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LINTHICUM, MD, February 28, 2011— On Monday, February 21, urologists at Peninsula Urology Associates in Salisbury, MD, will open their practice to U. S. Representative Andy Harris, MD (R-MD-1), who will visit the clinic and discuss with physicians the regulatory, reimbursement and legal challenges of practicing medicine in today’s healthcare landscape. The visit was coordinated by one of the practice’s urologists, Mark T. Edney, MD, FACS, who also chairs the Maryland Urologists for Patient Access and Care (MUPAC) coalition. 

“It is very meaningful that Congressman Harris, a fellow physician, is taking the time to come to our practice and discuss the critical issues we face each day,” Dr. Edney said. “We all agree that healthcare reform is necessary, but in order for it to success, physician challenges must be addressed.” 

During his time at Peninsula Urology, Congressman Harris be given a full tour of the facility, and will meet physicians to discuss top-level issues threatening patients’ access to care, including physician reimbursement and access to in-office ancillary services. 

“I’m happy to meet with my colleagues at Peninsula Urology to discuss healthcare reform,” said Harris. “As a physician, I understand that this community-based practice is an example of how healthcare is most effectively delivered. I’m looking forward to discussing how I can help implement real healthcare reform.”

Harris’s visit is part of an ongoing effort by American Urological Association (AUA) members to build relationships with and educate their lawmakers about the issues today’s urologist faces. Though similar visits have taken place in other states across the United States, Congressman Harris, an anesthesiologist, is the first to visit a local urology practice as part of this effort.

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.

Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA