This year’s AUA annual meeting will feature a wide selection of sessions and courses focused on current topics in health care policy, socioeconomic issues, and practice management, according to Jeffrey E. Kaufman, MD, a urologist in private practice in Santa Ana, CA.
“It wasn’t long ago that the AUA was extremely resistant to suggestions to add health policy content to the annual meeting. How times have changed,” Dr. Kaufman told Urology Times. “Reviewing the 2016 agenda reflects the enormous interest resulting from the Affordable Care Act and last year’s Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Even topics that narrowly focus on the science, technique, or technology of urology often include a value dimension related to cost or quality.”
Some of the meeting’s highlights in health policy and practice management, according to Dr. Kaufman, include the following:
- The 2-day Practice Management Conference (separate registration) offered Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6, discusses adapting new business models (accountable care organizations, surgical medical homes, registries, and implications of MACRA on quality reporting and reimbursement).
- Thomas Stringer, MD, will direct a presentation on physician contract negotiations on Saturday, May 7.
- Many new models emphasize integration of non-physician providers, and a course addressing that topic will be led by Claus G. Roehrborn, MD, on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
- Coding trends and updates will be covered on Monday, May 9 in a course directed by Ronald Kaufman, Jr., MD.
- “Male Health: Strategies for Managing Lifelong Wellness” is a Sunday afternoon course directed by Richard Pelman, MD. It will emphasize prevention in men’s health, as urologists transition from treating disease to preserving wellness.
- Several presentations on medicolegal litigation will be held on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
- Finally, the AUA/American Association of Clinical Urologists-sponsored Health Policy Forum on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. will explore physician response to narrow networks as well as the Kaiser experience with bundled, comprehensive population health management.