AUA advocacy at the federal level is among our top priorities. We work full time in Washington, DC, with lawmakers and regulators . Our work impacts both the federal and state levels to support the practice of urology, our members and their patients.
Our legislative priorities are founded on Association-wide survey data from members and sister society leaders. This critical input helped establish a responsible course of action where it is needed most. The AUA’s federal and state priorities were developed by our Legislative Affairs and State Advocacy committees, respectively. Both sets of priorities were approved by the AUA Board of Directors in December 2018.
- 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 and work to remove barriers that prevent urologists from participating in value-based payment models
- 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 graduate medical education (GME) funding and resources for urology positions
- Reduce regulatory burdens (e.g., MACRA implementation, prior authorizations, step-therapy) and other issues that limit patient access to care, interfere with the physician-patient relationship, or cause physician burnout
- Promote and protect funding for urologic research
- Advocate for the full continuum of care for prostate cancer survivorship
- Ensure equitable infertility care for wounded warriors and veterans
- Promote appropriate care for bladder health and bladder-related conditions
The AUA 2019 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 Legislative & Political Affairs Department at legislativeaffairs@AUAnet.org.