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Medicare physician payment and future of global surgical payments update
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Please join other surgical colleagues in supporting the Repeal of the SGR by calling 1-877-996-4464 today and telling your legislators to VOTE YES for permanent repeal of the SGR.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a provision in the November 2014 final ruling that would convert 10 and 90 day global codes to 0 day global codes. The conversion to the new 0 day global codes is scheduled to begin in 2017 for the 10 day global code procedures and the 90 day global codes will be phased in during 2018. CMS contends the change in procedural global periods is necessary to increase the accuracy of payment for the codes. It is generally thought by CMS that the global period is overvalued.

AUGS, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and many other surgical societies, is arduously contesting the global codes conversion on many fronts and for many reasons.
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The 2015 Call for Abstracts is now open
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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.

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Open Call Peer Review project
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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 alfred.bent@gmail.com. In your email please include:
  • Title of the manuscript that you wish to review
  • Prior peer reviewing experience
  • Areas of expertise
  • Conflicts of interest
  • CV as attachment
Requests will be evaluated and responded to on a first-come first-served basis.

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
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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.
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Remember to renew your AUGS dues
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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 info@augs.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.

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FPMRS ARTICLES


Persistence of levator ani sonographic defect detected by 3DTUS in primiparous women
Ultrasound Obstetrics Gynecology via Wiley
The effects of parturition on the female pelvic floor have been intensively studied in recent years. Correlation of U/S appearance of levator ani muscle injuries close to delivery and at long-term follow-up has not been fully described. We aimed to compare results of 3DTUS evaluation of the LAM from the immediate postpartum period with long-term follow-up, to determine whether this sonographic sign persists over time.
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Implications of the minimal clinically important difference for health-related quality-of-life outcomes: A comparison of sample size requirements for an incontinence treatment trial
Value in Health
Sample size calculations for treatment trials that aim to assess health-related quality-of-life outcomes are often difficult to perform. Researchers must select a target minimal clinically important difference in HRQOL for the trial, estimate the effect size of the intervention, and then consider the responsiveness of different HRQOL measures for detecting improvements.
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Levator hiatal area as a risk factor for cystocele recurrence after surgery: A prospective study
BJOG via PubMed
To investigate whether increased levator hiatal area, measured preoperatively, was independently associated with anatom-ical cystocele recurrence 12 months after anterior colporrhaphy.
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Prevalence and predictors of storage lower urinary tract symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women attending a menopause clinic
Menopause via PubMed
This study was undertaken to evaluate the prevalence and predictors of storage lower urinary tract symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women attending a menopause clinic.
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Study on the influence of the fetus head molding on the biomechanical behavior of the pelvic floor muscles, during vaginal delivery
Journal of Biomechanics
Pelvic floor injuries during vaginal delivery are considered a significant risk factor to develop pelvic floor dysfunction. The molding of the fetus head during vaginal delivery facilitates the labor progress, since it adjusts to the birth canal geometry. In this work, a finite element model was used to represent the effects induced by the passage of the fetus head on the pelvic floor. The numerical model used for this simulation included the pelvic floor muscles attached to the bones, and a fetus body.
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Are older women more likely to receive surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence since the introduction of the mid-urethral sling? An examination of Hospital Episode Statistics data
BJOG via PubMed
To examine the trends in surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence in older women since the introduction of the mid-urethral sling.
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FPMRS NEWSBRIEFS


Gene leads to malformation of the urinary tract
Medical Xpress
An interdisciplinary team of researchers under the direction of the University of Bonn Hospital have discovered a gene which is associated with a rare congenital anomaly of the urinary tract called classic bladder exstrophy. It increases the likelihood that the urinary tract will not form properly during embryonic development. The finding is an important step for understanding the development of urinary tract malformations in general and for developing prophylactic measures. The results are published in the current online edition of the journal PloS Genetics.
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