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President's Perspective: Final Presidential Blog
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It has been my honor to serve as your President this past year. It was a year filled with great progress for AUGS and the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery — launch of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry Industry-sponsored sites; continued certification of boarded Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeons; first joint meeting between AUGS and IUGA; and a more active role in defining quality outcome measures and guidelines for our field.

As I step down from this role and Amy Rosenman, MD, steps in as the next AUGS President, my last role is to share with you AUGS' plans to advocate on behalf of our patients and ensure their privacy is protected.

Throughout this past year and during the annual meeting in July, AUGS members have expressed their concern for their patients who are being contacted (usually by phone) by individuals unknown to them asking them personal questions about their gynecologic surgery. Many patients have been appalled that some person has information about a very intimate personal health matter and details about their vaginal surgery. In many instances they have believed their physician, the physician's office, or their local hospital released privacy information about them to some third party. Our investigations have suggested that the likely source of the release of this information is the insurance company who is either contacting the patient directly by mail or releasing private health information to a third party subrogation carrier.
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CMS Announces 2013 PQRS and eRx Incentive Program Feedback Reports are Now Available
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CMS is pleased to announce that the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and 2013 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program feedback reports are now available for eligible professionals who submitted quality data on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Part B services between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Individual eligible professionals who submitted 2013 PQRS data, or individual eligible professionals and group practices who submitted 2013 eRx data, can retrieve their 2013 Feedback Reports through two methods:
  • National Provider Identifier (NPI)-level reports: These reports can be requested through CMS' Communication Support Page by creating a NPI-level feedback report request. The report will be sent electronically to the email address provided in the request within two to four weeks.
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)- level reports: These reports contain NPI level detail and are available for download on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal. To access a TIN-level report on the Portal, you must have an Individuals Authorized to Access CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. To request an IACS account in order to access the portal, check out the IACS Quick References Guides.
Group practices who participated in the 2013 PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) can access PQRS feedback through the 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs). The 2013 QRURs can be accessed by authorized representatives of groups and solo practitioners at: https://portal.cms.gov using a valid Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) User ID and password. For more information on the QRURs and Value Modifier, please access the Physician Feedback Program/Value-Based Modifier website. For more information on interpreting the data in the report, check out the 2013 PQRS Feedback Report User Guide and/or the 2013 eRx Incentive Program Feedback Report User Guide.

If needed, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk for assistance. They can be reached at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or via qnetsupport@hcqis.org from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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Impact of dynamic transrectal ultrasonography on pelvic organ prolapse
Journal of Urology
We hereby developed a new method to evaluate POP dynamically in supine and standing position using transrectal ultrasonography. The aim of this study is to visualize descending and prolapsing of pelvic organs in real-time using dynamic TRUS. And, the obtained findings of dynamic TRUS were compared with intraoperative findings.
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Laparoscopy-like operative vaginoscopy: A new approach to manage mesh erosions
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Mesh erosion through the vagina is the most common complication of synthetic mesh used for pelvic organ prolapse repair. However, conventional transvaginal mesh excision has many technical limitations. We aimed at creating and describing a new surgical technique for transvaginal removal of exposed mesh that would enable better exposition and access, thus facilitating optimal treatment.
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UVA-photoactivated riboflavin effect on isolated vaginal tissues derived from pelvic organ prolapse cases
International Urology and Nephrology via PubMed
To determine the optimal riboflavin exposure time before UVA irradiation and to study the effects of exogenous collagen on the mechano-tensile stiffness of isolated vaginal tissue strips after riboflavin UVA photoactivation.
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Defining and advancing education and conservative therapies of underactive bladder
International Urology and Nephrology via PubMed
In contrast to other forms of voiding dysfunction, underactive bladder has traditionally received little research or educational attention. This is changing as our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of detrusor dysfunction and other forms of underactive bladder improves. In addition, the impact of UAB on patient symptoms, general and health-related quality of life and caregiver burden are becoming more recognized.
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President's Perspective: Final Presidential Blog
AUGS
It has been my honor to serve as your President this past year. It was a year filled with great progress for AUGS and the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery — launch of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry Industry-sponsored sites; continued certification of boarded Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeons; first joint meeting between AUGS and IUGA; and a more active role in defining quality outcome measures and guidelines for our field.

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AUGS Survey Request: Research Study on Hysteropexy
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Dr. Miriam Seitz, a fellow at the NorthShore University Health System, is conducting a research study about hysteropexy. AUGS has granted Dr. Seitz permission to survey the AUGS membership. This survey is being conducted electronically and has been reviewed and approved by the AUGS Research Committee. Please take a moment to complete the short survey by Monday, October 20th.

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Urinary incontinence: ACP offers nonsurgical options
Medscape
Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, bladder training, and weight loss and exercise are effective nonsurgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence, according to a new, evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. The new recommendations, which target all clinicians treating women with UI, were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Pelvic examination experiences in women with and without chronic pain during intercourse
Journal of Sexual Medicine via Wiley
Although pelvic examinations are an important component of women's health, some women experience difficulty during PEs due to anxiety and pain. These difficulties may be heightened in women with chronic pain during sexual intercourse. Some evidence suggests that this population experiences pain and distress during PEs, but their experiences in this context have not been empirically investigated from a multidimensional perspective.
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Risk factors and clinical characteristics of rectal prolapse in young patients
Journal of Visceral Surgery via ScienceDirect
Rectal prolapse is a relatively common condition in children and elderly patients but uncommon in young adults less than 30 years old. The aim of this study is to identify risk factors and characteristics of rectal prolapse in this group of young patients and determine surgical outcome.
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Bladder base tenderness in the etiology of deep dyspareunia
The Journal of Sexual Medicine via Wiley
Bladder base tenderness can be present on pelvic exam in women with pelvic pain. However, its exact prevalence and clinical implications are not well understood. The aim of this study was to determine whether bladder base tenderness is associated with specific symptoms or signs in women, particularly dyspareunia.
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Video: Laser fix for incontinence
The Boston Globe
Urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman demonstrates how a groundbreaking, minimally invasive laser treatment is being used to treat urinary incontinence in women. Could it be right for you?
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