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Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
Urology groups hail recent policy victories
Urologists can claim substantial victories as a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump in February—including an end to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which had been established by the Affordable Care Act to help control Medicare spending.
How would MedPAC replace MIPS?
If the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has its way with Congress, urologists and other Medicare providers will be subjected to a new payment system, replacing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that was established when the sustainable growth rate formula was ditched in 2015.
Change to Part B pay draws specialty ire
Several medical societies, including the AUA and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, are urging congressional leaders to prevent CMS from applying MIPS adjustments to Part B drug payments.
Proposed bill targets prostate cancer misdiagnoses
Legislation that advocates believe would significantly reduce prostate cancer misdiagnoses is making its way through Congress and has the support of major urologic organizations and prostate cancer interest groups.
Bill would lift Stark barriers to APMs
New legislation to modify the Stark antitrust law to remove barriers so independent physicians can take advantage of advanced payment model opportunities provided to accountable care organizations in the Affordable Care Act has been introduced with the backing of the major organizations representing urology.
PCa active surveillance trends revealed in ‘real-world’ study
Nearly three-fourths of men with very low-risk prostate cancer underwent active surveillance as a primary therapy, according to a study presented at the LUGPA annual meeting in Chicago.
LUGPA advocacy targets self-referral laws, USPSTF reform
In his health policy briefing, Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, discusses LUGPA’s comments to CMS regarding MACRA and the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule.
LUGPA puts resources behind key policy initiatives, future leaders
The association and its member groups are “leading the way” in developing urology-specific measures that can be used for MIPS quality reporting, says LUGPA President Neal D. Shore, MD.
MedPAC advocates for MIPS termination
If members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission have their way, the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System will be sent into oblivion, never to be heard of again.
AUA’s USPSTF reform efforts continue
The AUA is continuing its efforts to aggressively come to the defense of PSA screening, a simple test that has been under siege by federal government regulators who have essentially flunked it as a routine procedure for assessing prostate health.