Health Policy urology

Which presidential candidate would be best for health care?“I have difficulty seeing any real upside between the two candidates, from the physician perspective in general, or urology in particular," said one urologist.
AUA, others continue blitz on USPSTF reformThe AUA and other organizations have been urging Congress to create transparency and accountability within the USPSTF while adding input and feedback from patients and specialists involved in treating the conditions for which it is developing recommendations.
Federal agencies consider telehealth, scope of practice proposalsIn an effort to increase access to health care providers for members of the military and veterans, federal agencies are seeking ways to expand telemedicine and practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
GOP outlines proposal for replacing ObamacareThe 2016 Medicare trustees’ recent report that the Medicare trust fund will reach insolvency by 2028 is providing fodder for congressional Republicans who are pushing a plan to replace Obamacare, including numerous proposals that would dramatically change Medicare.
AACU on MACRA: Delay rollout, adjust low-volume thresholdThe American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) submitted comments on the post-SGR Medicare reimbursement program, MACRA, on June 27, 2016. In its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AACU expressed concern over a number of provisions that stand to negatively affect urologists in their practice of medicine and increase the cost of medical care.
Organized medicine slams Part B pay planAn Obama administration plan to reform Medicare Part B payment policy has generated a chorus of bipartisan opposition from influential lawmakers and many in the medical community, including a leading oncologist who told Congress the initiative is simply an effort to cut costs by accusing physicians of prescribing more expensive drugs for profit.
AUA balances three priorities amid changing landscapeIn this interview, AUA President Richard K. Babayan, MD, discusses his goal to increase member participation in the AUA, the association’s efforts to balance three main priorities, and how the AUA will work with other organizations.
Urologist work force retirement study sounds alarmMore than one-fourth of the U.S. urologist work force plans to retire in next 5 years, according to a new study looking at the near-term impact of retirement on the specialty.
What urologists can learn from orthopods: Understanding bundled payments
Feds flex regulatory muscle on health care mergers, board authority