AUA Meeting Highlights
Healthcare reform and associated economic pressures “have changed the rules” for virtually all healthcare providers, and providers must reinvent strategic approaches and care delivery models in response to these changes, said Max Reiboldt, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer, the Coker Group.
During her presentation at the 2016 AUA Practice Management Conference, Ms Maldonado reviewed some of the problem areas that have come to the attention of coding consultants for the AUA coding hotline.
Smartphone applications and online telehealth services have already proved popular in primary care, and their expansion into urology and other specialties is imminent. Some payers have begun to include telehealth requirements in contracts with hospitals and other providers, and studies have shown that telehealth reduces costs and can help to reduce hospital admission and readmission rates.
“The ultimate goal is to develop a viable strategy that incorporates aspects of traditional and contemporary approaches to meet the needs of the shifting healthcare landscape,” said Max Reiboldt, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coker Group, Alpharetta, GA.
The study examined the association between testosterone replacement and prostate cancer using the National Prostate Cancer Register and the Prescribed Drug Register, which identified 38,570 men with a prostate cancer between 2009 and 2012, and 192,838 men without prostate cancer in the control group.
Successful contract negotiation comprises a process involving a realistic self-assessment, an evaluation of your counterpart, and the development of a negotiating strategy, according to John M. Murphy, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Delaware Valley Urology, Mount Laurel, NJ.
The skillful integration of advanced practice providers (APPs) into urology practices can help address issues related to the dwindling urologist workforce shortage and the aging of practicing urologists.
Urology practices must have a plan in place to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) by October 1, 2015, and should not expect any further delays in implementation, according to the American Urological Association (AUA).
A winning approach to preauthorization begins with providers and payers “dancing in sync,” said Kenneth T. Hertz, FACMPE, Medical Practice Consultant, Medical Group Management Association, Alexandria, LA, at the 2015 American Urological Association (AUA) annual meeting.
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