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Urologists Applaud Congress for Introducing SGR Reform Legislation

LINTHICUM, MD, March 19, 2015—The American Urological Association (AUA) today applauded members of Congress for introducing the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1470). The AUA is still actively reviewing the legislation, but appreciates the effort that key lawmakers have made in making SGR repeal and Medicare reform a priority for the 114th Congress.

The 2015 bill closely mirrors bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced during the last Congress and supported by the AUA.

This critical legislation comes after more than a decade of economic uncertainty for physicians – including urologists – who have struggled to treat Medicare beneficiaries and also keep their practice doors open. For the past 12 years, physicians have practiced under threats of payment reductions under the SGR and the burdens of multiple quality programs. Though Congress has consistently delivered a “patch” to correct the formula and stop the cuts to physician payments, this has been an extremely stressful time for U.S. doctors.

“We are very hopeful that this bill will give the healthcare community an opportunity to close this chapter and move forward in providing quality care to patients without these regular threats to their practices,” said AUA President William W. Bohnert, MD, FACS. “A permanent fix to the SGR is essential to our ability to practice.”

“We look forward to reviewing this legislation in detail, and working with Congress on Medicare initiatives to better improve patient care in the United States.”

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 21,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.

Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA