National politics, state advocacy issues, and innovative topics in urologic care came together as urologists from every practice setting and at varied points in their careers gathered in Washington for the AACU 2019 annual meeting.
Ross E. Weber
"Overall, the 2020 Medicare payment proposal attempts to modernize the program and mitigate administrative burdens. The urologic community has identified room for improvement, however, including in the area of facilitating participation in advanced payment models," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
"State funding for GME is becoming increasingly important in the absence of significant movement from the federal government," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
"While the medical profession struggles most with administrative barriers to patient-centered care, cost transparency is at the root of the general population's distress," writes Ross E. Weber.
"If elected, [Greg Murphy, MD] will become part of a de facto Congressional Urology Caucus with Neal Dunn, MD," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
"The administrative burden associated with payer relations and benefit management contributes to rising costs and, in many cases, affects patient care," writes Ross E. Weber of the AACU.
State and federal initiatives are starting to address regulatory hurdles.
"Surveying the landscape as leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives swaps parties and governorships creep toward a 50/50 partisan balance, several opportunities to affect positive change stand out," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
"To preserve a degree of competition within the industry, lawmakers and regulators have taken tentative steps to defend independent practice and patient-centered care, as well as ensure employed providers maintain fundamental rights," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
"CMS recently finalized laudable proposals for physician and ambulatory surgery center reimbursement in 2019 despite objections from powerful hospital groups and lawmakers," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.