Ross E. Weber
Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursement
Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursement
Telemedicine may provide urologists with enhanced care and unique benefits—or risks—depending on the specifics of the laws that pass.
Policymakers consider intersex surgical standards
Organizations that promote national medical policy standards and lawmakers in several states have recently considered proposals that would direct scrutiny upon surgical procedures undertaken in infancy to assign or confirm gender.
Inefficient payer approval processes fail patients, frustrate docs
“Preauthorization has escalated beyond reason,” according to AACU President Charles McWilliams, MD.
Vasectomy scrutinized in contraception, scope of practice campaigns
The Affordable Care Act's controversial contraceptive coverage mandate requires most private health plans to provide cost-free coverage of female contraception. Reproductive health advocates in many states are pressing for new laws that include vasectomy in those covered services.
New HHS Secretary Dr. Price promises physician-friendly reforms
Tom Price, MD, would play a key role in repealing the Affordable Care Act and making significant changes to Medicare if confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Urologist elected to House, while docs’ numbers in Congress drop
In the 2016 elections, a urologist was elected to the House of Representatives but overall physician representation in Congress has declined to just 3%.
Update: States limit the role of specialty certification
Responding to physicians’ data-driven arguments, including a December 2014 JAMA study showing maintenance of certification (MOC) programs do not improve patient outcomes (JAMA 2014; 312:2348-57), state legislators proposed several new laws in 2016.
States attempt to limit importance of MOC
"As evidenced by the flurry of activity at the state and federal levels of government, many physicians are fighting back against increasingly burdensome recertification requirements," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
Single-payer proposals crop up at state, federal level
In the latest AACU Legislative Update, Ross E. Weber examines so-called “public options” being weighed in several states and the nation’s capital. Learn more.

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