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A Major Victory for California Urology — SB 1215 Defeated
WSAUA

TO: California Urologists and Western Section AUA colleagues,

The California Urological Association is pleased to announce proudly that The Hernandez Bill, SB 1215, was soundly defeated in committee, accomplishing our objective for CUA members and their patients.

As most of you know, the recent introduction of Senate Bill 1215 effectively eliminating most physician owned ancillary services previously protected by the in-office exception under the California patient referral law quickly became the focus of the CUA. This bill specifically mentioning Urology had potential long-reaching ramifications on many other specialties such as Cardiology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology. If passed, not only California Urologists and multiple other specialties would be severely affected but the entire nation was watching and an undeniable precedent would be set. Patients’ access to care, quality of patient care and the fight for control of physician services was in extreme jeopardy.


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Poll: 57 Percent of Americans Think Health Exchanges Missed Enrollment Goal
Becker's Hospital Review
Most Americans mistakenly believe the health reform law's insurance exchanges missed target enrollment numbers set by the government, according to poll results from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Only 14 percent of Americans correctly answered that enrollment figures exceeded government expectations — 8 million have signed up so far, topping the Congressional Budget Office's initial projection of 7 million enrollments in the first year.
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Prostate Cancer Upgrading, Upstaging Does Not Differ by Race
Renal & Urology News
Researchers have found no significant racial variation in the rates of prostate cancer upstaging and upgrading at the time of radical prostatectomy among men with low-risk disease, according to a recent report. African Americans, however, are significantly more likely than other races to have positive surgical margins.
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New Tool May Aid Screening for Low Testosterone
Renal & Urology News
Researchers have developed a questionnaire that could be an effective tool in screening men for low testosterone, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Men's Health. The goal of this investigation was to develop a simplified hypogonadal screening questionnaire that would be quick and easy for patients to complete and that would guide physicians, the authors stated.
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Kidney Stone Counseling: Brief is Better
MedPage Today
When counseling patients on how to prevent kidney stones, it may be best to keep it brief, researchers reported. In a small sample of patients who had a kidney stone, only a quarter of patients remembered all the instructions they were given if they received three or more of them, according to Dr. Allan Jhagroo, of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and colleagues.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Impressive New Smartphone Apps in Health and Medicine
By Rosemary Sparacio
Smartphones are just about everywhere. In the U.S. alone, more than 91 million Americans now use a smartphone. Of course, these devices are much more than just a phone. The fact that there are apps for many areas in personal health and medicine is a logical step to help individuals take better care of themselves and for researchers to find ways for individuals and physicians to do just that.
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Study: One-Third of Americans Mixing Supplements with Meds
Reuters
One in three adults in the U.S. is taking both prescription medications and dietary supplements, creating a risk for dangerous interactions, according to a new study. Multivitamins with added ingredients like herbs or fish oil were the most common form of supplement mixed with medications, researchers found.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Improve Patient Satisfaction and Revenue Cycle Management
MediGain
The Cleveland Clinic was once in the bottom 10 percent of healthcare organizations in the nation for patient satisfaction. However, the clinic changed its situation from 2004 on by concentrating on actionable strategies for change. Better patient satisfaction can lead to more patients, and therefore a stronger revenue cycle management situation. Here are some of the changes the Cleveland Clinic made to improve patient satisfaction — and to receive incentives from certain payers along with it.
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