Incentivizing the Lower-Cost Decision: LUGPA Believes It Knows How

Ariela Katz
Published: Sunday, Nov 19, 2017
Deepak A. Kapoor, MD

Deepak A. Kapoor, MD
A newly proposed urology-specific alternative payment model (APM) could save up to 37% on costs of care, partly by giving physicians incentives to pursue active surveillance (AS) rather than active intervention (AI), according to the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA).1


  1. Large Urology Group Practice Association. LUGPA advanced payment model for initial therapy of newly diagnosed patients with organ-confined prostate cancer. HHS website. Published July 5, 2017. Accessed August 14, 2017.
  2. LUGPA submits first of its kind urology-specific APM [news release]. Schaumburgh, IL: Large Urology Group Practice Association; July 14, 2017. http://lugpa. org/press-release-lugpa-submits-first-of-its-kind-urology-specific-apm/. Accessed August 14, 2017.
  3. Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. Physicianfocused payment models: PTAC proposal submission instructions. HHS website. Updated August 4, 2017. Accessed August 21, 2017.
  4. American Urological Association. Clinically localized prostate cancer: AUA/ASTRO/SUO guideline. AUA website. Published May 9, 2017. Accessed August 21, 2017.

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