In 2008, when physician leaders of large urology practices began to recognize the need for a formal association to help meet the challenges of the future, the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA) was established with the purpose of enhancing communication among large groups, allowing for benchmarking of operations, promoting quality clinical outcomes, developing new opportunities, and improving advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas.
LUGPA Submits First of Its Kind Urology-Specific APM
We are pleased to announce that the LUGPA alternative payment model (APM) has been officially submitted to Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) for review. This proposed APM is the first urology-specific APM submitted to PTAC/CMS. This APM addresses newly diagnosed patients with organ-confined prostate cancer and optimizing patient-physician decision making regarding active surveillance and active treatment choices. The APM should soon be posted to the PTAC website for public comment. LUGPA has released a statement regarding its APM submission which can be read here.