“Existing Stark and associated fraud and abuse laws are one of the principal barriers to the development of [alternative payment models] and the advancement of value-based care,” says Gary M. Kirsh, MD.
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"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.
The American Association of Clinical Urologists recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a high-profile annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Organizations representing urologists are urging Congress to enact protections from medical liability lawsuits for medical professionals who volunteer during emergencies, such as natural disasters or other large-scale crises.
Noted in many recent accounts of doctors running for Congress is the fact that, since January 2017, urologists have been fortunate to have one of their own serving in the U.S. House of Representatives—Florida's Neal Dunn, MD.
"[The MIPS program] provides the only mechanism for many specialists and subspecialists to engage in federally-sponsored quality improvement and demonstrate their commitment to deliver high-value care," says Parag Parekh, MD, of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine.
"If the rule changes proposed by Medicare for 2019 are passed, they may very well change the way you practice," write Ray Painter, MD, and Mark Painter.
It’s been a busy couple of months for health policy on Capitol Hill, as the AACU and UROPAC continue to make headway in their efforts to strengthen urology’s voice in Washington.
In an amicus brief, the American Medical Association warns of interference with medical judgments.
Choices include playing the MIPS game or qualifying as an advanced APM.