Frontlines Archive

  • CUA Report Spring/Summer 2018
    Click to read this issue online

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  • CMA survey finds rampant health plan payment abuses
    A recent survey by the California Medical Association (CMA) confirms that health plans regularly engage in unfair payment practices, with two-thirds of physician practices reporting routine payment abuses in violation of state law.

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  • CUA Members featured in Bloomberg Article
    The Little Blue Pill: An Oral History of Viagra

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  • CUA Report Fall/Winter 2017
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  • November is Urological Health Month
    Download your office poster

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  • CMA House of Delegates Report 2017
    By Dr. John Lam, MD, MBA - CUA Rep to HOD

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  • CUA joins coalition challenging constitutionality of AB 72
    AB 72 targets physicians but leaves insurance companies and MPNs untouched

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  • AB72 – What physicians need to know
    New out-of-network billing and payment law took effect July 1

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  • CMA guide helps physicians challenge AB 72 interim payments

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  • Peter Bretan, MD elected CUA President

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  • 2017 Kaiser Permanente Urology Symposium
    Join CUA past-presidents Eugene Rhee and Aaron Spitz in Rancho Mirage

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  • CUA opposes Senate Bill 790
    Action Requested on SB790

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  • The New US Preventive Services Task Force “C” Draft Recommendation for Prostate Cancer Screening
    By Matthew R. Cooperberg, UCSF

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  • CUA Report Spring/Summer 2017
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  • House Republicans Release Plan To Repeal and Replace Obamacare: Key Highlights

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  • CUA Report Newsletter Fall-Winter 2016 Issue
    Download and read now!

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  • California Radiologic License Renewal Credits Available in Kauai at WSAUA
    Earn CEU and CME at no extra charge

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  • Senate rejects bill that would deny physicians due process
    The bill (SB 1033) would have required physicians to notify patients if their licenses are placed in probationary status.

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  • Vito Imbasciani was sworn in as Secretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs
    CUA Past-President also next LACMA President

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  • CUA Report Newsletter April 2016 Issue
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  • Urological Health Month – SR 70
    CUA supports Senator Ben Allen’s initiative to introduce SR 70 legislation declaring November as Urological Health Month

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  • SPRING 2016 Health Policy Update and JAC Report
    By Jeffrey Kaufman, MD - Past President CUA

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  • 2016 Young Leadership Circle Award Announced

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  • CUA signs on to oppose the proposed CMS quality measure on Non-Recommended PSA-based Screening
    The high-profile proposed CMS quality measure would penalize physicians for recommending PSA-based screening for prostate cancer

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  • 2016 Urology Advanced Coding and Reimbursement Seminar
    CUA discount for December 4-5, 2015 in Las Vegas

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  • California doctors’ lobby group pushes agenda with swagger
    Sacramento Bee - October 12, 2015

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  • CUA Report Sept 2015
    Our Influence is Growing

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  • ICD-10: A Checklist for Implementation Readiness
    There's no time to waste. Follow these guidelines for the best chance of a smooth implementation.

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  • 6 in 10 Physicians Work in Small Practices
    By John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

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  • CUA Nominee wins AACU Distinguished Leadership Award

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  • July 2 Webinar Preparing for ICD-10
    Q&A with Mark Painter - Listen to Webinar

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  • AMA Annual Meeting 2015 Summary
    The AMA elects a new president, supports state efforts to seek hardship exemption for doctors who have problems transitioning to the ICD-10 coding system.

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  • 54% of Calif. Doctors Accepted New Medicaid Patients in 2013
    California had 2nd lowest rate.

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  • Doctors’ prescription to secure Medicare: SGR reform
    By Reps. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), M.D. and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), M.D.

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  • CMA Legislative Advocacy Day
    April 14, 2015 in Sacramento

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  • Violence in Medical America
    "CUA Report" featured article by urologists: William M. Schiff, MD and Sheldon H F Marks, MD

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  • CUA Report Spring / Summer 2015 Issue
    Download Now - a must read!

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  • Threat Management Course Launched
    DMI Assaultive Patients Management Course on February 25

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  • U.S. Healthcare Spending On Track To Hit $10,000 Per Person This Year
    From Dan Munro at Forbes: There’s never a shortage of major healthcare policy events in any given calendar year ‒ and 2015 will be no exception. Here’s a short list of some that are pending and noteworthy ‒ with a few predictions.

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  • Historic Events to Continue as We Head into 2015
    2014 Recap & Message from the President

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  • CUA Member, Dr. Peter Bretan recieves prestigous AMA Award
    California Surgeon Recognized for his Tireless Charitable Work and Public Service

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  • CUA Report Fall / Winter 2014 Issue
    Newest Issue

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  • California Radiologic License Renewal Credits Available in Maui at WSAUA
    Earn CEU and CME at no extra charge

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  • Monterey Herald Op Ed: Health exchanges lack transparency
    By Dr. David S. Benjamin, CUA President - SB 1052 requires health plans to provide links to formularies for non-enrollees and requires that plans use a standard template to display their formularies...

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  • Are you ready for the new prescription drug prior authorization form required on October 1?

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  • Threat Awareness Program set for Maui Meeting

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  • No on Prop 46 – get engaged!

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  • Proposition 45 – The “Other” Trial Lawyer Proposition Puts a State Politician in Charge of Your Patients’ Health Care

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  • Committee on Legislation Report
    Full text of 2013 report from Demetrios N. Simopoulos, MD, Chairman

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  • CUA Report – Spring / Summer 2014

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  • A Major Victory for California Urology – SB 1215 Defeated
    A fascinating legislative journey underscores the power of organized urology but there will be many more fights to come.

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  • CMA Legislative Leadership Conference
    Join CUA on Aprill 22 in Sacramento

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  • CUA leads opposition against urology in-office imaging attack
    SB 1215 would eliminate In-office Ancillary Services Exception (IOASE) for Urology Imaging in California

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  • OC Register article underscores CUA effort

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  • CUA endorses Dr. Vito for State Senate 26th district seat
    Help Dr. Vito to help stop MICRA attacks - make a donation NOW.

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  • CUA Past-President to run for State Senate
    On Tuesday, Democrat Vito Imbasciani, a state surgeon for the California Army National Guard, became the first person to announce his candidacy for Lieu’s 26th Senate District seat.

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  • CUA Report – Fall/Winter 2013 Issue
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  • CUA joins with Californians Allied for Patient Protection
    Ballot Measure Filed to Change MICRA is Bad for Patients and Providers

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  • OPPOSE H.R. 2914
    The “Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013” (PIMA)

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  • Trial Lawyers’ Ballot Measure to Make it Easier to File Meritless Health Care Lawsuits

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  • Spring / Summer 2013 CUA Report

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  • CUA urges Congress to Eliminate IPAB
    Joins with 500 other organizations in voicing concern

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  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
    Article by author Steven Brill published in Time Magazine

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  • In Memoriam, Ronald F. Gilbert, MD
    CUA President eulogizes Dr. Ron Gilbert at SDUS meeting.

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  • 2012 Young Leadership Circle
    Ja-Hong Kim, M.D. awarded scholarship to attend Joint Advocacy Conference

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  • CUA Update Meeting
    Sunday, May 5 in San Diego

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  • Los Cerritos News publishes CUA Position
    Fiscal Cliff Threaten California Patient Care Los Cerritos News

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  • Eugene Y. Rhee, MD, MBA, Named 2013-2014 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar

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  • CUA Position Statement on Reform of Medicare Part D

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  • CUA Provides Critical Expert Testimony on Proton Beam Therapy for Prostate Cancer
    CTAF Meeting, Oct. 17, 2012

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  • CUA Rapid Response Team Effective on the Use of Mesh in Pelvic Surgery
    Disapproval of CMA Resolution 105-12

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  • CUA Radiology course offered for license renewal
    Earn required CEU in Hawaii

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  • L.A. Radio Station seeks CUA input for PSA testing controversy
    Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman is interviewed on the new task force PSA rec. (archived audio from 5-22-12 broadcast on radio 89.3 KPCC) Producer, "AirTalk with Larry Mantle"

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  • 2012 Annual Meeting
    All Urologists invited to attend CUA meeting in Hawaii during the Western Section AUA meeting, October 8, 2012.

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  • December 2011 CUA Report
    December 2011 issue of the CUA Report

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  • Weigh-In on Cancer Screening Recommendation
    PSA Testing Saves Lives - Oppose USPSTF Recommendation (Pre-Written Letter to Elected Officials)

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  • Special Bulletin: Avoid Medicare Claim Denials
    By Arthur Lurvey, MD, Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction 1

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  • CUA’s Letter to Congress
    CUA signs on letter to Congress urging repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB

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  • Special Bulletin: J1 Part B Claims Reprocessing
    Questions and Answers for Providers by Jeffrey Kaufman, MD, FACS CUA Representative, Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.

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  • Special Bulletin: Updates from California’s Medicare Carrier
    Six Updates & Tips You Need to Know From California's Medicare Carrier Palmetto GBA

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  • Frontlines Briefing
    CUA 4.5 Frontline Briefing: Here is what you missed

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  • January 2011 CUA Report
    January 2011 issue of the "CUA Report"

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  • Health Policy Committee Report
    Health Policy Committee Report (do not miss this!!)

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  • Health Policy Survey
    Health Policy Survey - 2010 (Lots of good comments!!)

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  • April 2011 CUA Report
    April 2010 issue of the "CUA Report"

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  • New Disclosure Regulation
    New Disclosure Regulation effective June 27 - Medical Board of CA.

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  • What You Need to Know About A CERT Claim Audit

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  • NEW enrollment in Medicare or RE-ENROLLMENT Toolkit
    April, 2009 Release

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  • Action Alert
    Bills Eroding Corporate Bar Pass Key Committee

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