March 2013
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 3

AUA/AACU to Jointly Present AUA2013 Health Policy Forum

On May 6, 2013, the AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) will present this year’s health policy forum, Health Information Technologies and Novel Reimbursement Models in the era of Affordable Care Act, at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

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Coding Corner:

NCPPR Recommends Fast-track Elimination of Medicare Fee-for-Service Payments

AUA Board of Directors Approves Quality Strategic Plan

The AUA Board of Directors recently reviewed and approved a 5-year strategic plan for AUA Quality-related initiatives. The plan, developed by the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee and Quality Department staff, delineates definitive strategies for assisting AUA members to enhance their quality of care and improve patient outcomes. 

To carry out the quality improvement and patient safety goals of the AUA, this framework outlines the following projects:

For The Record

On March 1, President Obama signed an Executive Order implementing the across-the-board cuts required by the sequestration portion of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. Medicare payments to providers will be reduced by two percent as a result of this order. This two percent reduction includes cuts in the amounts paid to physicians and hospitals entitled to receive incentive payments from Medicare for the Meaningful Use (MU) of electronic health records. This comes as a surprise to a number of industry experts who believed that the MU incentive payments were exempt. 

2013 JAC Recap

Physician payment reform, quality care and physician workforce were key themes at the Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference, held last week in Washington, DC. Now in its 8th year, the conference is designed to not only educate the nation’s urologists on issues of import to the specialty, but gave them the opportunity to bring urology’s message to Capitol Hill through meetings with lawmakers and their staff. The Conference is jointly presented by the AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU).

More than 150 urologists and staff representing 41 states and territories across the union were in attendance this year. Over the course of the three-day conference, attendees heard from key lawmakers, regulators, Hill staff and policy analysts, who spoke to major issues facing medicine, including healthcare quality and value, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the future of the U.S. healthcare system.