The AUA is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology and works on behalf of its members and their patients. Our legislative priorities were developed by the Legislative Affairs Committee using input from an Association-wide survey of members and sister society leaders. This list was approved by the AUA Board of Directors in February 2017.
The legislative priorities include the following:
- Preserve access to appropriate prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening.
- Reform the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation process.
- Promote medical liability reform.
- Preserve the appropriate use of the in-office ancillary services exception (IOASE) to the Stark Law.
- Address workforce shortages in all urologic access practice environments, preserve access to appropriate and timely care, expand access to care with innovations including telemedicine, and advocate for increased GME funding and resources for urology positions.
- Promote improvements to Meaningful Use/Electronic Health Records regulations and increase interoperability.
- Promote urology/cancer research funding.
- Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board established under the Affordable Care Act.
- Advocate for the full continuum of care for prostate cancer survivorship.
The AUA 2017 legislative priorities will serve as a guide for the AUA's advocacy efforts at both the state and federal levels, but do not limit or restrict the policy issues the AUA may consider. For more information or to learn how to become involved, contact the Government Relations and Advocacy Department at GovernmentRelations@AUAnet.org.