• Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Genomic Testing
  • Next-Generation Imaging
  • UTUC
  • OAB and Incontinence
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Men's Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Female Urology
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Kidney Stones
  • Urologic Surgery
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Benign Conditions
  • Prostate Cancer

Top 12 practice management articles of 2017


Our most-read practice management articles covered topics including reimbursement, personal finance, and EHR fraud.

Reimbursement. Personal finance. EHRs. These were just a few of the hot topics in practice management this year, as shown by what articles in this area have been popular with you, the reader, online. Our look at the best of 2017 continues with this list of our most-read articles from our “Business of Urology” section.

Telemedicine: Reimbursement in fee-for-service, quality models

Ray Painter, MD, and Mark Painter look at telemedicine reimbursement in fee-for-service and quality-based models. Read more

Established patient return visits: How to avoid a denial

Recording unique a unique history of present illness is the among ways to prove patient information has been recaptured and not recopied, say the Painters. Read more

CMS financial data: Who is getting paid what?

Industry payments to urologists totaled $30.8 million in 2016, an Open Payments report indicates. “Bottom Line” columnist Robert A. Dowling, MD, analyzes the report and what it reveals about payments to urologists. Read more

Next: Lifestyle creep, selling your practice


Lifestyle creep: What is it, and how do you avoid it?

In 2017, Urology Times welcomed new “Money Matters” columnists Jeff Witz, CFP, and David Zemon. In this column, they caution urologists to beware of excessive spending after attaining a higher standard of living. Read more

Planning for retirement: How much is enough?

Consider income needs and retirement age, and don't underestimate your life expectancy, say Witz and Zemon. Read more

OIG targets IMRT, chronic care payments in 2017

The agency will also conduct an analysis of 2015 data extracted from the "Open Payments" database, according to Dr. Dowling. Read more

Selling your practice: How to determine its value

A basic understanding of the valuation process is critical, as perspective can vary among potential buyers, say Randy R. Bauman and Neil H. Baum, MD. Read more

Next: Lessons from EHR fraud case, top 10 tips for getting finances in order


What urologists can learn from EHR fraud case

"A baseline understanding of the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and other relevant laws is a necessary part of practicing medicine in the modern age," writes Dr. Dowling. Read more

BCG instillation: Why you can’t get reimbursed for catheters

The Painters also answer a question about coding and billing for pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron) used for interstitial cystitis treatment. Read more

Top 10 tips for getting your finances in order

Money management should be reviewed regularly to get the most out of your earnings, write Witz and Zemon. Read more

CMS data: Health care spending continues to rise

Findings from a recent report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicate that the fee-for-service model is still driving significant spending growth, according to Dr. Dowling. Learn more

How to get reimbursed for BPH water vapor ablation

In this "Coding Q&A" column, the Painters outline two possible coding pathways for convective water vapor ablation for lower urinary tract symptoms/BPH (Rezum System). Learn more

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