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ACS/AUGS Year 2015 Scholarship
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The American College of Surgeons and the American Urogynecologic Society are pleased to announce a shared scholarship open to U.S. members in good standing of both organizations.

This scholarship supports attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management," which will take place May 31-June 6, 2015 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Additional details are available on the Brandeis University website.

Click here for the requirements for the scholarship. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 2, 2015. We anticipate that applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection committee’s decision by March 31, 2015.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to: kearly@facs.org, with "Attn: ACS/AUGS" in the Subject line.

Please address questions to Ms. Kate Early, the ACS Scholarships Administrator, at 312-202-5281, or kearly@facs.org.
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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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Outcome after conservative management for mixed urinary incontinence
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research via Wiley
Recommended initial treatment for mixed urinary incontinence involves behavioral therapy, and drug and pelvic floor muscle exercises. Our objective is to evaluate the outcome of these conservative treatments in our patients with mixed urinary incontinence.
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Sexuality issues in gynaecological oncology patients: Post treatment symptoms and therapeutic options
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics via PubMed
According to recent studies up to 80 percent of patients would like to receive more information about how cancer treatments can affect their sexual functioning. Moreover, 75 percent of them would not feel comfortable being the first to bring up the subject. Our Gynaecological Advice Clinic was established in 2006 at the Christie Hospital and offers support to cancer patients who face sexuality issues. A previous evaluation established that the service sees approximately, 200 patients per year. The aims of this study are to evaluate the service by collecting data relating to levels of attendance, type and amount of clinical activity and to explore further patients' experiences and management.
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Endoscopic treatment with dextranomer/hyaluronic acid for persistent incontinence following continent urinary reconstruction
Journal of Endourology via PubMed
To determine the applicability and long-term outcome of endoscopic injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid to correct incontinence in patients who had previously undergone continent urinary reconstruction.
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Effect of home-based Kegel exercises on quality of life in women with stress and mixed urinary incontinence
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research via Informa Healthcare
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of home-based Kegel exercises in women with stress and mixed urinary incontinence. A total of 90 women with urodynamically proven urinary stress and mixed incontinence awaiting anti-incontinence surgery were recruited in the urogynaecology clinic of Ankara Zekai Tahir Burak Women's Health Research and Education Hospital. Of these, 18 women were excluded due to low compliance and the remaining 72 were divided into two groups according to urodynamic diagnosis.
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Short-term effect of adding pelvic floor muscle training to bladder training for female urinary incontinence: A randomized controlled trial
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
The aim of this study was to assess whether bladder training combined with high-intensity pelvic floor muscle training results in better outcomes in the short term than BT alone on female urinary incontinence.
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Ultrasonography and clinical outcomes following surgical anti-incontinence procedures — Monarc vs. Miniarc
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
This was a prospective study on 140 patients with USI and undergone either Miniarc or Monarc surgery. From March 2010 to December 2011, patients with clinically SUI and urodynamic stress incontinence were included in the study. Objective cure of SUI was defined as no urinary leakage on provocative filling cystometry and 1-h pad test of <2g. Subjective cure of SUI was the negative response to UDI-6. Introital ultrasound at one-year explored the sling and bladder neck's position, mobility, sling tension, percentile of urethra where the sling was located and urethral kinking.
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ACS/AUGS Year 2015 Scholarship
AUGS
The American College of Surgeons and the American Urogynecologic Society are pleased to announce a shared scholarship open to U.S. members in good standing of both organizations. This scholarship supports attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management," which will take place May 31-June 6, 2015 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Additional details are available on the Brandeis University website.

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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. 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.

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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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ACP published incontinence recommendations
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
The American College of Physicians has published new recommendations for treating women with urinary incontinence. For women with stress-related UI — those who cannot retain urine when laughing, coughing or sneezing, for example — ACP says that drug therapy is not the answer. Instead, women should be advised to perform Kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.
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Female stress urinary incontinence: An evidence-based, case study approach
Medscape
Over half of all women are affected by urinary incontinence at some point during their lives. Due to patients' embarrassment and health care providers' reluctance to discuss this sensitive subject, many women may go untreated, and in turn, suffer with disruptive symptoms and co-morbid complications associated with urinary incontinence. This article highlights a literature review of the evaluation and management of female stress urinary incontinence using a corresponding case study example. Increasing awareness and implementing evidence-based, nonsurgical treatment options are essential components of high-quality care for women with stress urinary incontinence. Urologic nurses and other health care professionals are in an ideal position to evaluate and identify strategies for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence.
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Endo reaches deal to end remaining US lawsuits over mesh
Reuters
Endo International Plc said it had reached agreements to settle up to 20,000 legal claims from women who said they were harmed by transvaginal mesh devices, ending nearly all of the U.S. cases against it and its American Medical Systems unit. Endo, which did not admit liability, said it would increase the amount of money it had set aside to cover vaginal mesh claims from $1.2 billion to approximately $1.6 billion in connection with the latest agreements, according to a regulatory filing from the company.
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