Health Policy urology

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.
Committee seeks to ban concurrent surgeriesThe practice of performing concurrent and overlapping surgeries in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers across the nation has come under scrutiny by the Senate Finance Committee, and hospitals and surgeons are on notice that some practices that may have been commonplace in the past need to change.
CMS data: Health care spending continues to riseRobert A. Dowling, MD, summarizes key findings from the recent CMS report “National Health Spending: Faster Growth In 2015 As Coverage Expands and Utilization Increases."
How Trump will change health care: UT’s board members weigh in“I am concerned about decreased federal support impacting urologic clinical practices and research progress,” Arthur L. Burnett, II, MD, MBA, told Urology Times.
How will health care change under a Trump presidency?"I don’t know what to expect from any aspect of the President Trump camp. There is so much vagueness in what he says," one urologist said.