Legislative Updates from the AACU

AACU on MACRA: Delay rollout, adjust low-volume thresholdThe American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) submitted comments on the post-SGR Medicare reimbursement program, MACRA, on June 27, 2016. In its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AACU expressed concern over a number of provisions that stand to negatively affect urologists in their practice of medicine and increase the cost of medical care.
Feds flex regulatory muscle on health care mergers, board authority
States attempt to limit importance of MOC"As evidenced by the flurry of activity at the state and federal levels of government, many physicians are fighting back against increasingly burdensome recertification requirements," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
Single-payer proposals crop up at state, federal levelIn the latest AACU Legislative Update, Ross E. Weber examines so-called “public options” being weighed in several states and the nation’s capital. Learn more.
Competition-stifling facility regulations scrutinized nationwideA 2016 study of certificate of need laws showed at least 20 states restrict the technology used for MRI, CT, and PET scans. Many states are now weighing proposals to reform the process by which health facility projects are reviewed, writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
Increased use of telehealth prompts heightened legislative activityIn 2015, more than 200 bills were introduced in 42 states addressing telehealth. The use of telehealth services is expected to grow from 250,000 patients in 2013 to 3.2 million in 2018. These are just some of the findings contained in an extensive report on telehealth by the National Conference of State Legislatures..
Urologists take action on worrisome definitions of 'quality'"If defining quality is left only to payers, there is cause for alarm," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
Another Obamacare legal challenge picks up steamA new challenge to Obamacare has even its most ardent supporters nervous.
Urologists take aim at prior auth, work force at AACU conferenceLeaders 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. Learn more.
Bills provide relief from meaningful use requirementsTwo federal bills, one recently passed by Congress and the other recently introduced in the House of Representatives, seek to address a common area of frustration among physicians: the federal government’s electric health records meaningful use requirements.