September 2012
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 9

ACS Reporting Quality Measures

In the final 2012 payment rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a quality reporting program for ASCs.

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Coding Corner:

Palmetto Adopts Guideline Changing the Reporting of Prostate Biopsy Specimens

Foundation Campaign Helps Patients Learn, Seek Help for Overactive Bladder Symptoms

The AUA's Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., and the healthcare community, have joined forces to raise awareness of Overactive Bladder (OAB) as a public health issue. Through the “It’s Time to Talk About OAB” campaign, we are actively encouraging patients to start talking about their symptoms and to start talking to their doctors about treatment. The campaign is based on the AUA’s clinical practice guideline on OAB, released earlier this year. 

The goal of “It’s Time to Talk About OAB” is simple: we want people to better understand their OAB symptoms and to speak to their doctors about treatment. The campaign website, www.ItsTimetoTalkAboutOAB.org, features helpful information and resources for your patients, such as the Bladder Pal app and Find-A-Urologist tool. To find the Bladder Pal app, click on the 'Assess Your OAB Symptoms' tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Take Advantage of Government Incentive Programs

Why would your practice leave money on the table? Master these government incentive programs now to earn incentives for what you already do and to prevent future payment adjustments. 

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) – In 2012, this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) reporting program is currently voluntary but, in 2013, those that do not participate or who do not participate satisfactorily will suffer Medicare payment reductions.

Currently PQRS provides a financial incentive for eligible professionals who satisfactorily report data on certain quality measures for Medicare Part B services paid under the physician fee schedule.  

Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program

In 2007, the AUA Board of Directors implemented the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program as a way to attract and train the AUA’s future health policy leaders, as well as honoring the AUA’s former executive director, G. James Gallagher. This popular program has named a total of six scholars since its inception. We are in the process of recruiting our seventh scholar and encourage all who are interested in learning more about — and advocating for — health policy to apply. 

During the course of the recipient’s one-year obligation, the scholar will gain essential knowledge about policy issues that impact urology through mentoring from AUA health policy leaders and participation in an array of important health policy events and meetings, which include among others: 

  • American College of Surgeon’s annual week-long summer seminar on health policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA
  • American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates meeting (locations vary)
  • AUA Joint Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC
  • AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) meeting (locations vary)