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Medical field no stranger to sexual harassmentIn 2017, a flood of accusations against high-profile men in positions of power in Hollywood, the U.S. government, and the national media have focused the nation’s attention on sexual harassment and its consequences. The medical workplace is not immune from harassment, and the national conversation presents an opportunity for health care businesses to review their risk, policies, and prevention strategies.
EHR survey: Urologists’ usage, satisfaction revealed"This survey adds to the growing body of evidence that a significant percentage of physicians, including urologists, continue to see shortcomings in their EHRs," writes Robert A. Dowling, MD.
You can deliver chronic care services; here’s howSome urology practices may be contemplating delivering chronic care management services to eligible patients, and this article will answer key questions about the program and features to consider when making that decision.
CMS financial data: Who is getting paid what?
How will quality be measured under MIPS?In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, describes what urologists need to know about the Quality category of MIPS and nuances of the scoring methodology.
Value-based pay in 2017: Where does urology fit?Value-based payment models tend to fall into three general categories: shared savings programs, capitation models, and episode-of-care models. In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, reviews the current landscape of these payment models, including public and private-sector models that may serve as examples for urology.
OIG targets IMRT, chronic care payments in 2017Each year, the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services publishes a summary of its activities and a work plan for the coming year. What follows is a summary of new topics in the FY2017 work plan that may be of interest to urologists.
MACRA: How changes in final rule affect urologyIn this article, the the most recent installment in an ongoing series, Robert A. Dowling, MD, summarizes his first impressions of the MACRA final rule and what it means for urologists.
Medicare Part D data reveal prescriber patternsThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Part D Prescriber Public Use File for 2014 claims. Part of a broader effort to increase transparency about care in general, this dataset also gives very granular information about the prescribing patterns of providers and may be used by policy makers to further scrutinize the cost of prescription drugs in the United States.
Open Payments: How urology measures up
Open Payments: How urology measures upRobert A. Dowling, MD, dug into the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recently released 2015 data from the "Open Payments" initiative, and summarizes the data on payments made to urologists.