Legislative Updates from the AACU

Urologist elected to House, while docs’ numbers in Congress dropIn the 2016 elections, a urologist was elected to the House of Representatives but overall physician representation in Congress has declined to just 3%.
Update: States limit the role of specialty certificationResponding to physicians’ data-driven arguments, including a December 2014 JAMA study showing maintenance of certification (MOC) programs do not improve patient outcomes (JAMA 2014; 312:2348-57), state legislators proposed several new laws in 2016.
AACU conference assembles 'urology advocacy armada'Facing uncertainty in Medicare and increasing regulatory and insurer burdens, the leaders of organizations representing urologists across the country gathered in mid-August for the 9th Annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference.
Federal agencies consider telehealth, scope of practice proposalsIn an effort to increase access to health care providers for members of the military and veterans, federal agencies are seeking ways to expand telemedicine and practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
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..