The American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) and the American Urological Association (AUA) are pleased to announce that they are once again co-sponsoring the only advocacy meeting specifically devoted to urology and urologic issues. The Fourth Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference will be held March 15 through 17 at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC, with a full and exciting agenda. One of the highlights of the sold out conference will be the unveiling of the AUA’s legislative agenda for urology titled, “Healthcare Principles for Reform.” Reporters are invited to attend several conference sessions to learn more about urology’s health policy priorities.
“This year is a particularly critical one for urology to show its strength,” said AUA Associate Executive Director of Health Policy Beth Kosiak, PhD. “With a new presidential administration and a new Congress expected to make healthcare reform a major initiative, urology must make its presence known and its voice heard.”
The Joint Advocacy Conference is designed to educate urology advocates about the AUA’s new legislative agenda and to teach them effective lobbying strategies to successfully communicate health policy priorities to members of Congress. The 2009 meeting will spotlight the current progress on national healthcare reform, the possible changes to the Medicare physician payment system, and changes in the Stark laws and other federal regulations. The Conference presentations and interactive sessions ensure that urologists are prepared to advocate forcefully for the field and effectively lobby their elected representatives throughout the year.
Reporters are invited to attend the following events at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel:
Welcome & Keynote Address—Sunday, March 15, 2009, Noon (Salon II)
Welcome Address: John M. Barry, MD, AUA President; Douglas E. McKinney, MD, AACU President; and Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA, Chair of Health Policy for the AUA
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, Former Commissioner (2006-2009), Food and Drug Administration
Healthcare and Medicare Reform in the 111th Congress—Sunday March 15, 12:30 p.m. (Salon II)
The Honorable Ronald D. Castellanos, MD, Commissioner, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
Cynthia Brown, Vice-President, Government Affairs, American Medical Association (AMA)
- Russell Carson Memorial Lecture—Monday, March 16, 3 p.m. (Salon I)
The Honorable Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD, U.S. Representative, R-LA-7
Contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 or ldean@AUAnet.org for an advance copy of the 2009 legislative agenda, “Healthcare Principles for Reform,” or to schedule an interview with one of the following experts:
- John M. Barry, MD, AUA President
- Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA, Chair of Health Policy for the AUA
- Beth Kosiak, PhD, AUA Associate Executive Director of Health Policy
- Priscilla Chatman, JD, AUA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.
Lacey Dean, AUA