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    AUA pursues revised priorities on Capitol Hill

    Inclusion of telemedicine among new additions to list

    Bob GattyBob GattyHundreds of urologists visited Capitol Hill last month as part of the Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC), where they met with members of Congress on key issues affecting health care, urology, and urology practices. They did so at a historic time, as lawmakers sought to enact Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    While the outcome of ACA reform will have a profound impact on health care overall, urologists targeted a list of specific priorities that range from preserving access to PSA screening to reforming the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established under the ACA.

    AUA releases legislative priorities

    Just prior to the JAC, the AUA’s Board of Directors approved a revised list of federal legislative priorities, which helped guide discussions by urologists as they met with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate during the Capitol Hill lobbying event.

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    Submitted to the AUA Board by the association’s Legislative Affairs Committee with input from the Public Policy Council, the new list of legislative priorities was aided by a survey of domestic AUA organizations and six other urologic organizations.

    “The biennial legislative priorities survey offered the committee tremendous insight into what specific issues members hope the AUA will focus on during this new Congress and administration,” said Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Jim Ulchaker, MD. “It was no surprise that ensuring access to prostate-specific antigen screening and reforming the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force grading process continued to be rated highly, but there also was real concern shown by our members with their ongoing ability to treat patients after the diagnosis of serious urologic conditions.”

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    Bob Gatty
    Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.

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