Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
Prostate cancer research: Officials say funding must improve
Prostate cancer research deserves the same level of government commitment that other forms of cancer receive, even those that affect young children.
Joint Advocacy Group states its case to Congress
In mid-March, 130 urologists convened in Washington at the fourth annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference sponsored by AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU), an initiative intended to educate policymakers about the important role urologists play in health care as well as their specific public policy concerns.
Health care reform aims at physician payment system
President Obama's 2010 budget proposal, with its $630 billion down payment on health care reform over the next decade, appears to contain significant good news for urologists, but never has it been more true: the devil is in the details.
American Urological Association advocates interests in stimulus, health care bills
AUA lobbyists face huge challenges on Capitol Hill involving four issues important to urologists.
Urologists take a stand on Medicare Payment Advisory Commission payment proposal
As the Obama administration and the 111th Congress move forward on health care reform, increased sentiment for finding ways to support primary care physicians appears to be building. Unfortunately, urologists and other specialists could be asked to ante up.
Health care reform 'Call to Action': Mixed bag for urologists
The outline of health care reform under the Obama presidency is beginning to take shape. While there will be positive developments for urologists, there are also areas of potential concern.
Health care reformers test 'medical home' service model
With a new Congress powered by Democrats and a new Democratic president, sweeping actions affecting health care policy and, particularly, Medicare can be expected in 2009.
Urologist's 'declaration' calls for health care equality in U.S.
Willie Underwood, III, MD, MSci, MPH, a member of AUA's Legislative Workgroup, was to help the CBC develop its recommendations to Congress for national health care reform.
American Urological Association launches initiative to expand Washington presence
Efforts are under way to make certain urologists' voices are heard when the new Congress convenes in January and considers legislation that will dramatically affect their practices and patients.
'Sunshine Act' heats up debate over imaging self-referral
Thepractice of physicians generating revenue from imaging services to which they refer their patients has come under federal scrutiny.