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Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursement
Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursementTelemedicine may provide urologists with enhanced care and unique benefits—or risks—depending on the specifics of the laws that pass.
JAC 2017: IPAB repeal, liability reform see renewed focusTwo topics of particular relevance at the 2017 Joint Advocacy Conference were IPAB repeal and medical liability reform, both of which have legislative initiatives currently gaining momentum in Congress.
Inefficient payer approval processes fail patients, frustrate docs“Preauthorization has escalated beyond reason,” according to AACU President Charles McWilliams, MD.
What will replace the Affordable Care Act?President Trump’s campaign promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act has proved to be easier said than done as Republicans who control Congress have been unable to devise a workable and acceptable replacement for the controversial health care law.
Vasectomy scrutinized in contraception, scope of practice campaignsThe Affordable Care Act's controversial contraceptive coverage mandate requires most private health plans to provide cost-free coverage of female contraception. Reproductive health advocates in many states are pressing for new laws that include vasectomy in those covered services.
New HHS Secretary Dr. Price promises physician-friendly reformsTom Price, MD, would play a key role in repealing the Affordable Care Act and making significant changes to Medicare if confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
USPSTF reform: Will lame-duck Congress act?Over the past several months leading up to the November presidential and congressional elections, organizations representing urology sought to persuade members of Congress to bring sense and reason to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which nearly 5 years ago gave a “D” rating to PSA-based screening for prostate cancer.
Urologist elected to House, while docs’ numbers in Congress dropIn the 2016 elections, a urologist was elected to the House of Representatives but overall physician representation in Congress has declined to just 3%.
Relationships between urologists, policy makers yield positive resultsThrough UROPAC - Urology's Advocate on Capitol Hill, the AACU recently redoubled its commitment to connect urologists with their representatives and has found early success in doing so.
Congress seeks reform of self-referral lawA serious effort to reform the federal physician self-referral law (the Stark law) to reduce the regulatory burden imposed by the statute on medical practices is underway in Congress, and organizations representing urology are encouraging lawmakers to take action. But there is a key component of the law that the AUA and others want to be sure is not changed.