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LINTHICUM, MD, March 19, 2010–The American Urological Association (AUA) and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) are pleased to once again co-sponsor the only advocacy meeting specifically devoted to urology. The Fifth Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference will be held March 21 through March 23 at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. One of the highlights of this year’s conference will be the unveiling of two pieces of AUA-authored legislation focusing on prostate cancer and urotrauma.

“Urologists understand the importance of advocacy—especially now that healthcare reform legislation is making its way through Congress,” said AUA Associate Executive Director of Health Policy Beth Kosiak, PhD. “This year’s conference will see record attendance because our doctors want to get involved and they understand that this is the best venue for learning about healthcare reform and advocacy.”

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 2010 meeting will focus on national healthcare reform and how the current legislation could impact physicians and the practice of medicine.

These presentations and interactive sessions ensure that urologists are prepared to advocate forcefully for the field and effectively lobby their elected representatives throughout the year.

Confirmed Members of Congress who will be speaking during the Conference include: Representatives Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX-26); Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-LA-07); Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06); Phil Roe, MD (R-TN-01); Michael J. “Mike” Rogers (R-MI-08); and John M. Shimkus (R-IL-19).

The Keynote Speaker will be Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and current Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Senior Fellow in Economic Studies; Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair in Health Policy Studies–Brookings Institution

Other speakers include:
Peter Basch, MD, FACP, Senior Fellow for Health IT Policy at the Center for American Progress and Medical 
Director for Ambulatory Clinical Systems at MedStar Health
Ronald D. Castellanos, MD, Member, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
Charlie Cook, Founder, The Cook Political Report
Peter S. Hussey, PhD, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
Eugene C. Rich, MD, FACP, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research
Howard M. Snyder, III, MD, Regent, American College of Surgeons
David Wenhold, CAE, PLC, President, American League of Lobbyists

Reporters are invited to attend the following events at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel:
• Welcome—Sunday, March 21, 2010, 11:45 a.m. (Salon III)
Welcome Address: Anton J. Bueschen, MD, AUA President; Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD, AACU President; and Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA, Chair of Health Policy for the AUA
• Welcoming Reception on Capitol Hill—Monday, March 22, 2010, 6:15 – 8 p.m. (Cannon Caucus Room)
Special guests include Pro Football Hall of Famers Mike Haynes (Class of 1997, Know Your Stats 
Campaign Spokesman) and Willie Lanier (Class of 1986, NFL Player Care Foundation Board Member), and several Members of Congress.

Please contact Wendy Isett at 410-689-3789 or if you are planning to attend any of these events or if you would like an advance copy of the AUA-sponsored bills or to schedule an interview with one of the following experts: 
 Anton J. Bueschen, 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

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