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NEAUA Highlighter Newsletter
March/April 2014 Issue
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News and Notes

New England Section AUA President Election Process

The New England Section has the privilege of electing one of its Active or Senior members to serve as President of the American Urological Association. The individual selected by the Section will serve as the AUA President-Elect from 2015 to 2016 and will ascend to serve as AUA President from 2016 to 2017. It is the Section’s honor to have its next AUA President preside over the AUA 2017 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Two qualified candidates who would both represent the Section will at the AUA Presidential level have been confirmed by the NEAUA Nominating Committee and Board of Directors.

NEAUA Financials in Summary

Colleagues, I am pleased to report that 2013 was a financially successful year for the Section and has helped position us for continued financial stability. The Section ended the 2013 calendar year for the first time with over million in assets, a testimony to the thoughtful attention paid to the organization’s finances and investments by the leadership.

AUA 2014 Leadership Program Class Participants

Every two years, the New England Section leadership reviews applications for the AUA Leadership Program, which began in 2004 and identifies urologists who have demonstrated effective leadership skills and seek to tackle future roles of responsibly within the AUA and its Sections. This year the NE leadership reviewed a group of extremely well qualified applicants, and is proud to announce the 2014-2015 regional class participants.

My Experience at JAC2014: Kevin Koo, MD

On my flight home from the Urology Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC) in Washington, D.C., I was seated next to an observant older gentleman who noticed the name badge still hanging around my neck.

"So you're a urologist," he read aloud. I nodded. What were we advocating for, he asked me. As a urologist-in-training...

NEAUA Resident Bowl and Chief Resident Debate Teams to Compete at AUA 2014 Annual Meeting

View the teams and schedules to support these New England residents.


The PAC at the JAC

Once again, UROPAC participated in another successful Urology Joint Advocacy Conference, March 9-11, 2014. Over 175 engaged and energized Urologists from all over the country descended upon Washington, D.C., for three days of Health Policy discussions, Legislative Updates and Capitol Hill visits advocating for our patients and fellow Urologic colleagues. UROPAC was actively involved with the proceedings.


Federal Regulators Believe Scope of Practice Restrictions "Do More Harm than Good" (March 19, 2014)

The Federal Trade Commission issued a policy analysis March 7 regarding state regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses and healthcare market competition. The report concludes that requiring physician supervision of non-physician providers "does more harm than good." AACU

In Health Care, What Makes Maine Different? (March 19, 2014)

The northern part of the state is poor, but residents rank high on measures of health. The coordination among businesses and health workers is seen as a model. LA Times

Thousands Enrolled in Health Connect, but Some Vermonters Still Stuck in Limbo (March 19, 2014)

One man's three-month saga trying to obtain insurance coverage he already purchased. Burlington Free Press

Massachusetts’ Hard Look at Hospital Mergers (March 18, 2014)

As consolidations have become increasingly more common across the country, Massachusetts has the nation's only independent state agency focused on evaluating their effects. Governing

New Hampshire House Panel Recommends Expanding Medicaid (March 18, 2014)

The House Finance Committee has voted to recommend that the New Hampshire House use federal Medicaid money to pay for private health insurance for an estimated 50,000 poor adults.

Lawmakers Prompted to Address Restricted Access to Care, “Narrow Networks” (March 15, 2014)

Amid criticism that state and federal health insurance exchange plans overly restrict access to a physicians and hospitals, public officials have filed regulations, legislation and lawsuits to compel payers to secure more diverse participation. AACU

Connecticut Bill Would Eliminate “Hospital Tax” (March 13, 2014)

Connecticut's hospitals are asking the General Assembly to eliminate a tax originally designed to help balance the state budget, but is now increasing health care costs and threatening jobs, they say.

Is Ocean State a Fit for "Medical Tourism" Model? (March 10, 2014)

Florida-based Laser Spine Institute employs 500 people in five states and draws a majority of its customers, or patients, from out of state. That helps both the company's bottom line and that of local hotels, eateries and other related businesses. The company, headquartered in Tampa, thinks the "medical-tourism" business model it says has worked so well in sunny Florida could also succeed in luring patients to the Ocean State. Providence Business News

AUA Interactive State Legislation Map

The AUA tracks state legislation that could impact the practice of urology in your region. View which bills the AUA is monitoring by visiting the interactive state legislation map.

Upcoming Meetings

Men's Health for Primary Care and Innovation
April 11 - 12, 2014
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Massachusetts Association of Practicing Physicians Annual Meeting
April 29, 2014
Westin Hotel, Waltham, Massachusetts

CT Urology Annual Scientific Education Program
September 19, 2014
Aqua Turf, Plantsville, Connecticut, USA