Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
Proposed overpayment rule draws ire from American Urological Association
How would you like to have to go back for 10 years and figure out if the feds have overpaid you on a Medicare or Medicaid claim and then be required to pay up within 60 days or face monetary penalties and maybe get kicked out of federal health care programs? That's exactly what will happen unless a regulation proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is significantly revised.
GOP steps up efforts to repeal payment board established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
On March 22, the GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) now being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court, and intended to provide a mechanism to control increasing Medicare costs.
American Urological Association reiterates call for permanent sustainable growth rate formula fix
Although urologists who treat Medicare patients will not face sharp fee reductions this year because of yet another stopgap action taken by Congress in February, even steeper cuts are on tap for next January unless the new Congress comes to the rescue.
Urologist group wins right to challenge Stark regulation
The Council for Urological Interests (CUI), an organization of physician-owned joint ventures that provide urologic laser equipment and services to hospitals, will now have its challenge of regulations stemming from the Stark law heard in court—despite objections from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
High court to argue more than insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act
Ever get paid by a pharmaceutical company for participating in research or making a speech? Has a drug rep ever bought you lunch or paid for a round of golf? Those practices could soon be a thing of the past.
Lack of long-term sustainable growth rate fix continues to frustrate urologists and other physicians
As a result of a classic Washington decision just before Christmas, a 27.4% Medicare fee cut was delayed from its original Jan. 1 implementation date and is now scheduled, barring miraculous congressional action, to take effect on Feb. 29.
Reimbursement fights to intensify for urologists and other physicians in 2012
Urologists and other physicians across the country now find themselves in the midst of a high stakes game of "chicken" on Capitol Hill, with their level of compensation for treating Medicare patients at stake.
Revised accountable care organization program draws early praise
Urologists and other health care providers now need to consider whether to participate in the federal government's new accountable care organization program, finalized in mid-October as a way to help reduce Medicare costs while improving patient care.
Proposed sustainable growth rate solution met with criticism
There is worry that the ultimate cure for the sustainable growth rate malady could end up being as bad, or worse, than the disease.
American Urological Association, others protest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plan to sell claims data
Physician organizations nationwide, including the AUA, have united in opposition to many provisions of a plan by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to sell Medicare claims data to qualified businesses that would generate public reports rating physician performance in each episode of care.

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