UROPAC Members Meet with U.S.
While Congress was home this
August for the summer district work period, urologists representing UROPAC took
the opportunity to meet with several federal legislators in a variety of
On August 22, Dr. Kevin J.
Barlog, AACU’s Northeastern Section Chair, attended a picnic fundraiser for
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) who sits on the House Ways & Means Committee, a
committee with significant jurisdiction over health care policy and the
revenue-related aspects of Medicare.
Led by Dr. Donald Griffith, a
group of five urologists practicing at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
Houston, met with Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-8), the lead Republican on the House
Ways & Means Committee. Dr. Griffith and his colleagues briefed the
congressman on Coordinated Community Care at the VA, the need for “pre-clinic”
standardized education and preparation, and new technologies that could reduce
or even prevent Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI).
Finally, UROPAC members had the
opportunity to meet one-on-one with two federal legislators who have
backgrounds in medicine. Dr. David Duchene discussed issues affecting the
practice of urology with Rep. Roger Marshall (KS-1), a former obstetrician, and
Dr. Jack M. Amie will meet with Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-1), the only pharmacist serving
in Congress and the current co-chair of the Community Pharmacy Caucus at the end of the month.