Focused on preserving and advancing the independent practice of urology, LUGPA over the past year has dedicated its resources to health policy and advocacy, business excellence, clinical excellence, and the development of future leaders.
That was the core message of LUGPA President Neal D. Shore, MD, in his presidential address Nov. 10 at the LUGPA annual meeting in Chicago.
Many headwinds are facing urologists, said Dr. Shore, including:
- increased work volume with declining reimbursements
- burgeoning regulatory burdens at the federal, state, and local levels
- a deluge of health policy changes and clinical advances
- the “practice culture conundrum”—teamwork and collaboration versus working as a lone wolf
- practice ownership—what price for independence versus hospital employment versus private equity versus public commodity?
- internecine specialty conflicts
- federal barriers, including new Stark regulations and edicts from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
- the “person power” shortage facing the specialty
- life balance—recognizing and avoiding burnout.
“LUGPA is continuing to provide cutting-edge education for the implementation of breakthrough therapies and technologies, particularly in GU oncology, specifically for prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers,” Dr. Shore said. “We are dedicated to assisting our members who want to develop GU oncology centers of excellence.”
Noting that LUGPA is “dedicated to the development of future leaders of urology both within practices as well as the association,” he said a “young LUGPA group” was initiated for members in practice 15 years or less to assist them with many topics specific to their needs and concerns.
“This initiative is extremely important because it recognizes the fact that we have person power shortages in addition to an aging specialty, of which many are nearing retirement, as well as an expanding elderly population in need of urologic expertise,” Dr. Shore explained. “So it is very important to encourage our younger members to embrace leadership opportunities.”