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Vaginal hysterectomy coding update: Claims eligible for resubmission on April 1
By: Amy E. Rosenman, MD
As has been stated in the past ... "It takes a village" to reverse coding audits...
For the past four months AUGS has been leading the effort with ACOG, SGS, AUA and SUFU to correct
coding changes that went into effect on Oct. 1. Many thanks to Doug Hale, for leading these efforts
from our Board's perspective and Marc Toglia, for co-leading the efforts with the AUGS Coding
Committee. Because of their hard work and dedication and the work of the AUGS Coding Committee,
we were able to report on Feb. 9 that the NCCI and CMS have responded to our detailed feedback,
and, as a result, they have successfully modified a significant number of coding edits. Hopefully you have
been following AUGS progress on this issue by reading my previous Presidential Blogs.
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AUGS Membership Spotlight | Vincent Lucente, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been a member of AUGS for 20 or more years.
Vincent Lucente, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Vincent Lucente has been an active member of AUGS for 20 years. Dr. Lucente was a member of the Finance Committee and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Graft/Mesh Use in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Lucente's most gratifying work with AUGS has been his PFD Research Foundation fundraising efforts and the establishment of the Robin Haff Award to recognize research coordinators. Click here to view Vincent Lucente's complete Membership Spotlight.
ACOG-SGS committee opinion on robotic surgery in gynecology
March 2015 — The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) endorses this document. This document reflects emerging clinical and scientific advances as of the date issued and is subject to change. The information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Click here to read the committee opinion.
AUGS Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: Call for nominations
he Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is designed to recognize one PGY-3 OB/GYN Resident and/or PGY-3 or PGY-4 Urology Resident from each department who demonstrates a commitment to the care of women with pelvic floor disorders and to incorporating quality of life improvement into his or her clinical care of patients.
Nominations are due by March 31. 2015. Click here for more information and to submit your nomination.
The 2015 Call for Abstracts is now open
AUGS is now accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, in Seattle, Washington from October 13-17, 2015.
Submissions are due by April 2, 2015. For more information or to submit your abstract, click here.
ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.
Introducing the Open Call Peer Review Project
In an effort to expand the universe of research viewpoints expressed in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal editors are launching an innovative pilot project: Open Call Peer Review!
Although the process for researchers to submit their latest papers to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is simple, the reviews are by invitation-only. In an effort to reach out to everyone in the FPMRS community, the journal editors are opening up the peer review process. Open Call Peer Review aims to incorporate new reviewers—and their unique perspectives—into the article selection process of our journal.
As this is a pilot project, only authors who consent to this process will have their papers included in the Open Call Peer Review project. Participation is entirely voluntary. Please note that only manuscript titles will appear on this blog; author names will not be posted nor will the manuscript itself. The manuscript titles will be posted as they become available for peer review.
Readers who are interested in becoming reviewers for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery are invited to peruse the posted manuscript titles for the Open Call Peer Review project and email Alfred Bent at email@example.com. In your email please include:
Requests will be evaluated and responded to on a first-come first-served basis.
- Title of the manuscript that you wish to review
- Prior peer reviewing experience
- Areas of expertise
- Conflicts of interest
- CV as attachment
Please check this blog often for new titles posted to the Open Call Peer Review project! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed on the journal website to get news of new manuscript titles.
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There is still time to register for the Comprehensive Review Course
The 2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held in Dallas, TX from March 27-28. This course is presented by AUGS and SUFU and will provide a state-of-the-art review of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. It has been designated for 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To register for the Review Course, or for more information, click here.
Remember to renew your AUGS dues
It is that time of year when we reflect on our many accomplishments, consider future goals and most importantly — renew our AUGS dues. As the leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.
To renew your membership online, visit www.augs.org/renew. If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up to date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.
Efficacy of biofeedback plus transanal stimulation in the management of pelvic floor dyssynergia: A randomized trial
Techniques in Coloproctology via Springer
The therapy of pelvic floor dyssynergia is mostly conservative and is based on a high-fiber diet, physical activity and biofeedback training. Our aim was to compare the outcome of biofeedback (manometric-assisted pelvic relaxation and simulated defecation training) plus transanal electrostimulation with standard therapy (diet, exercise, laxatives).
Incidental power morcellation of malignancy: A retrospective cohort study
Uterine fibroids often require hysterectomy via a laparotomy or utilizing minimally invasive surgical approach. Morcellation is a fragmentation of the uterus into smaller pieces. The objective of this study is to determine the incidence of malignancies found in morcellated specimens at our institution.
Short-term effects on voiding function after mesh-related surgical repair of advanced pelvic organ prolapse
Menopause via PubMed
This study aims to evaluate postoperative short-term voiding dysfunction and voiding function at 3 months after mesh-related advanced pelvic organ prolapse repair among Chinese women.
Complete utero vaginal prolapse in a woman with prolapsed submucous fibroid
Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research via PubMed
Uterine fibroid is a benign smooth muscle tumor of the uterus; that commonly affect women of reproductive age. Its size and localization on the uterus may determine the mode of clinical presentation. Pelvic masses are one of the known risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse. Submucous fibroid or those located on the cervix may present as a fibroid polyp in the vagina though vaginally located fibroid has been reported. Utero-vaginal prolapse in association with prolapsed submucous uterine fibroid is uncommon.
Transvaginal prolapse repair with or without the addition of a midurethral sling in women with genital prolapse and stress urinary incontinence: A randomized trial
BJOG via Wiley
To compare transvaginal prolapse repair combined with midurethral sling versus prolapse repair only.
Multi-center randomized trial.
Fourteen teaching hospitals in the Netherlands.
Women with symptomatic stage two or greater pelvic organ prolapse, and subjective or objective stress urinary incontinence without prolapse reduction.
Women were randomly assigned to undergo vaginal prolapse repair with or without MUS. Analysis was according to intention to treat.
Laparoscopic ventral rectopexy for rectoanal intussusception: Postoperative evaluation with proctography
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum via PubMed
Laparoscopic ventral rectopexy can relieve symptoms of obstructed defecation and fecal incontinence in patients with rectoanal intussusception. However, pelvic floor imaging after surgery has not been reported. This study was designed to assess the outcome of patients who underwent laparoscopic ventral rectopexy for rectoanal intussusception, with special reference to the postoperative findings on evacuation proctography.
Sexual problems equally common after C-section, natural birth
After giving birth, women often struggle with reduced sexual desire and arousal, but how they delivered — by cesarean or vaginally — is not to blame, a small study suggests.
Women in the study were just as likely to report sexual problems 12 weeks after delivery, regardless of how they gave birth, although complaints did differ somewhat between the C-section and vaginal-delivery groups.
UnitedHealth decision sparks debate over payers as 'watchdogs'
UnitedHealth's recent decision to require special approval for certain types of inpatient hysterectomies, citing medical evidence, has raised eyebrows in the medical community over the insurer expanding its role in medical decision-making.
The company says it is promoting vaginal hysterectomies over the use of laparoscopic power morcellators on the basis that they result in better outcomes and not because they are also less expensive.
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