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Urologists Urged to Shape Health Policy — With Eye on Quality
Helping to shape American models for medical care, reimbursement, and quality measurement will be key to the success of specialties like urology, and the renovation of the healthcare system taking place under the Affordable Care Act leaves plenty of room for physicians to exert that influence, a keynote speaker said during the Urology Joint Advocacy Conference.
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Prostate Cancer Detection Breakthrough May Save Lives
A new way to test for prostate cancer that is being pioneered at University of California, Los Angeles, may save many men from unnecessary treatment and save lives. Dr. Leonard Marks has been using the new technique, which combines ultrasound and MRI imaging to improve the accuracy of prostate cancer diagnosis.
Group-Based Yoga Feasible, Effective for Incontinence
HCP Live via HealthDay News
For women with incontinence, group-based yoga therapy is feasible and effective, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Alison J. Huang, from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues examined the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of a group-based yoga therapy intervention for women with stress, urgency, or mixed-type incontinence.
Hoover Institution's Atlas: Obamacare Creates 'Two-Tiered' Healthcare System
"The greatest irony of Obamacare is what will undoubtedly follow as a long-term, unintended consequence of the law: a decidedly unequal, two-tiered health system," Scott Atlas, a physician and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution writes in The Wall Street Journal.
"One will be for the poor and middle class, and a separate system will be for those with the money or power to circumvent Obamacare."
Fight Erupts Over Doctor-Rehab Bill
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says she has a bill that is all about making sure drug-addicted doctors get help, but some critics suspect she may have an underlying political motive connected to a looming election battle between physicians and trial lawyers. The Democrat’s bill sailing through the Legislature would establish a confidential program for doctors who voluntarily seek treatment for alcohol abuse, drug addiction and other behavioral problems.
Is Overprescribing Really to Blame for Antibiotic Resistance?
By: Lauren Swan
The World Health Organization recently released a report regarding antimicrobial resistance and how it's being found in every part of the world. "The capacity to treat serious infections is becoming less all over the world," says Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the WHO. "This is something which is occurring in all countries of the world."
Telemedicine Still Facing Barriers in Many States
With more than 7 million people signing up for coverage under federal healthcare reform and millions more gaining coverage under Medicaid Expansion, providers now need to reach more rural patients than ever before. But providers and payers in many states are still struggling with outdated laws and other obstacles in their effort to reach patients in remote areas.
Doctors Think Others Often Prescribe Unnecessary Care
Kaiser Health News
Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a recently released survey finds. The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous — and costly — medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra careful and desires to reassure their own assessments of the patient, the survey said.
Despite Challenges, Docs Cling to Independence
"Nah, we're not for sale." At least for now, that's the consensus among physicians and leaders at Genesis Medical Associates Inc., of Ross, the largest independent practice in the North Hill, Pittsburgh area, with 17 primary care physicians in 10 locations, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Like many independent practices across the country, Genesis has felt the pressure, amid rising overhead expenses and administrative burdens, to sell to its local hospital, where the physicians would become employees.
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