Legislative Updates from the AACU

States may hold key to work force shortage solutionsThere is little doubt that the federal government will continue to play an important role subsidizing the training of physicians. However, given the immediate medical education and work force crisis, states will likely be the source of temporary and long-term solutions.
Physician advocacy reaps rewards in medical liability reform battlePhysicians and their advocates scored important victories in Connecticut, Florida, and Georgia in working to defeat attempts to undermine past medical liability reform successes and achieving new ones.
Payers, not states, often dictate non-physicians’ authority, reimbursementThe aging population and an expected influx of 30 million newly insured Americans have raised concerns about provider shortages and bolstered efforts to expand the role of advanced practice practitioners (APPs) in the delivery of patient care. Unsatisfied with collaborative teams led by physicians that empower APPs and promote patient safety, organizations representing nurse practitioners, for one, are seizing this opportunity to increase the number of states where they practice without supervision.
IPAB repeal, USPSTF reform among lead issues at 2013 JACUrologists at last month’s Joint Advocacy Conference took five leading issues to members of Congress.
Battle over medical liability reform continues in many statesIn several states, legislative attempts at medical liability reform are taking place.
Be the change: Opportunities abound for urologist advocacyAfter dozens of false starts and temporary "fixes," policymakers and pundits predict that in 2013, Congress will finally resolve many of the issues causing instability and uncertainty in the urologic community.