Health Policy urology

Policymakers consider intersex surgical standardsOrganizations that promote national medical policy standards and lawmakers in several states have recently considered proposals that would direct scrutiny upon surgical procedures undertaken in infancy to assign or confirm gender.
Guarded approval for new USPSTF PSA gradeThe new draft recommendation on PSA screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which improves the previous D rating for all men to a C rating for those ages 55 to 69 years, has been met with guarded approval by three of the key national organizations representing urologists.
AUA pursues revised priorities on Capitol HillHundreds of urologists visited Capitol Hill last month as part of the Joint Advocacy Conference, where they met with members of Congress on key issues affecting health care, urology, and urology practices. They did so at a historic time, as lawmakers sought to enact Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
MedPAC proposals seek to mitigate Part B spending
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.
‘I can’t keep up’: Pay cuts, prior authorization take their toll
‘I can’t keep up’: Pay cuts, prior authorization take their toll
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.
VA: APRNs may practice without oversightIn the wake of heated criticism about lengthy wait times for veterans’ care at Veterans Health Administration hospitals, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has moved to allow advanced-practice registered nurses to practice to their full authority without physician oversight and regardless of individual state law in VA facilities.
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.