Health Policy urology

Urologists, lawmakers share experience, expertise at AACU event
Do you ‘feel the Bern’? What a single-payer system portends"While I don’t know if I 'feel the Bern' about a single-payer system, I also don’t think I would have to start looking for a second job if we transitioned to that system," writes Henry Rosevear, MD.
Survey: Urologists weigh in on MIPS, APMs, burnoutOnly one-fourth of urologists report understanding the choices available to them regarding the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models created under Medicare’s Quality Payment Program, according to the Urology Times 2017 State of the Specialty survey.
Bill would lift Stark barriers to APMsNew legislation to modify the Stark antitrust law to remove barriers so independent physicians can take advantage of advanced payment model opportunities provided to accountable care organizations in the Affordable Care Act has been introduced with the backing of the major organizations representing urology.
MedPAC advocates for MIPS terminationIf members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission have their way, the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System will be sent into oblivion, never to be heard of again.
Senate takes aim at pharmacy benefit managers’ role in rising drug costsA recently proposed bill “offers transparency measures that provide stakeholders further elucidation of how money moves through the pharmaceutical supply chain,” writes the AACU’s Brian Henderson.
Statewide tests on the role of MOC multiply
AUA’s USPSTF reform efforts continueThe AUA is continuing its efforts to aggressively come to the defense of PSA screening, a simple test that has been under siege by federal government regulators who have essentially flunked it as a routine procedure for assessing prostate health.
Can urologists find gold in Advanced APMs?
Urology-specific quality measures are comingTwo electronic Clinical Quality Measures will help urologists report on prostate and bladder cancer care.