January 15th 2024
"Without interoperability, electronic insurance billing would be nearly impossible. Insurance payers, healthcare providers and claim clearinghouses all rely on interoperability at their core," writes Lisa Taylor.
January 12th 2024
"Specialty providers can take three steps now to succeed with MIPS while prioritizing caring for their patients," writes Wayne Singer.
January 10th 2024
"The mental toll of excessive screen time is a pressing concern in health care," writes Neil Baum, MD.
January 4th 2024
"The future of quality measurement is multiple different inputs to give us the best picture possible of the care we provide," says Timothy D. Lyon, MD, FACS.
January 3rd 2024
"All participants in the process must recognize that telehealth is a resource for rendering health care and not a different type of practicing medicine," writes Richard Cahill, JD.
Is there a way to be reimbursed for nitrous oxide administration?
"Based on the definitions from the ASA and coverage rules for Medicare, the use of nitrous oxide for urology procedures is a noncovered service," write Jonathan Rubenstein, MD, and Mark Painter.
Top 10 urologic coding stories in 2023
As 2023 comes to a close, we revisit some of this year’s top content on coding in urology.
Money Matters: Notable cost of living adjustments for 2024
Advice for limiting malpractice insurance costs
Expert advice for physicians seeking new coverage.
Study shows peer support program can alleviate physician burnout
“Physician recipients of peer support reported improved well-being, decreased negative emotions and stigma, and perceived positive cultural changes within their departments,” the authors wrote.
Urology studies increasingly likely to report treatment harms, researchers report
The median number of harms criteria reported in RCTs in urology increased from 5.3 in 2012 to 7.2 in 2020.
Does non-physician practice ownership reduce the quality of patient care?
The survey highlights the challenges and opportunities physicians encounter in hospital- and corporate-owned settings.
Urologic Consultants has joined Solaris Health
Leading West Michigan practice now affiliated with nation’s largest urological healthcare management company
2024 Medicare final rule: Here comes code G2211
"The conversion factor is slated to undergo a reduction of approximately 3.37% for 2024, decreasing from $33.89 in 2023 to $32.74," write Jonathan Rubenstein, MD, and Mark Painter.
Ambient clinical documentation shows promise for physicians
Technology may save health care professionals’ time and help reduce burnout.
Can remote patient monitoring help combat the staffing shortage?
"As more patients become interested in remote patient monitoring and case studies continue to show improved patient outcomes, practices must seek ways to integrate these tools into their workflows," writes Lucienne Marie Ide, MD, PhD.
Survey shows significant impact of billing process on patients’ choice of provider
Although traditional payment and communication methods remain relevant, the survey highlights a paradigm shift in patients' billing expectations overall.
Accomplish these financial planning tasks by year-end
"The end of the year presents a good opportunity to regroup, close out 2023 in the strongest position possible, and ready yourself for 2024," writes Jeff Witz, CFP.
Considerations for choosing an AI scribe tool
AI scribe solutions are one of the easiest technologies to deploy into existing workflows, writes Vadim Khazan.
Private equity acquisition is linked with lower MIPS scores for urologists
“As private equity firms increasingly engage in urology, key stakeholders, including policymakers and urologists, need to ensure that the quality of care is not compromised with the structural changes implemented after acquisition," write the authors.
Current Procedural Terminology code urology updates for 2024
"Many of the new codes are CPT Category III codes, which will require additional research for both coverage and payment rates, especially with private payers," write Jonathan Rubenstein, MD, and Mark Painter.
Survey shows patient mistrust of AI use in health care
Patients fear their personal data could be compromised, with 63% concerned increasing use of artificial intelligence will put their health information at risk.
Physician highlights AI’s potential to improve practice efficiency and alleviate burnout
Artificial intelligence can help curate, decipher, and contextualize the enormous and growing amount of digital data that now comprises a patient’s electronic health record, writes Nele Jessel, MD.
Practice Profile: Tennessee Urology
In this installment, Christopher E. Ramsey, MD, FACS, and Rachel Vann, MSN, RN, NP-C, highlight Tennessee Urology, an affiliate of United Urology Group.
Check your beneficiary designations annually
"Make the proper beneficiary designation adjustments when warranted and review these annually with your adviser to ensure they remain up-to-date and make financial sense given your current situation," writes Jeff Witz, CFP.
Retiring from the operating room but not from life
"The question of when a surgeon should retire has been the subject of debate for decades," writes Raj S. Pruthi, MD.
Dr. Rubenstein, Mark Painter on urology-related ICD-10 changes
"ICD-10-CM coding denials have been increasing across the country as payers continue to refine edits," write Jonathan Rubenstein, MD, and Mark Painter.
Survey spotlights burnout in medical residents
In the survey, 81% of residents in their final year of training reported that they sometimes, often, or always experienced feelings of burnout during their training.
A urologist on why the time is right to let go
"It is the right time and I have been fortunate to have such great people to work with locally and nationally," a urologist writes.
Hybrid approach to telehealth effective in rural communities
“A hybrid telehealth approach expands access to specialized care, reduces travel burdens, promotes timely interventions, and enables continuous management of health conditions,” writes Kara Hartl, MD.
Staying involved with urology later in your career
"At some point, it will make sense, and it will be obvious to me and to my colleagues that it is time," a urologist writes.
The aging surgeon: A geriatrician's perspective
"We all need to revisit meaningful methods for ongoing assurance of competency specific to our fields of medicine and surgery across the physician career span," writes Hal H. Atkinson, MD, MS.
How to bill for PCNL using existing and new access
Proper coding for percutaneous nephrolithotomy includes code 50081.
Expert explains surprising findings from value-based care research
“I think the other thing that was surprising was that this allowed us to really pinpoint where we were dragging our feet,” says Randall A. Lee, MD.
Expert highlights cybersecurity regulation updates for health care organizations
There have been several recent regulatory updates related to cybersecurity in health care.
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