Promotion of strategies for the repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula and preservation of access to appropriate PSA screening are among the AUA’s top legislative priorities for 2014, the association announced.
Promotion of strategies for the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and preservation of access to appropriate PSA screening are among the AUA’s top legislative priorities for 2014, the association announced.
The priorities were based on a survey of the AUA membership. The AUA’s Board of Directors approved the priorities during its annual winter meeting earlier this month.
“The AUA invested in engaging its members in the development of this list through a series of focus groups and in-depth online surveys to ensure that its priorities reflected urologists’ needs and concerns. While some items are issues for which we’ve been advocating for quite some time, others are new to the list, including medical liability reform and research funding,” said AUA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair James C. Ulchaker, MD.
More than 700 members participated in the research phase of this initiative, which included a qualitative survey, fielded in the fall of 2013.
This year’s list of priorities includes:
“In recent months, Congress has made exciting progress on many key issues important to urologists, and we are hopeful that 2014 will offer more opportunities for significant change. We look forward to advancing these issues with lawmakers on behalf of the AUA membership,” Dr. Ulchaker said.
The AUA’s list of legislative priorities guides the association’s activities on Capitol Hill and is reviewed and updated regularly. In 2013, one of the AUA’s legislative priorities, urotrauma, was addressed by Congress and included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014.
In the March 2014 issue of Urology Times, look for UT Washington correspondent Bob Gatty’s in-depth analysis of the AUA’s legislative priorities for 2014.
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