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Top News

Open Payments Review Deadline Extended

Open Payments physician review system re-opened after technical difficulties; CMS announces extension of review period, but all physicians are urged to carefully review data prior to September 8 deadline.

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Gallagher Scholar Program Now Accepting Applications

Become a Health Policy Leader. Apply for the 2015-2016 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar program.

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Demonstrate a Strong Urology Specialty by Participating in the Census

Make sure you are counted! Take the AUA Annual Census.

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Regulation & Reimbursement

Reimbursement Briefs: News on Coverage and Claims

National Government Services (NGS) changes policy on testosterone pellet dosage, Nevada Anthem implements new coverage policy for surgical pathology and related prostate needle biopsy, and what to do if your office is receiving denials on Xiaflex.

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Update on Open Payments

AUA monitors Open Payments Systems and continues collaborations with other organizations for improvements. 

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FDA Classifies Implantable Transprostatic Tissue Retractor System

Following a request from NeoTract, FDA reviewed and granted a classification for the implantable transprostatic tissue retractor system.

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Practice Management & Coding

AUA Commits Volunteers and Resources to Investigating Telehealth for Urologists

Is there a future potential for urologists to provide services remotely via electronic means in underserved areas?

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Outreach Observer: The Importance of Verifying Patient Insurance Benefits

A urology practice that does not verify insurance benefits runs the risk of leaving money on the table when it comes time to collect for services. Learn more about verifying insurance benefits for operational success.

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Science & Quality

Now Available: CMS FAQs on PQRS Measure-Applicability Validation (MAV) Process

Learn more about the PQRS Measure-Applicability Validation (MAV) process.

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Data Registries Gaining More Attention

Congress, AMA tackle clinical data registries; AUA supports new legislation on registry development, use of data.

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Government Relations

Government Employee Conference Attendee Bill Moves through Senate Committee

Bill to create transparency and accountability in government conference attendance was addressed by Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

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AMA Hosts Two-Day State Advocacy Roundtable Conference

This year’s conference highlights state-level legislative and regulatory issues expected to dominate health care next year.

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