Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
No sustainable growth rate solution included in default deal
The national budget crisis that has consumed Washington threatens to worsen the outlook for physicians, urologists included, who hope to avoid a 29.5% Medicare payment reduction scheduled for Jan. 1, 2012 unless Congress acts once again to avert it.
Imaging reimbursement fight intensifies for urologists
The attack on Medicare payments for advanced imaging services is intensifying in Washington as both lawmakers on Capitol Hill and regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services target them for cuts.
American Urological Association offers concrete solutions to sustainable growth rate problem
Despite the nation's budget crisis, the fact that Medicare reform is being discussed and a near-30% cut in Medicare physician fees looms in January appears to be providing some incentive for lawmakers to get serious about reforming the system used to pay doctors who treat patients under the program.
American Urological Association protests suggested imaging pay cuts
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has made recommendations to Congress that, if implemented, would limit or reduce payments to urologists for in-office imaging services.
Reform law ignores crucial problem of doctor pay, according to Gail Wilensky, PhD
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the new health care reform law, takes some "paltry steps" toward improving the quality of medical care, but it ignores the most fundamental problem that still begs for a solution—how to fairly compensate physicians who treat Medicare patients.
Urologists 'demand to be heard' at Capitol Hill event
Determined to defend their profession and their practices, some 180 urologists from 39 states across the nation came to Washington in late March for the 2011 Joint Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists.
Independent Payment Advisory Board foes press for repeal
Urologists who came to Washington in March to let Congress know their concerns about key regulatory issues had a big target in mind—killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the new health care reform law as a way to reduce Medicare costs.
GOP targets Medicare payment advisory board
With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, there is some potential good news and bad news for physicians, including urologists, as the drive to slash the federal deficit moves into high gear.
AUA objects to 2011 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment policies
With huge Medicare reimbursement cuts for physicians now off the table for this year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed a 1% increase for 2012 as a way of encouraging physicians to continue to treat Medicare patients.
Tort reform may finally become reality in 2011
Will 2011 be the year that medical malpractice reform becomes a reality? The new political alignment in Congress appears to offer more hope than in many years past, and advocates are anxious to achieve that long-elusive objective.

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