variety of health policy/legislative topics.
The AUA state legislative priorities include:
- 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
State advocacy priorities will serve as a guide for the AUA's advocacy efforts 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.