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5 Ways To Increase The Profitability Of Urodynamics Testing Operations

Posted by Clark Love on Aug 24, 2017 9:01:00 AM

 

In the past, urologists have enjoyed high profit margins brought on by a slow and steady stream of patients. However, this trend has changed considerably in recent years, with an influx of patients and very thin profit margins. How can the profitability of a urodynamics testing operation be increased? Here, five methods for improving revenues will be discussed.

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Topics: urodynamics, urodynamics profitability

Pediatric Urodynamics - How It Varies From Adult Urodynamics

Posted by Clark Love on Aug 18, 2017 1:19:02 PM

Urodynamic assessment has become a necessary tool for the evaluation of lower urinary tract dysfunction in children. However, there are subtleties that exist when performing these studies in children relative to adults. As a result, certain adaptations must be made in order to achieve results that are both accurate and reproductive when dealing with pediatric patients. The ways in which urodynamics varies between children and adults will be discussed, as well as the differences that occur during testing.

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Topics: Pediatric Urodynamics

Should OB-GYN Practices Provide Incontinence Care?

Posted by Clark Love on Aug 9, 2017 3:42:54 PM

Incontinence is an uncomfortable subject that affects millions of men and women worldwide. Traditionally, an incontinence sufferer would visit his or her primary physician and then be referred to a urologist, depending on symptom severity. Recently, a number of OB-GYN practices have begun offering incontinence care. Here, whether OB-GYN practices should provide care for incontinent patients will be discussed.

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Topics: urodynamics, incontinence, ObGyn Practices

Should ObGyn Physicians Offer Anorectal Manometry (ARM)

Posted by Clark Love on Aug 8, 2017 10:28:53 AM

When it comes to bowel disorders, there is significant overlap among various medical fields. Anorectal manometry (ARM) is a diagnostic tool used in the determination of bowel disorders such as chronic constipation and fecal incontinence. Gastroenterologists commonly administer ARM tests, but should OBGYN physicians offer anorectal manometry as well?

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Topics: Anorectal Manometry, ObGyn Practices

The Future of Urodynamics

Posted by Clark Love on Jul 31, 2017 2:59:15 PM

Urodynamics is the study of the bladder and urethra, and is generally used as a means for diagnosing disorders such as urinary incontinence, benign prostate hyperplasia, pelvic organ prolapse, and other medical conditions that affect the functioning of the lower urinary tract. This article will go through the main types of commonly performed urodynamic tests, current problems in urodynamics and a theoretical approach on how to overcome them.

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Topics: urodynamics

The Changing Urology Practice – How Urology Practices Will Change

Posted by Clark Love on Jul 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Urologists must continually change with the times in order to ensure their survival. While other practices see little change in general clientele throughout the decades, urologists must continually evolve in order to keep up with current market trends due to the relative elective nature of their service. Here, a few areas in which urology practices will change over the coming decade to reflect technological advancements, politics, and the changing economy will be discussed.

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Top 5 Urodynamics Billing Mistakes

Posted by Clark Love on Jun 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Urodynamics is performed by thousands of medical practices across the country, but is most often performed by urology, urogynecology, and ObGyn practices.  BHN provides urodynamics testing to hundreds of these practices, and through our work we encounter dozens of instances in which Urodynamics is billed incorrectly, which often leads to underpayment and other issues. 

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Topics: urodynamics, urodynamics billing

Care Paths That Leverage Anorectal Manometry (ARM)

Posted by Clark Love on Jun 21, 2017 10:15:55 AM

Anorectal manometry (ARM) is a common diagnostic tool for fecal incontinence and constipation. However, it can also be used within care pathways for a number of disorders, which will be described here.

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Topics: Anorectal Manometry Testing, Anorectal Manometry

The Trump Administration’s Effect On Urology Practices

Posted by Clark Love on Jun 15, 2017 1:18:34 PM

Almost 6 months into Donald Trump’s presidency, there are many unanswered questions regarding the present state of affairs in America.  Among the most daunting questions is what will happen in the United States in regards to healthcare. The phrase "your guess is as good as mine" comes to mind.  In this article, Trump’s administrations effect on urology practices will be discussed.

Research Funding

At the top of President Trump’s proposal to balance the United State’s budget is significant cuts to grant funding for scientists. While Congress ultimately reversed Trump’s cuts to the National Institutes of Health for 2017, it remains to be seen whether the agency will have limited funds for 2018, as Trump proposes.

In 2016, $506 million were awarded to researchers for the study of urologic diseases. In 2017, $522 million is estimated to be used towards urology research. For 2018, Trump hopes to slash $5.8 billion in funding from the NIH, which could dramatically affect research towards urological developments, particularly for prostate health and urinary incontinence.

Health Insurance

A major promise throughout President Trump’s campaign was the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides people at or below the poverty line, as well as those with pre-existing conditions, an opportunity to purchase health insurance. While a satisfactory replacement for the ACA has not yet been introduced into Congress, a repeal of the current ACA could be both good and bad for urology practices.

The ACA has mandated numerous regulations that some physicians believe have hindered their ability to maintain a close relationship with their patients, particularly due to cumbersome electronic paperwork. Removing this regulation – as well as others – could lead to a more direct connection between patient and physician.

Additionally, deregulation could provide the opportunity for medical companies to promote their products in new ways and with fewer stipulations. The overall result could be enhanced technology from private firms as well as more patient / doctor interaction.

On the other hand, the Trump administration’s proposals could potentially leave millions of Americans uninsured, meaning that fewer patients would be able to afford preventative care and procedures for non-life threatening disorders. Therefore, fewer Americans would be able to receive preventative prostate exams or expensive urodynamic tests for diagnosing disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse, stress incontinence, urge incontinence, pelvic pain, and difficulty urinating.

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Fewer Regulations

As a businessman, President Trump has promised fewer regulations in health care, particularly the pharmaceutical industry, which could trickle over to medical devices. For urologists, the deregulation of medical devices could result in more affordability of implants such as transvaginal meshes and similar items.

Additionally, deregulation could reduce the amount of paperwork that needs to be performed, saving urologists time and money. For some physicians, this would be a welcome change under the Trump administration.

USPSTF Reform

The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) was formed to serve as an independent panel of experts to review the effectiveness of clinical preventative services. In May 2012, the USPSTF recommended against the screening of prostate cancer with prostate-specific antigen.

There has largely been concern regarding the recommendations of the USPSTF and the manner in which it has justified limiting access to routine preventative care. In January, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017 was introduced to Congress and is backed by the American Urological Association, Large Urology Group Practice Association, and Association of American Colleges and Universities.

With a dramatically decreased focus on regulations and government spending by the Trump administration, this act is likely to be approved, with the possibility of the USPSTF being dismantled entirely. For urology practices, that means a return to annual prostate cancer screenings as well as fewer hesitancies among patients for preventative care.

MACRA

Many physicians have wondered what effect – if any – the Trump administration will have on the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was enacted in 2016. Bipartisan support of MACRA does not take into consideration the push-back from doctors, which are concerned of its consequences.

For instance, a doctor shortage crisis is likely, due to the exodus of doctors from Medicare, as well as due to the struggles caused by implementing this law into independent urological practices. By 2018, half of a doctor’s fees will be directly tied into quality of care and outcome measures, with eventually 90% of reimbursement to be linked with these measurements.

For urologists, who treat patients with disorders that are not widely understood and for which treatment outcomes can be unpredictable, MACRA has potential to be extremely disruptive.

Many urologists hoped that Trump would approach MACRA with the same repeal goals as were promised for the ACA. However, Seema Verma, the Trump-appointed director of the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services has openly supported MACRA and even applauded Congress for its enactment. Ultimately, there is little hope for urologists that MACRA will be repealed by the Trump administration.

 

 

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Topics: General Urology Information, urology

Anorectal Manometry in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted by Clark Love on Jun 7, 2017 10:19:37 AM

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Anorectal ManometryIrritable bowel syndrome is a prevalent disorder, affecting approximately 25 million – 45 million people in the United States alone. To begin treatment, a proper diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome is important. Here, anorectal manometry as a diagnostic tool1 for irritable bowel syndrome will be discussed.

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Topics: Anorectal Manometry, Irritable Bowel Syndrome