Ross E. Weber
Election's over: The real campaign starts now
The November election is over, but the real campaign has just begun. For urologists, that means urgent action on efforts to reverse the payment cuts mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula and the fiscal cliff, to name two immediate priorities.
AACU advocacy conference dissects urology's particular priorities
Participants in the American Association of Clinical Urologists' recent 5th Annual State Society Network Advocacy Conference took home valuable tools to improve their advocacy efforts and influence policymakers in their home state.
Incentivized sterilization gets a pass from policymakers
In the Halls of Power, Project Prevention, an incentivized sterilization program, has received a "pass." It will therefore be in the operating room where Project Prevention's solution will succeed or fail.
Success begets success: Urologists achieve legislative victories

Noted Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once mused, "Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result." Thanks to a foundation strengthened by direct and indirect participation in advocacy campaigns across the country, the urologic community secured positive policy outcomes in the first several months of 2012.

Data, relationships, and money: Key ingredients for effective advocacy
Effective advocacy depends on data, relationships, and, for lack of a better term, money.
Bill would prohibit mandatory health insurance contracts
A developing advocacy campaign in Washington state has the AACU Government Affairs team implementing the very practices described in this space and thereby urged upon urologists in seemingly ad nauseum Calls to Action.
Setting an example: PSA recommendation compels collaboration
For the protection and promotion of urologic patients and practices, we must break down artificial barriers that impede progress.
Docs and patients: Collaborate! Collaborate! Collaborate!
The future of patient-centered urologic care depends on collaboration with allied advocacy affiliates.
Summertime is no downtime, as interim committees set agenda
While very few legislatures remain in session after July 1, from late summer into early fall and beyond, so-called interim committees meet with regularity to establish much of the agenda that will be considered the next year.
'Laboratories of democracy' not generating original research
Cries of "copycat" may be heard from a chorus of voices as legislators "borrow" policy initiatives from their fellow mad scientists in the "laboratories of democracy."