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Top News

SGR Repeal Bill Progressing in Congress

The AUA issues its support of the SGR repeal bill, and is working with coalition partners to increase Congressional support.

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AUA RUC Survey Request: Open Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy CPT Codes

Open prostatectomy codes were identified as misvalued codes through Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) screens in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rules. The AUA has sent an email to a random sample of AUA members encouraging their participation in the RUC survey process on three open retropubic radical prostatectomy CPT codes.

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AUA Announces New Grant Initiative

New effort will fund evidence-based, data-driven physician-led projects and will start later this year.

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Government Relations

AUA Names New Government Relations & Advocacy Director

With more than 15 years of public policy experience and extensive work developing and implementing legislation and regulations involving health care and reform, new Government Relations & Advocacy Director Bradley T. Stine brings a wealth of knowledge of the legislative process as well as clinical practice issues to his new role at the AUA.

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AUA Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

Learn about the Association's top legislative priorities for 2014, approved by the Board of Directors at its February meeting.

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Regulation & Reimbursement

Reimbursement and Regulatory Updates: CMS Decreases Reimbursement for 76942

News on payments for CPT 76942, coverage for vacuum erection devices and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s new imaging accreditation requirement.

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Medicare Appeals to ALJ’s Delayed

The waiting time for Medicare appeals is exceeding six months, and the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals has issued a temporary suspension of appeals heard by an ALJ.

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ONC Proposes 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria

The first “voluntary” edition of certification criteria not tied to actual Meaningful Use regulations.

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OIG Report Shows Overpayments to Hospitals for Leuprolide Acetate

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General indicated that incorrect billing resulted in overpayments to hospitals for the administration of leuprolide acetate. Learn more about the report and what it could mean for practices.

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Practice Management & Coding

For the Record: National Medical Societies Plead for Meaningful Use Extension

The federal government and patients push for more online information about their healthcare, but providers contend that the timeline is much too aggressive to comply; JAMA study shows online rankings matter to patients, and updates on what the new SGR repeal bill may mean for EHR interoperability requirements.

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Billing with New Ordering /Referring Edits in place

Are you being plagued with denials due to the newly implemented ordering/referring edits?  If so, it may or may not be your fault. 

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Quality & Patient Safety

Last Chance to Report PQRS for 2013

Use PQRSwizard to participate in PQRS 2013, giving you a chance to avoid the penalty and perhaps earn an incentive. Act quickly to beat the March PQRS submission deadline.

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AUA2014 Health Policy Programming Highlight: Patient Safety Education Program

Join us in Orlando for AUA2014! This year’s meeting features more education than ever before, including a robust Health Policy program.

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