June 2013
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 6

FDA Issues Alert on NuVision Products

Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued and then expanded an alert to healthcare providers concerning a lack of sterility assurance of all sterile drug products made and distributed by NuVision Pharmacy of Dallas, TX. This compounding pharmacy produces an array of products including several used for treatment of urologic conditions.

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Coding Corner:

Your Guide for Procedural Modifiers

AUA gets USPSTF Bill Introduced

On May 23, Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), John Barrow (D-GA-12), Lee Terry (R-NE-2), and Donna Christensen (D-VI) introduced the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013. This bipartisan legislation calls for significant changes to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the process by which the group makes formal recommendations regarding preventive care services.

Most importantly, the bill strikes the language added by the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) that directly ties Medicare coverage of a particular preventive service to the grade given by the USPSTF.

Other key changes called for by the legislation include a mandate to ensure a “balanced representation of primary and specialty care providers” and other key stakeholders in the healthcare community are involved in development and review of recommendations. 

For The Record

On April 16, 2013, six Republican Senators issued a white paper entitled “REBOOT: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT". The Senators were Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and John Thune (R-SD).

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Implements New Policy January 1, 2013

The Reimbursement and Regulation Department (R&R) has been reaching out to urology practice managers in Massachusetts to obtain information about potentially denied ultrasound claims. As offices may or may not be aware, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is requiring any urology practice that performs ultrasound studies (except for transrectal ultrasound) to obtain accreditation through the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).  If you receive a call from the AUA’s Reimbursement & Regulation Department, please take a few minutes to answer questions about this very important matter, so we can gather data to aid in this process. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the R&R department at RR&Q@AUAnet.org.