LINTHICUM, Md., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), representatives of the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU), the American Urological Association (AUA) and the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA), leading advocates for the specialty of urology, issued the following joint statement:
"While we strongly advocate the provision of care for the millions of uninsured Americans who will benefit from the legislation, we are concerned that there are key aspects to this law that will, ultimately, hurt this nation's ability to provide widespread care for its citizens.
"Since the PPACA was passed in 2010, organizations representing urologists nationwide have been working with lawmakers and regulators to demonstrate how certain provisions of the PPACA – including the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the value-based modifier – will negatively impact physicians' ability to provide quality care to patients. Though we applaud the altruistic motives behind the legislation, it is a disservice to millions to provide healthcare without also providing a strong infrastructure through which care can be provided.
"We will continue to work with Congress to ensure that the implementation of the law preserves the doctor-patient relationship."
The AACU is the only national organization to serve urology with the sole purpose of promoting and preserving the professional autonomy and financial viability of each of its members. AACU's resources are dedicated to inform members of the issues affecting their practice and profession, and then to work directly to influence the resolutions of these issues. Forty-five percent of all urologists nationwide are members of the AACU.
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 18,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it fosters the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and formulation of health policy.
LUGPA represents 95 large urology group practices in the United States, with more than 1,800 physicians who make up more than 20 percent of the nation's practicing urologists. LUGPA and its member practices are committed to best practices, research, data collection, and benchmarking to promote quality clinical outcomes.
SOURCE Large Urology Group Practice Association; American Association of Clinical Urologists; American Urological Association