Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
ASC rule retains coverage for three urologic procedures
Washington--Federal officials, after considering arguments and concerns presented by urologists and others, have decided to continue coverage for nearly 100 procedures performed in ambulatory surgical centers, including three urologic procedures, instead of removing them from the approved list as had been previously proposed.
CMS proposes competitive acquisition program for injectables
Washington--The federal government is proposing a new way to pay for injectable or intravenous drugs administered by physicians in their offices, but AUA says the plan is so confusing, burdensome, and administratively costly that it will not be used unless significant changes are made.
Medicare changes for 2006: More bad news for MDs, patients
Washington--Both physicians and Medicare beneficiaries are in for a jolt next year, according to government officials who indicated in late March that Medicare will slash physician payments by 4.3% in 2006 and slap beneficiaries with an $11 per month premium increase.
Debate rages over Medicare coverage of sexual dysfunction drugs
Washington--A controversy is brewing over whether Medicare should pay for erectile dysfunction drugs, which boiled over in the midst of heated discussions over the cost of the new Medicare drug benefit. Now estimated at $720 billion, the expected cost of the program is nearly double the government's original 2003 projections.
CMS may drop four urologic procedures from ASC coverage
Washington—Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have recommended that several urologic procedures be ineligible for reimbursement if they are performed in ambulatory surgical centers.
New Senate boosts hope for medical liability reform
Washington--There's an outside chance that urologists tired of fighting for medical liability reform in efforts to reduce their insurance rates could end up benefiting from the work of a surgeon who became a politician and is determined to get some federal judges confirmed by Congress.
Medicare payments to exceed costs by 6%, report says
Washington--Efforts by urologists and other specialists to modify a costly new Medicare drug payment policy may face a significant roadblock as a result of an investigation by a federal watchdog agency.
Medicare revenue for urologists will drop 14% in 2005
Washington--The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published its final rule implementing the 2005 Medicare fee schedule, and it's not good news for urologists—especially those who administer cancer drugs in their offices.
Medical liability, patient safety bills stall in Congress
Washington—The results of this month's presidential and congressional elections will go a long way toward determining the fate of efforts to curb medical liability lawsuits and judgments, as well as the related issue of protecting patient safety.
New Medicare rule drops urology payments by 13%
Washington--Even though the new Medicare physician fee schedule rule increases physician payments by 1.5% overall for Medicare services, urologists are facing a 13% reduction, according to AUA officials.