Health Law & Policy

Virtual advocacy: A paradigm shift for urology

July 16, 2020

"Virtual or in person, what matters is... bringing our specialty’s voice directly to the people who create and enforce the policies impacting our profession," Reha writes.

State telemedicine rules relaxed during COVID-19 crisis

April 29, 2020

"In the coming days, months, and years, physicians must be vigilant about protecting patient privacy and safety and maintaining appropriate reimbursement standards," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.

Policymakers consider changes to non-compete rules

February 27, 2020

"The widely varying enforceability of non-compete clauses or restrictive covenants requires physicians to pay special attention to contract provisions related to compensation as well as competition," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.

LUGPA President Dr. Richard Harris: 2020 challenges

February 10, 2020

LUGPA President Dr. Harris discusses legislative/policy challenges in 2020.

Dr. Mara Holton discusses LUGPA's recent policy victories, upcoming challenges

February 06, 2020

Dr. Holton, vice chair of LUGPA's Health Policy Committee, spoke with Urology Times at the 2019 LUGPA annual meeting in Chicago.

Effort to reform Stark law reflects shift to value-based care

January 30, 2020

"Overall, the modifications to Stark that CMS seeks to implement represent a net win for urology and the vast majority of patients, physicians, and other health care providers," writes the AACU's Yehuda A. Sugarman.

Report urges action on physician burnout

November 20, 2019

A new report by the National Academy of Medicine urges action by government, educational institutions, and health care organizations to address the causes of physician burnout, which is experienced by up to one-half of clinicians in the U.S. and threatens patient care.

What’s your opinion of Medicare for All?

November 14, 2019

"In an ideal world, it could work pretty well. We live in a capitalistic society, however, and insurance companies are not going to voluntarily implode in order to make it easy to implement a Medicare for All system," says one urologist.

AACU annual meeting promotes advocacy, unity, political action

November 05, 2019

National politics, state advocacy issues, and innovative topics in urologic care came together as urologists from every practice setting and at varied points in their careers gathered in Washington for the AACU 2019 annual meeting.

CMS proposed rule shows room for improvement

October 10, 2019

"Overall, the 2020 Medicare payment proposal attempts to modernize the program and mitigate administrative burdens. The urologic community has identified room for improvement, however, including in the area of facilitating participation in advanced payment models," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.

Transition to value-based care requires MACRA reform

September 11, 2019

"Congress must pass Stark Law reform this year, and in coordination with CMS, engage the medical community to update MACRA so that physicians have the support they need to transition to more efficient models of care delivery and better serve Medicare patients," writes Yehuda A. Sugarman of the AACU.

Urologist elected to AMA Board of Trustees

August 26, 2019

Willie Underwood, III, MD, MSc, MPH, the Buffalo, NY urologist elected to the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees in June, believes physicians must step up and help influence governmental decisions designed to improve and expand health care for all Americans.

Uro groups offer takes on Medicare for All

August 14, 2019

Representatives from several urology organizations discuss the concept of Medicare for All.

Residency funding urgently needed to address work force shortage

August 08, 2019

"State funding for GME is becoming increasingly important in the absence of significant movement from the federal government," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.

What health care issues should presidential candidates address?

July 18, 2019

​"I would love to hear candidates talk about the astronomically ridiculous prices hospitals charge for surgeries, even outpatient surgeries," one urologist says.

Proposals to mitigate 'surprise billing' affect all physicians

July 11, 2019

"While the medical profession struggles most with administrative barriers to patient-centered care, cost transparency is at the root of the general population's distress," writes Ross E. Weber.

AUA among groups urging passage of prior authorization bill

June 25, 2019

Hassles caused by Medicare Advantage prior authorization requirements are being targeted by a coalition of medical specialty organizations and a bipartisan group of congressional representatives who are responding to their concerns.

AUA advocates for GME funding bill

June 10, 2019

In the face of President Trump’s proposed annual budget cuts of $47.9 billion for federal graduate medical education programs over the next decade, the medical profession is urging Congress to approve legislation to significantly increase federal GME support and help combat looming shortages in both primary and specialty care.

Urologist advances in race for U.S. Congress

June 10, 2019

"If elected, [Greg Murphy, MD] will become part of a de facto Congressional Urology Caucus with Neal Dunn, MD," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.

Prior authorization takes its toll on urologists

May 08, 2019

Few physicians will argue that prior authorization is an administrative headache. Now, however, there are mounting data showing that prior authorization does more harm than good.