Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists holds
meetings several times a year concerning issues relative
to the urologist as well as the newest models for effective
Please browse this section for a calendar
of MAPU events, notices of workshops, and a listing of meetings
of a variety of other associations.
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2009 Urology Joint Advocacy Conference
March 15-17, 2009
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington DC
Organized urology has come together for the express purpose of educating and training our members to become strong advocates in both Washington D.C. and our local communities! The American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) and the American Urological Association (AUA) have come together for a second year in a row to sponsor the only advocacy meeting in the country specifically devoted to urology and urologic issues.
MAPU Members - Please check out the registration info here.
President's Letter -
April 9, 2008
At our recent MAPU Board meeting, the important issue of the Group Insurance Commission’s clinical performance improvement initiative was discussed. While we believe in the guiding principle behind the initiative, i.e., collecting data to measure the quality and costs of patient care in order to improve efficiency of care and decrease costs; we believe that the current program does not in anyway achieve this goal. Problems arise from the information and data used to rank physicians which include, but are not limited to; the number of radiologic and laboratory studies ordered for a particular diagnosis. For example, a Urologist who takes care of the more difficult stone patients (staghorn stones) will be penalized for ordering more x-rays and labs and thus ultimately, will be placed into a higher (less favorable) tier than he should be.
In addition, we have received feedback from associates about the inaccuracy of the data attributed to them. The current program is unfair not only to physicians but also to the patients. It has the potential to do the opposite of what is intended by driving patients to physicians who have lower tiers because they perform less advanced procedures and could ultimately lead to compromised patient care.
To that end, we encourage you to call your health plans and not only discuss the problems with this initiative, but also ask for all of the data that pertains to your records for your review regarding its accuracy. Contact the MMS with any inappropriate ranking or inaccurate data (Lisa Smith, at 781-434-7759). Also, please call your legislative leaders and voice your objection to the current model being implemented by the GIC and other health plans. Your Representative and Senator can be found easily by clicking on the link below:
Our organization must be united in advancing health care for the urologic patient by being proactive in eliminating this detrimental attempt to define the efficiency and quality of care that physicians provide by linking lower costs with better outcomes and better quality of care.
Jeffrey Bennett, MD
cc: B. Dale Magee, MD, MS, President, Massachusetts Medical Society
Ms. Delores L. Mitchell, Executive Director, Group Insurance Commission
Mr. Eric Schultz, CEO and President, Fallon Community Health Plan
Mr. Charles Baker, President and CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Mr. Peter Straley, President and CEO, Health New England
Ms. Deborah Enos, President and CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan
Mr. James Roosevelt, Jr., President and CEO, Tufts Health Plan
Robert Sorrenti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Unicare State Indemnity Plan
April 9, 2008 - Letter to Our Members Concerning Group Insurance Issues
At our recent MAPU Board meeting, the important issue of the Group Insurance Commission’s clinical performance improvement initiative was discussed. While we believe in the guiding principle behind the initiative, i.e., collecting data to measure the quality and costs of patient care in order to improve efficiency of care and decrease costs; we believe that the current program does not in anyway achieve this goal.
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14, 2005 - JOIN FELLOW UROLOGISTS & LEGAL EXPERTS
FOR AN IMPORTANT TELECONFERENCE ON APRIL 19, 2005 at
DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Please register in advance (you must log in to access this info)
Dear State Representatives to the State
Society Network and Urology CAC members:
The State Society Network has been extremely
busy working with State Urological Societies and in coalitions
to alert AACU members about legislation affecting their
practices. One of the major initiatives coming soon will
be the new
Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP). Urologists all over
need to know
about this initiative, as it will be affecting their practices
and altering the way many physicians run their practice.
During the last AACU Washington Update,
we invited Stuart Langbein of Hogan and Hartson LLP to talk
about CAP. Attendees
conference found Mr. Langbein extremely knowledgeable
and very helpful. So the AACU has invited him back, and this
share with all AACU members. We will be holding a teleconference
call in which Mr. Langbein and our on Dr. Kaufman of
will be will be talking about CAP and how it will affect
your practice. At the end of this call we will have a
moderated Q&A session.
I hope all State Representatives and Urology
CAC members can participate. Below is more information on
State Affairs Manager
American Association of Clinical Urologists
American Association of Clinical Urologists
JOIN FELLOW UROLOGISTS & LEGAL EXPERTS FOR AN IMPORTANT
Are you worried about not getting paid for the
drugs you supply to Medicare patients for prostate
you heard about the CAP? If not, then be sure
to join our free 90-minute teleconference discussion
Program (CAP) for outpatient drugs under Medicare
Part B. All urologists and practice managers
Beginning January 1, 2006, urologists will have
the choice of directly purchasing drugs and being
the average sales price (ASP) methodology or
choosing to obtain
a CAP vendor instead. CAP vendors would bill
Medicare for the drugs as well as collect beneficiary
Urologists interested in this program and
those interested in submitting comments to CMS should
in this informative teleconference.
Here's how the process might work:
1. A physician who decides to participate
in the CAP for the upcoming year chooses one of
lowest in a federal competition.
2. The physician orders an entire course
of therapy directly from the vendor. The
and expected date of administration.
3. The vendor sends the drugs in one or more
shipments without charging the physician.
4. After dispensing the therapy, the physician
bills Medicare for the cost of administering
5. The vendor charges Medicare for the cost
of the drugs and collects any appropriate
deductibles from the
Dear MAPU Member,
The Massachusetts Association of Practicing
Urologists (MAPU) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)
need your help.
As you can see from the attached letter from Dr. Charles
Welch, President of the MMS, several pieces of legislation
at the request of the MMS to address various components of
our existing liability statutes. On April 8, 2003, the MMS
is holding a rally for professional liability reform at the
State House beginning at 11:30 a.m.
MAPU strongly supports this initiative and would like to
request that you join not only your colleagues, but physicians
across the state at this event. MMS and MAPU staff will be
coordinating registration and transportation logistics through
the MMS regional offices. We need you to join us in delivering
Please take a moment and register by calling or e-mailing
MAPU's chapter administrator, Ginny DuLong, calling your
MMS regional office, filling out the registration form at
the end of this message or going on line to the MMS website
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on April 8th
at the State House.
Jeffrey Steinberg, M.D.
RALLY FOR REFORM
We need you! In December, several pieces of legislation
were filed at the request of the Medical Society to address
components of our existing professional liability statutes.
On April 8, 2003 we are holding a rally for professional
liability reform at the State House in Boston at 11:30 a.m.
I am asking
you and your colleagues to join us in person and let the
Governor and legislators know the severity of the problem
we have and
the urgent need for legislation in order to avert the crises
that have happened in places like Pennsylvania, Nevada and
West Virginia. Picture a sea of white coats flooding the
State House. This would be a powerful message to our elected
We need you to join us in delivering this message.
We will be coordinating registration and transportation
logistics through our regional offices. MMS is willing to
from various regions across the state. Many more details
will follow. At this time, I am asking you to join us in
for reform. Please register as soon as possible by either
calling your regional office, filling out the attached registration
form or going on line to the MMS website at massmed.org/pages/rally.asp.
Look for more information in the coming months.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on April 8th.
Charles A. Welch, M.D.