Urologists can claim substantial victories as a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump in February—including an end to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which had been established by the Affordable Care Act to help control Medicare spending.
Health Law & Policy
In spite of the record heat wave sweeping much of the nation, now is not the time to cool down. Issues actively being considered in Congress are some of the most vital to urology.
The American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) rejects the USPSTF's complete disregard of the positive effect the PSA test has had on so many men in this country.
Todayâ€™s five-to-four vote by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as constitutional will result in sweeping health care system changes for all physicians and their patients.
Three leading urology associations have announced support for the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 5998), which calls for significant changes to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the process by which the group makes formal recommendations regarding preventive care services.
Noted Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once mused, "Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result." Thanks to a foundation strengthened by direct and indirect participation in advocacy campaigns across the country, the urologic community secured positive policy outcomes in the first several months of 2012.
Forging and leveraging relationships with state legislators and their staff can help you protect your patients, employees, and practice from harmful legislation.
For the second time in a month, urologists are being criticized for self-referred ancillary services?this time by radiologists for providing intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatment for prostate cancer patients in urologists' own radiation therapy centers.
Urologists' self-referral of prostate surgical pathology services leads to increased use and higher Medicare spending but lower cancer detection rates, according to a recent study.
Effective advocacy depends on data, relationships, and, for lack of a better term, money.