Legislative Updates from the AACU

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.
States address payer interference with physicians' ordersIn nearly every survey of physician sentiment, doctors cite administrative burdens associated with payer relations as distracting from patient care and the performance of their chosen profession.
Obamacare survives a second Supreme Court challengeThe Affordable Care Act has survived its latest legal challenge. After reading the Supreme Court's recent decision in King v. Burwell, Dan Shaffer of the AACU discusses how the justices arrived at it and what it means to you.
Urology's advocacy priorities: One down, four to goHaving completed a well-deserved victory lap after the recent repeal of the SGR, it's time to tune up our engines and head right back to the race track to advance the specialty's remaining advocacy priorities.
The fate of SGR repeal rests with the SenateIn this column, Daniel R. Shaffer of the AACU discusses the recent Urology Joint Advocacy Conference and how urology may have helped move the needle on a promising new SGR proposal.