Heath Policy Program

Health Policy Luncheon & Forum

Sunday, Nov. 3

Luncheon Program: 12 noon - 2:30pm

Program Director:
Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA

Preliminary Program Agenda

  • Welcome – Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA, Chair & AUA Public Policy Council Chair-elect
  • Presidential Address - Jeffrey Frankel, MD, WsAUA President
  • AUA Update – Scott Swanson, MD, AUA President-Elect
  • Interactions on the Path to Reimbursement: AUA, CPT & RUC
    Ronald P. Kaufman, Jr., MD, FACS - Prof. of Surgery, Associate Urology Residency Program Director - Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
  • SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Is Big Data & Precision Healthcare coming to the Rescue?
    Shez Partovi, MD – Amazon Web Services, Worldwide Lead for Healthcare, Life Sciences, Genomics
  • KEYNOTE: The Practice Predicament: What’s on the Menu - M&A, Employed or Private?
    Street Smart Wisdom from Industry Experts
    : Irv Barnett and Debra Phairas

Sunday Morning Practice Management Courses

Sunday, Nov. 3 - 7:30am to 11:30am

  • 7:30am - Health Policy Essay Winner Presentations & Health Data-Quality Improvement (HDQI) Poster Session Moderated by Drs. Eugene Rhee and Jeffrey Frankel

Nicholas Chakiryan, MD

Health Policy Essay- First Place: Relative Value Units Do Not Adequately Account for Operative Time in Urologic Surgery.

Michael Zaliznyak, MD

Health Policy Essay- Second Place: Which U.S. states’ Medicaid programs provide coverage for genital gender affirming surgery for transgender patients?: A state-by-state review, and a study detailing the patient experience to confirm coverage of services.

David Friedlander, MD, MPH

Health Policy Essay- Third Place: Driving high-value American healthcare via the (policy) road less traveled.


  • 8:30am - Top 10 Actions for Urology Practices in 2020
    Mark N. Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems
  • 10:00am - Managing Medicare in 2020 and Beyond
    Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE, Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E
  • 11:00am - California Urological Association Annual Meeting
    With special presentation by CMA President, Dr. Peter Bretan