Representatives from several urology organizations discuss the concept of Medicare for All.
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"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.
"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.
Few physicians will argue that prior authorization is an administrative headache. Now, however, there are mounting data showing that prior authorization does more harm than good.
"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.
The 35-day government shutdown over President Trump’s border wall may have had a direct impact on many urologists beyond the many inconveniences and the cost to taxpayers that it caused—a reduction of 22% in the reimbursement rate for a popular procedure.