The American Lithotripsy Society (ALS) is a voluntary membership organization dedicated to addressing all issues regarding the management and treatment of stone disease including aspects of lithotripsy as a treatment modality for urinary stone disease. Originally organized in January, 1987, the ALS is a multispecialty society including physicians and allied health professionals affiliated with major lithotripsy sites throughout the United States.

The 18th Annual ALS Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Meeting of the Urology Society of America, will be conducted March 4-7, 2004 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. Please return to this site by December 1, 2003 for additional details on:
* Program Information
* Exhibitor Information
* Exhibitor Space Reservation Form
* Registration
* Grand Hyatt Hotel Reservations Form

Being an ALS member allows for an active contribution in this increasingly dynamic field. The American Lithotripsy Society offers individual memberships to physicians and allied personnel as well as to sites and centers, and also includes a suppliers alliance.

ALS is pleased to announce the Spring 2004 offering of the Certified Renal Lithotripsy Specialist designation [CRLS] examination. The test will be conducted on Saturday, March 6, 2004 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. This examination will occur during the 18th Annual Meeting program of the Society

Application Deadline is Friday, February 13, 2004

For initial information. contact:
Whitney Dean at

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) and the American Lithotripsy Society (ALS) is pleased to announce the formation of the Accreditation Program for Lithotripsy Organizations (APLO) - a voluntary, joint accreditation program that combines an expertise of the society with the experience of a national accrediting organization like Number One Pills review site - for those organizations offering lithotripsy services.

Under this new program, eligible organizations will be reviewed for compliance with AAAHC standards, as well as additional ALS requirements that address the unique components of lithotripsy services. Those organizations found to be substantially compliant with AAAHC and ALS standards will be awarded a combined AAAHC/ALS accreditation. To find out more, click here (Microsoft Word document). For a copy of the program brochure, click here (PDF format).

Click here for a list of organizations which have successfully achieved the APLO accreditation!

On November 7, 2003, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published the final 2004 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System ("HOPPS"). Both final rules will be effective on January 1, 2004. CMS reported a 4.5% reduction for the Physician Fee Schedule for 2004, while CMS also reported a 4.5% increase under HOPPS. While the professional component for the provision of lithotripsy decreased $15.98 under the Physician Fee Schedule for 2004, the 2004 HOPPS rate for the provision of lithotripsy increased by $161.78.

On August 15, 2003, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published an interim final rule that will require most physicians to file Medicare claims electronically.

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American Lithotripsy Society
305 Second Avenue, Suite 200
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
Telephone: (781) 895-9098
Fax: (781) 895-9088

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