Health Policy urology

MACRA leaves urologists confused, skepticalThe era of value-based health care has arrived. And while the idea of basing reimbursement on quality and efficiency rather than volume of care is good in theory, the majority of urologists say it will be difficult to carry out, according to Urology Times' 2016 State of the Specialty survey.
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.
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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%.
Off the fee-for-service hamster wheel
MACRA implementation emphasizes specialty collaborationIn this exclusive interview, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, discusses alternative payment models, outlines what resources are available for practices, and provides an overview of the three options practices have for participation in the Quality Payment Program.
MedPAC talks cost cutting as IPAB loomsTwo days of discussions at the Sept. 7 and 8 meetings of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission highlighted the difficulties and complexities that will face policymakers as they consider solutions to the financial crisis facing Medicare.
Update: States limit the role of specialty certificationResponding to physicians’ data-driven arguments, including a December 2014 JAMA study showing maintenance of certification (MOC) programs do not improve patient outcomes (JAMA 2014; 312:2348-57), state legislators proposed several new laws in 2016.
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.