Urologists are being urged to actively participate in health care reform because the result will have a major impact on how they conduct their practices and treat their patients for years to come.
With a new Congress powered by Democrats and a new Democratic president, sweeping actions affecting health care policy and, particularly, Medicare can be expected in 2009.
Once again, urologists are at the mercy of the politicians in Washington with a 10.1% average payment rate cut scheduled to take effect this month unless some way, somehow Congress once again comes to the rescue—and President Bush signs whatever legislation is passed.
Jerome P. Kassirer, MD, distinguished professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and visiting professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, has told Congress and the American people that many doctors are “on the take” from the big pharmaceutical companies, which pay them in one way or another to prescribe their drugs to patients.
CMS may grant, upon request, a repayment schedule of at least 6 months if repaying within 30 days would constitute a hardship.
Washington—Changes in federal policy that could hinder urologists' ability to provide in-office imaging services to patients appear to be on the way, threatening to toss another punch at physicians already confronting hefty Medicare fee schedule reductions in 2007.
Washington—On Aug. 8, 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposal to reform the Medicare ambulatory surgical center payment system beginning Jan. 1, 2008, and the news for urology appears to be mixed.
Specialty groups asking for time to develop effective measures
Washington--The new Medicare reform bill, which for the first time provides
a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients, comes with a hidden
cost for physicians who administer chemotherapy drugs in their offices-and
perhaps their patients.