October 2012
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 10

McAninch Honored by American College of Surgeons

On September 30, the American College of Surgeons honored AUA past president Jack W. McAninch, MD, FACS, with its 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

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Coding Corner:

New Botox Code and New ICD-10 Deadline

AIUM Accredits First Urological Practice

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) recently granted ultrasound practice accreditation in urology to Smith Institute for Urology in New Hyde Park, New York. This is the first practice to receive accreditation in the practice of urology from the AIUM. Ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that allows practices to demonstrate that they meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. The accreditation process encourages providers of diagnostic ultrasound services to assess their strengths and weaknesses and initiate changes to improve their practices. 

Director of Ultrasound for the practice, Bruce R. Gilbert, MD, PhD, stated “As our practice grew, we greatly increased the number of physicians, sonographers, and locations at which ultrasound studies were being performed. This engendered the need for a uniform protocol for ultrasound studies to assure consistent quality. The AIUM Accreditation process helped organize our approach and markedly improve the quality of our process. "

Preparing Your Practice for 2013

As your practice gears up for another busy year in 2013, it is important to stay current on key coding issues. There are a number of things that your practice can do to prepare for the upcoming year.

Update Coding Books: Be sure to order the latest editions of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Healthcare Common Procedural Coding Systems (HCPCS) books. Using outdated books can lead to unnecessary denials or delayed reimbursement.  Purchasing new books each year can be costly but  the return on investment from accurate coding and timely payment is worth it. 

AUA/AACU Establish New UROPAC Agreement

The AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) announced the establishment of a new agreement for UROPAC, the only political action committee (PAC) dedicated to the interests of the nation’s urologists. This new memorandum serves to enhance the joint ownership of the PAC by the AACU and the AUA, and establishes a new seven-member Board, which includes equal representation from both the AACU and the AUA, as well as the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA). Under the agreement, each organization will have two representatives, with the UROPAC Chair being appointed by the AACU.

The new UROPAC Board will be chaired by Dr. Gary Kirsh, who is joined by three other officers: Vice Chair Dr. Jim Ulchaker (AUA), Secretary Dr. David Green (AUA) and Treasurer Dr. Arthur Tarantino (AACU). Rounding out the Board are Dr. Jeff Frankel (AACU), Dr. Deepak Kapoor (LUGPA) and Dr. Peter Knapp (LUGPA).