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    Urologists take aim at prior auth, work force at AACU conference

    American Association of Clinical UrologistsBased on a partnership with Urology Times, articles from theAmerican Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) provide updates on legislative processes and issues affecting urologists. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact the AACU government affairs office at 847-517-1050 or [email protected] for more information.

    Leaders of more than 30 organizations representing urologists and scores more attendees came away from the 2015 AACU state advocacy conference with a better understanding of the complicated socioeconomic issues facing the profession and a resolve to not stand idly by as public policies impacting their patients and practice are developed in Washington and state houses across the country.

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    The event, now in its eighth year, brought together representatives of state, regional and subspecialty groups, many of which do not traditionally engage in political advocacy. After nearly every session, conference goers turned to one another to explain how the subject specifically affected them, or that the newfound insight would be of great value to colleagues back home.

    St. Louis urologist Jeff Glaser, MD, declared, "The meeting content far exceeded my expectations. I learned a great deal of valuable information that will help me in my practice and to advocate for our specialty."

    AACU State Society Network Chair Charles McWilliams, MD, of Oklahoma City, OK and President-elect Martin Dineen, MD, of Daytona Beach, FL designed a compact program that addressed urgent concerns, as well as emerging threats. Among these issues were the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act, physician employment and work force trends, the administrative burden of prior authorization requirements, and telemedicine.

    Early in the meeting, health care attorney Mark Rust held the audience's attention by detailing the practical impact of the ACA on the practice of medicine. Rust, counsel of record on behalf of the American Medical Association and 50 state medical societies on matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, described the pressures that are driving individual engagement, as well as industry consolidation, in the post-ACA environment. He also widened attendees' understanding of narrow networks and retail medicine.

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