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

AUA Receives Gold Pearl Award for Guidelines Video

Earlier this month, the AUA was awarded the gold award for best video in the digital category of the 10th annual Custom Content Council’s Pearl Awards for its video highlighting AUA Guidelines.

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AUA Coding Today Remains Available in 2013 as a Subscription Product

AUA Hosts Inaugural Meeting of Urotrauma Policy Roundtable

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing the issue of urotrauma and its impact on U.S. veterans returning from service overseas, the AUA – in conjunction with other health and veterans’ advocacy groups – is pleased to announce the formation of the Urotrauma Policy Roundtable. This coalition held its inaugural meeting on Thursday, November 16, and will be working in partnership to educate lawmakers about these devastating injuries and to re-introduce legislation specific to urotrauma. The legislation, authored by lawmakers in conjunction with the AUA, was originally introduced in 2009 and was re-introduced in 2011 by champions Brett Guthrie (R-KY-D), Mike Ross (D-AR-4), Peter King (R-NY-3), Mike McIntyre (D-NC-7) and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15).

For The Record

Professional Athletes Now Tracked on EHRs
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on November 14, 2012, that the health records of the players on all 30 NBA teams will be kept on the Cerner cloud-based platform called “HealtheAthlete.” According to an article in EWeek online newsletter by Brian Horowitz, the system will “allow trainers and doctors for all 30 teams to manage players' health care data.” Each NBA athlete will also have access to a Personal Health Record (PHR) where he can track his own personal health data, records of injuries and rehab completed.

Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs)/Legacy Carriers Update

Medicare Contracting Reform
In December 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003, which requires that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) replace Part A fiscal intermediaries (FI) and Part B carrier contracts with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). CMS began to award A/B MAC contracts in April 2006, with the intent to consolidate all intermediaries and carriers into 15 jurisdictions, numbering each region from 1 to 15. However, before CMS could award all the contracts, the decision was made to reconsolidate the 15 numbered jurisdictions into 10 alphabetical jurisdictions. This has resulted in a phased process that will take several years to complete. Additional A/B MAC information can be found here