Once again, urologists are at the mercy of the politicians in Washington with a 10.1% average payment rate cut scheduled to take effect this month unless some way, somehow Congress once again comes to the rescue—and President Bush signs whatever legislation is passed.
Jerome P. Kassirer, MD, distinguished professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and visiting professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, has told Congress and the American people that many doctors are “on the take” from the big pharmaceutical companies, which pay them in one way or another to prescribe their drugs to patients.
CMS may grant, upon request, a repayment schedule of at least 6 months if repaying within 30 days would constitute a hardship.
Washington—Changes in federal policy that could hinder urologists' ability to provide in-office imaging services to patients appear to be on the way, threatening to toss another punch at physicians already confronting hefty Medicare fee schedule reductions in 2007.
Washington—On Aug. 8, 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposal to reform the Medicare ambulatory surgical center payment system beginning Jan. 1, 2008, and the news for urology appears to be mixed.
Specialty groups asking for time to develop effective measures
Washington--The new Medicare reform bill, which for the first time provides
a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients, comes with a hidden
cost for physicians who administer chemotherapy drugs in their offices-and
perhaps their patients.
Washington-As Congress moves toward possible approval of a new prescription
drug program for Medicare recipients later this summer, determination of
payments for cancer drugs and therapeutic services may well hang in the
Washington-While leaders of both political parties say they want to provide
Medicare patients with meaningful coverage for prescription drug expenses,
major philosophical differences threaten to make that objective extremely
difficult to achieve.