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    AUA pursues revised priorities on Capitol Hill

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    Dr. Price pursues balance billing legislation

    While the JAC was underway, HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, told the Senate Finance Committee that he supports enacting balance billing legislation, which would allow physicians to bill Medicare beneficiaries more than the rates approved by the senior health care coverage program. Dr. Price said balance billing would encourage more providers to work with Medicare beneficiaries.

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    The drive to enact balance billing legislation was one of Dr. Price’s pet projects during his time in the House of Representatives, when he introduced such legislation several times. In his new position of HHS secretary within President Trump’s cabinet, and with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, insiders believe he now is in a stronger position to make balance billing a reality.

    It will be interesting to see over the next 2 years the impact of President Trump’s drive to reduce federal spending to finance increased funding for defense on such health care priorities as those listed by the AUA. In addition, the ultimate outcome of ACA reform and the drive by conservatives in Congress to slash Medicare spending also can be expected to impact any effort to increase spending, even for such objectives as cancer research funding.

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    Bob Gatty
    Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.

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