Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
Pay freeze heads list of Medicare reforms
Urologists and other physicians who treat Medicare patients have again escaped a steep reimbursement reduction as President Obama on Dec. 15 signed legislation passed by the lame-duck Congress providing a 12-month reprieve.
Is an sustainable growth rate fix possible with the new Congress?
With a new, Republican-controlled House of Representatives and more GOP votes in the Senate, what are the chances of finally achieving a permanent fix of the Medicare fee schedule that has plagued urologists and every other physician who treats Medicare patients for years?
MedPAC's self-referral suggestions under fire
The debate over questions of self referral and inappropriate utilization of medical imaging services by physicians is continuing in Washington, with possibly restrictive recommendations looming from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and provisions of the health reform law being implemented.
American Urological Association, lawmakers oppose Medicare advisory board
A large number of organizations in the medical community—including the AUA—have launched a campaign to persuade Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an entity designed by Congress to take politics out of decisions involving changes to federal health programs such as Medicare.
Lawsuit delays 'Red Flags Rule' enactment for urologists and other physicians
Implementation of the "Red Flags Rule" by the Federal Trade Commission, which would require medical practices and other businesses to take specific steps to minimize identity theft and which has been challenged by the AUA, has been delayed until a federal appeals court rules on a lawsuit by the American Bar Association.
Group challenges radiation therapy self-referral charges
Possible new federal self-referral restrictions on radiation therapy services are being aggressively challenged by a nationwide group of integrated group practice physicians who take issue with charges that physician ownership of equipment used in the procedures results in increased and unnecessary services and Medicare costs.
Latest 'doc fix' in Medicare reimbursement will increase payments 2%
Urologists and other physicians who serve Medicare patients have been given another temporary reprieve from a scheduled reimbursment cut.
Proposed malpractice reforms' effects unclear
A new study indicates that existing evidence is insufficient to show that most of the tort reforms sought—with the exception of caps on noneconomic damages—would be effective in reducing malpractice claims frequency and costs and defensive medicine, or improving the supply of health care services and quality of care.
Despite historic health care vote, no sustainable growth rate reform
What is it going to take for Congress to stop playing games with physicians who treat Medicare patients and develop an effective solution to the fee cuts that are scheduled every year and require last-minute, short-term solutions?
Urologists bemoan health care reform bill on several counts
A major cause of concern among urologists and other physicians with large Medicare patient practices is a provision in the new law that will establish a new Independent Payment Advisory Board that is charged with reducing the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending indefinitely.

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