Legislative Updates from the AACU

Vasectomy scrutinized in contraception, scope of practice campaignsThe Affordable Care Act's controversial contraceptive coverage mandate requires most private health plans to provide cost-free coverage of female contraception. Reproductive health advocates in many states are pressing for new laws that include vasectomy in those covered services.
New HHS Secretary Dr. Price promises physician-friendly reformsTom Price, MD, would play a key role in repealing the Affordable Care Act and making significant changes to Medicare if confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Urologist elected to House, while docs’ numbers in Congress dropIn the 2016 elections, a urologist was elected to the House of Representatives but overall physician representation in Congress has declined to just 3%.
Update: States limit the role of specialty certificationResponding to physicians’ data-driven arguments, including a December 2014 JAMA study showing maintenance of certification (MOC) programs do not improve patient outcomes (JAMA 2014; 312:2348-57), state legislators proposed several new laws in 2016.
AACU conference assembles 'urology advocacy armada'Facing uncertainty in Medicare and increasing regulatory and insurer burdens, the leaders of organizations representing urologists across the country gathered in mid-August for the 9th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference.
Federal agencies consider telehealth, scope of practice proposalsIn an effort to increase access to health care providers for members of the military and veterans, federal agencies are seeking ways to expand telemedicine and practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
AACU on MACRA: Delay rollout, adjust low-volume thresholdThe American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) submitted comments on the post-SGR Medicare reimbursement program, MACRA, on June 27, 2016. In its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AACU expressed concern over a number of provisions that stand to negatively affect urologists in their practice of medicine and increase the cost of medical care.
Feds flex regulatory muscle on health care mergers, board authority
States attempt to limit importance of MOC"As evidenced by the flurry of activity at the state and federal levels of government, many physicians are fighting back against increasingly burdensome recertification requirements," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
Single-payer proposals crop up at state, federal levelIn the latest AACU Legislative Update, Ross E. Weber examines so-called “public options” being weighed in several states and the nation’s capital. Learn more.