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Top News

Sunshine Act Review and Dispute Process Now Open Until August 27

Verify the accuracy of your industry payments and transfers of value before the August 27 deadline.

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Action Alert: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) S. 2574

New Senate bill would reform USPSTF recommendation process.

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CDC Launches National Public Health Action Plan on Infertility

The AUA has influenced the CDC’s public health plan on infertility and as a result the CDC has expanded its focus on infertility to include male infertility and men’s health in general.

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Government Relations

AUA Responds to IOM Report on GME

A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on graduate medical education recommends significant changes to funding and governance, but stops short of recommending additional residency slots.

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Science & Quality

AQUA Registry Completes Testing, Engages Stakeholders

Registry enrolls more than 100 physicians in nine states.

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CMS Announces Qualified Clinical Data Registries for PQRS Reporting

Are you interested in participating in a qualified clinical data registry to successfully report for PQRS? CMS has announced QCDRs that will be able to report quality measure data to CMS.

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Review Your 2014 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data

If you have reported at least one PQRS quality measure this year via claims-based reporting, you can now view your first quarter data using the 2014 PQRS Interim Feedback Dashboard.  

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FDA Safety Alert: New Advisories about Supplements

Learn about the latest FDA safety alerts concerning sexual enhancement supplements.

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Regulation & Reimbursement

CMS Releases Final Rule Confirming Oct. 1, 2015 as the New ICD-10 Compliance Date

New deadline allows health care industry more than a year to prepare for change.

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FDA Advisory Panel Rejects Approval of New Ablation Device for Prostate Cancer

The Advisory Panel voted unanimously against reasonable assurance of the device’s effectiveness.

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Have You Completed the AUA RUC Survey Request on Laparoscopic Removal of Lymph Node CPT Codes?

The AUA has sent an email to a random sample of AUA members encouraging their participation in the RUC survey process on two laparoscopic removal of lymph node CPT codes.

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Reimbursement Briefs: News on Coverage and Claims

Does your office use procedure codes with Modifier -22, increased procedural services? Does your office submit claims for Radium 223 (Xofigo)?

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Practice Management & Coding

Urology and AMA Delegates Agree on Need to Continue Addressing ICD-10

AUA and AMA join forces to continue pushing-back against ICD-10 implementation.

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Recent Data Gathering Demonstrates Growing Reliance on Health Information Technology

The medical profession is becoming increasingly reliant on health information technology for prescriptions and record keeping and practices not using electronic processes make up a dwindling minority.

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