Robert A. Dowling, MD
Dr. Dowling is president of Dowling Medical Director Services, a private health care consulting firm specializing in quality improvement, clinical informatics, and health care policy affecting specialty care. He is the former medical director of a large, metropolitan single-specialty urology group in Fort Worth, TX.
MACRA pay models: What you can expect
In a series of articles this year, Robert A. Dowling, MD, will examine what you need to know about the law, what the CMS proposed rule for implementation implies for the near and long-term future, and—when it is issued later this year—what the final rule means to your urology practice.
Is a ‘perfect storm’ heading for urology?
The next few years may bring more change for urologists in a more compressed time frame than ever before. Could a perfect storm be brewing, and what should you be doing about it?
What overpayments rule means for your practice
Medicare Part B charges and payments constitute a significant fraction of the typical urology practice’s income, and owners of these practices should be aware of the pertinent rules and regulations—and the consequences of failure to comply with them.
Buy and bill: Know the nuances, save your margins
In this article, I will describe some nuances of buy and bill that you should understand in your roles of small business owner and treatment provider, especially as it pertains to Medicare.
Government clarifies PHI aspects of privacy rule
In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, addresses common questions and answers on patient access to protected health information—recently released by the government—to help your office manage this common task in a compliant fashion.
OIG to scrutinize eligibility for orders/referrals
The HHS Office of the Inspector General work plan for fiscal year 2016 includes a number of topics of interest to urologists, which is my focus in this article.
Protecting patient data: Beyond EHR systems
In this final installment in a series on privacy and security concerns, I will discuss issues related to secondary use of data derived from those primary systems.
How to safeguard your patients’ information
In this installment in a series on privacy and information security concerns, I will discuss steps you can take to safeguard your patients’ personal information.
Your patients’ personal information is at risk
In this article and several to follow, I will discuss privacy and information security concerns and what you can do to protect your patients’ data.
Do you know what your 'surgeon score' is?
A new public perspective on quality is emerging. Online rating sites, social media, and analysis of public datasets have begun to shape a larger perspective on quality, including the quality of health care institutions and providers. In this article, I will examine one of the latest examples—the “Surgeon Scorecard.”