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.
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"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.
"Congress must pass Stark Law reform this year, and in coordination with CMS, engage the medical community to update MACRA so that physicians have the support they need to transition to more efficient models of care delivery and better serve Medicare patients," writes Yehuda A. Sugarman of the AACU.
Willie Underwood, III, MD, MSc, MPH, the Buffalo, NY urologist elected to the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees in June, believes physicians must step up and help influence governmental decisions designed to improve and expand health care for all Americans.
Representatives from several urology organizations discuss the concept of Medicare for All.
"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.
"I would love to hear candidates talk about the astronomically ridiculous prices hospitals charge for surgeries, even outpatient surgeries," one urologist says.
"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.
Hassles caused by Medicare Advantage prior authorization requirements are being targeted by a coalition of medical specialty organizations and a bipartisan group of congressional representatives who are responding to their concerns.
In the face of President Trump’s proposed annual budget cuts of $47.9 billion for federal graduate medical education programs over the next decade, the medical profession is urging Congress to approve legislation to significantly increase federal GME support and help combat looming shortages in both primary and specialty care.