Bob Gatty recaps the recent Annual Urology Advocacy Summit in Washington.
Health Policy Urology
In this "Practice Matters" column Robert A. Dowling, MD, outlines practice management and health policy sessions to watch for at the 2018 AUA annual meeting in San Francisco.
"In recent years, lawmakers in several states considered legislation to conform their laws and exceptions to those outlined in the Stark law," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
James Lifton, MBA, a public (non-physician) director of the American Board of Medical Specialties, shares his observations from the recent American Board of Urology Examination Committee meeting.
If the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has its way with Congress, urologists and other Medicare providers will be subjected to a new payment system, replacing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that was established when the sustainable growth rate formula was ditched in 2015.
Several medical societies, including the AUA and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, are urging congressional leaders to prevent CMS from applying MIPS adjustments to Part B drug payments.
"Perhaps the biggest Medicare reform concern for urologists is the potential for provider reimbursements cuts, a threat that has continued to loom over the health care community for some time," writes the AACU's Ally Lopshire.
Switching a medication from prescription to over-the-counter status comes with challenges and risks, and is not always successful. In this interview, Roger Dmochowski, MD, discusses the pros and cons of OTC medications and explains the hurdles facing potential OTC products for urologic conditions.
Legislation that advocates believe would significantly reduce prostate cancer misdiagnoses is making its way through Congress and has the support of major urologic organizations and prostate cancer interest groups.
Giving back. Studying and following AUA guidelines. Getting a scribe in order to spend more face-to-face time with patients. These are just a few of the responses we received when we reached out to our Editorial Advisory Board, Reader Reactor Panel, and you to find out what your professional resolutions are for 2018.