Newly elected AUA President Sushil S. Lacy, MD, discusses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead

August 1, 2011

Newly elected AUA President Sushil S. Lacy, MD, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing urologists.

Q What are the main issues or concerns that you see as important to the AUA and its membership over the next year?

A As you know, today's health care climate is nothing like it was in the past, and physicians in all specialties are facing significant challenges: prohibitive regulations, declining reimbursements, dwindling research dollars, and changes in education and certification. These are all very important issues facing not just urologists, but all physicians.

A This law is not in favor of urologists practicing good medicine. It defeats access to integrated care, which essentially provides patients with a "one-stop shop" for their medical care. I think the law that went into effect in Maryland, as well as similar laws being considered in Oregon and Florida, which would prohibit practices from referring a patient for imaging services to another physician in his or her group practice, need to be stopped.