Scope of Activity
CUA provides urologists with representation – state & national levels
- CUA Representative on CMA’s House of Delegates
- CUA Representative on the CMA Scientific Affairs Council
- CUA Representative on the CMA Council on Legislation
- CUA Representative on the NHIC Carrier Advisory Committee
- CUA Representative at AACU State Societies Meeting & UROPAC
- The AUA Joint Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C.
CUA is aggressively active in the areas listed below:
- Grassroots member and patient advocacy
- CUA seat on CMA Council on Legislation
- CUA assists the California Technology Assessment Forum on support and evaluation of new technologies.
- Supported state laws to allow private law suits over unfair and unreasonable managed care contracts
- On a state level, CUA acts as a back-up advocate for urologists subject to unfair peer review by the Medical Board.
- CUA Hotline Calls/Issues – CUA pursues payment for inadequate Medicare reimbursements, and provides assistance on charges, payments, coding and policy issues.
- Maintains to establish a working relationship with the CMA President and regional medical directors.
CUA maintains excellent rapport with Medicare:
- Wrote policies to facilitate payments for:
- Minimally invasive thermotherapies for BPH
- Lupron, Vidadur CaP, Cryosurgery for CaP
- TRUS, guidance u/s and biopsy as separate billable procedures
CUA provides continuing education
- Annual Health Policy Forum
- Annual Workshops on coding, compliance, EMR, practice management
- Publishes Biennial Health Policy Survey documentation and information
- Produces Biennial ASRT approved “X-Ray & Radiology Course for Urologists”
CUA is on the move to be the first to inform members about:
- Compliance with CERT (Comprehensive Error Rate Testing) for record documentation
- Continual changes in AWP (Average Wholesale Price) pricing structure
- OIG & FBI office investigations and guidelines for urologists
- Prostate Cancer budgetary cuts in California
- New HIPAA Regulations altering office practices