Legislative Updates from the AACU

Lawmakers take divergent paths on referral laws"In recent years, lawmakers in several states considered legislation to conform their laws and exceptions to those outlined in the Stark law," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
Congressional retirements promise to make waves"No matter the most accurate interpretation of the current spate of retirements, the volume of vacancies promises to alter the political calculus in Washington," writes the AACU's Brian Henderson.
Tax law may threaten Medicare, provider pay"Perhaps the biggest Medicare reform concern for urologists is the potential for provider reimbursements cuts, a threat that has continued to loom over the health care community for some time," writes the AACU's Ally Lopshire.
Urologists, lawmakers share experience, expertise at AACU event
Senate takes aim at pharmacy benefit managers’ role in rising drug costsA recently proposed bill “offers transparency measures that provide stakeholders further elucidation of how money moves through the pharmaceutical supply chain,” writes the AACU’s Brian Henderson.
Statewide tests on the role of MOC multiply
QPP implementation: CMS has begun to listenWhile CMS has demonstrated an ability to listen to providers’ concerns about QPP implementation, many issues still need to be addressed and urologists must continue to be vocal.
Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursement
Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursementTelemedicine may provide urologists with enhanced care and unique benefits—or risks—depending on the specifics of the laws that pass.
Drug importation: Shortsighted and ineffectiveWhile drug importation may sound like a good option to reduce drug costs, the potential can of worms it could create isn’t worth it, the AACU’s Ally Lopshire writes.
Policymakers consider intersex surgical standardsOrganizations that promote national medical policy standards and lawmakers in several states have recently considered proposals that would direct scrutiny upon surgical procedures undertaken in infancy to assign or confirm gender.