In Urology Times’ ninth annual State of the Specialty survey, an astounding 87% of respondents perceived “increasing government regulations” with trepidation. Unfortunately, while nearly nine in ten urologists identify the problem, far fewer take steps to address it.
Health Policy Urology
In this article, Ray Painter, MD, and Mark Painter provide some facts about the 2015 Medicare fee schedule and share some insights on how its changes will impact your practice in the New Year.
Even with the GOP more firmly entrenched on Capitol Hill, a permanent fix of the sustainable growth rate formula is still a possibility, say urologist James Ulchaker, MD, and Brad Stine of the AUA.
Here is a collection of ICD-10 resources for urologists, including a checklist and links to articles, FAQs, and more.
For physicians who have small practices and might still be struggling with EMRs and other government regulations, ICD-10 implementation could be the last straw, says W. Jeff Terry, Sr., MD. Here are some possible fixes suggested by Dr. Terry.
Mark Painter, CEO of PRS Urology, and Jonathan Rubenstein, MD, a urologist in Baltimore and member of the AUA’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee, recommend this checklist for ICD-10 urology practice transition.
Urologists know the International Classification of Diseases-10 (ICD-10) goes into effect Oct. 1, 2015. Whether they understand the transition’s impact and what they need to do to fully prepare are questionable.
The effort to draw attention to the importance of prostate cancer detection was given a big boost in September when conservative Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AR) and liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined together to sponsor legislation to create the National Prostate Cancer Council.
Leaders of state, national, and subspecialty urologic societies from around the country converged in Rosemont, IL in September for a weekend of health policy discussions and advocacy tips with public officials, policy experts, and fellow urologists. One of the themes reinforced at the 7th Annual State Society Network Advocacy Conference, hosted by the AACU, was the importance and impact of physician engagement in the political process.