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AUA Practice Management Conference Highlights

With 2014 marking the first year that Meaningful Use Stage 2 takes effect for some practices, discussions about patient portals and online access to electronic health information—just some of the core objectives required through Stage 2—continue to attract significant attention. Such was the case at this year’s American Urological Association Practice Management Conference, where the talk “Adopting an Effective Patient Portal” was featured as one of the key general session presentations.
Key elements in maintaining high efficiency in the revenue cycle and collection processes include a good dashboard reporting system, teamwork, and strong leadership, according to a presentation by Coker Group senior staff at the 2014 American Urological Association Practice Man­agement Conference.
Urology practices in hospital and community settings can increase patient volume and revenue with the efficient use of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), according to a presentation at the 2014 American Urological Association Practice Management Conference.
Practice managers gathered recently at the 11th Annual American Urological Association’s Practice Management Conference in Orlando to hear the presentation, “Concep­-tualizing a Bundled Payment for BPH Patients.”
At the American Urological Asso­ciation’s annual meeting, recognized medical compliance expert Sean Weiss, CPMA, CPC, CPC-P, CCP-P, ACS-EM, Chief Compliance Officer for DoctorsManagement in Knoxville, Tennessee, offered urologists and urology practice managers tips on how to avoid audits or—if luck turns the other way—how to survive them.
Medical necessity is defined as “healthcare services or products that a prudent physician would provide for the purpose of preventing, diagnosing, or treating an illness, injury, disease, or its symptoms (American Medical Association, Policy H-320[3], AMA Policy Compendium).”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to limit the scope of in-office ancillary services. At the American Urological Association (AUA)’s annual meeting, Julie E. Kass, JD, Principal of Ober|Kaler’s Health Law Group in Washington, DC, whose practice deals with regulatory aspects of the Stark law and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, described such services as advanced imaging (eg, computed tomography [CT], magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], positron emission tomography [PET] scans), anatomic pathology, radiation oncology, and lithotripsy.
An operational assessment is a head-to-toe diagnostic review of your practice. The most difficult thing, he observed, is being objective about your practice.
Some say that being employed by a hospital is inevitable. While this may be true for cardiologists, it does not yet apply to urologists.
At the American Urological Asso­ci­ation annual practice management meeting, what urology practice managers need to know to prevent succumbing to billing and coding pitfalls was outlined.
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