November 2012
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 11

Aetna Postpones Pathology Accreditation

Aetna is delaying the implementation of the in-office surgical pathology policy to April 1, 2013, to allow physicians adequate time to receive their additional lab accreditation. 

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Coding Corner:

CPT Code Changes Affecting Urology in 2013

Prostate Biopsy White Paper Released

At the May 2011 Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee meeting, committee members noted increased reports of sepsis and infectious complications after prostate needle biopsies. The Committee decided that the AUA should respond by forming a workgroup made up of members of the QIPS Committee, along with Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) representatives, to draft a white paper. Representatives from these organizations collaborated previously to develop a white paper on the reprocessing of flexible cystoscopes, which was well received. The work on this previous white paper served as a template for the prostate needle biopsy workgroup. 

CMS Forms PQRS Informal Review Request Process

Established in 2007 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS, also formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, or PQRI) is a voluntary physician quality reporting system that currently provides an incentive payment for eligible professionals who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered professional services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries. Annually, CMS provides participants with feedback reports that allow them to gauge their participation success. However, often there are questions about the accuracy of these reports. 

Q&A with Dr. Kristin Chrouser, AUA PCPI Primary Representative

Q: Dr. Chrouser, what is your role on the AUA’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) committee?

A: I am currently an assistant professor in urology at the University of Minnesota. In addition to clinical urology, I have a background in public health focusing on leadership and management. My research interests include surgical outcomes and patient safety, and I have implementation experience in surgical logistics and process improvement in low-income countries. I was a consultant to the QIPS Committee in 2011 and became a member in 2012. I also serve as the QIPS representative to the AUA Coding and Reimbursement Committee, as well as the AUA representative to the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI). I am excited to be a part of the QIPS team, helping to ensure that urologists have the tools needed to provide the best and most efficient care possible for their patients.