Health Policy Urology

Lawmakers take divergent paths on referral laws"In recent years, lawmakers in several states considered legislation to conform their laws and exceptions to those outlined in the Stark law," writes the AACU's Ross E. Weber.
ABU exams: A look inside the question-writing processJames Lifton, MBA, a public (non-physician) director of the American Board of Medical Specialties, shares his observations from the recent American Board of Urology Examination Committee meeting.
How would MedPAC replace MIPS?If the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has its way with Congress, urologists and other Medicare providers will be subjected to a new payment system, replacing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that was established when the sustainable growth rate formula was ditched in 2015.
Why your practice should consider team-based care"In the team-based care approach, every member of the care team should work to the highest level of their training and skill set," writes new Urology Times blogger Rick Rutherford, CMPE.
Congressional retirements promise to make waves"No matter the most accurate interpretation of the current spate of retirements, the volume of vacancies promises to alter the political calculus in Washington," writes the AACU's Brian Henderson.
Change to Part B pay draws specialty ireSeveral medical societies, including the AUA and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, are urging congressional leaders to prevent CMS from applying MIPS adjustments to Part B drug payments.
Solving problem patients
Solving problem patientsRude and disrespectful patient behavior. Being late for appointments. And patients complaining about fees, co-pays, and more. These are some of urologists’ biggest gripes with patients, according to a single-question UrologyTimes.com poll conducted in December 2017.
When it’s time to part ways with a patientPhysicians legally may discharge a patient for any nondiscriminatory reason, but termination is not without pitfalls. Experts offer some tips on avoiding them.
Tax law may threaten Medicare, provider pay"Perhaps the biggest Medicare reform concern for urologists is the potential for provider reimbursements cuts, a threat that has continued to loom over the health care community for some time," writes the AACU's Ally Lopshire.
The switch to OTC: Are urologic drugs next?
The switch to OTC: Are urologic drugs next?Switching a medication from prescription to over-the-counter status comes with challenges and risks, and is not always successful. In this interview, Roger Dmochowski, MD, discusses the pros and cons of OTC medications and explains the hurdles facing potential OTC products for urologic conditions.