Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
Congress poised to pass patient safety legislation
Washington--Legislation designed to help improve patient safety by reducing mistakes in health care settings stands a good chance of winning final approval by Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the November election.
Court's ruling may resurrect patients' rights bill
Physician groups decry Supreme Court decision limiting patient lawsuits against HMOs
Groups raise concerns over payments for assistants
GAO cites flaws in Medicare's policy for paying assistants-at-surgery, drawing ire of ACS and others.
Urologists have much to gain from HMO settlements
Settlements create monetary funds, prevent companies from engaging in harmful practices
Stark II's second phase limits brachytherapy referrals
Lithotripsy is generally excluded, but watch for indirect financial relationships
Payment cuts may hit solo and rural practices hardest
Reduced reimbursement for chemo will cause urologists to make drastic changes, AUA says
Chemo reimbursement cuts may have profound effect
ASCO pushes Congress to enact new legislation; hopes dim for medical liability reform
Senate support of broad liability reform is lacking
Focus will likely shift to access issues and away from caps on damages, senators say
Medicare reform cuts surgery center payment rates
Washington--Physicians who perform services, or have financial interests, in ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) are facing an uncertain future when it comes to how much they will be paid for serving Medicare patients.
Reimbursement for cancer drugs drops to 85% of AWP
Washington--The new Medicare reform bill, which for the first time provides a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients, comes with a hidden cost for physicians who administer chemotherapy drugs in their offices-and perhaps their patients.

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