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URS Shows Fewer Repeat Treatments Than SWL
When compared with shock wave lithotripsy, ureteroscopy is associated with fewer repeat treatments, according to a recent study from Duke University. The study results coincide with new research showing a dramatic increase in the use of ureteroscopy and a corresponding decline in SWL. For the Duke study, which was published online in JAMA Surgery and presented at the AUA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, first author Charles D. Scales, Jr., M.D., MSHS, and co-authors analyzed data for nearly 48,000 insured U.S. patients who sought emergency department or urgent care treatment for kidney stones from 2002-'10.
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Vet's Death Highlights Urology Wait-Time Issues
All Gilford Anderson wanted was to find out exactly why his lower extremities, including his genitals, were swelling — and to ask a Phoenix Veterans Affairs doctor whether the swelling was linked to a procedure he'd received last December. Anderson, who had prostate cancer, had been feeling sick since a stent had been implanted. Over the next five months, his body quickly deteriorated and cancer spread through his bones.
Companies Seek OTC Approval for Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Cialis
Erectile dysfunction drug, Cialis could soon be available over-the-counter after its manufacturer, Eli Lilly & Co. signed a licensing deal that could give Sanofi SA permission to sell the drug without a prescription. French drug maker Sanofi now needs to get approval from regulators. Both companies believe that if the nonprescription drug gets OTC approval, men who suffer from the condition would have easier access getting the care they need.
Findings Explain Why Women With Bladder Cancer Are Often Diagnosed At Later Stage Than Men
Women with blood in their urine (hematuria) were less than half as likely as men with the same issue to be referred to a urologist for further tests, according to a new Vanderbilt University study. The findings may help explain why women with bladder cancer are often diagnosed at a later stage in the disease and have worse mortality than men.
The Politics Of Health In 2014 Aren't What You Think
Kaiser Health News
In 2013, the GOP playbook for keeping the U.S. House in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare.
But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy is looking not so simple after all. For example, at least a few Democrats are fighting back — using Republican opposition to the health law's expansion of Medicaid as a part of their own campaigns.
CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Extensions
CMS' Meaningful Use adoption timetable, recently bombarded by more bad news, is getting some breathing room.
On May 20, CMS published a proposed rule that would provide eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals more flexibility in how they use electronic health record systems to meet Meaningful Use requirements.
Use Of Electronic Health Records More Than Doubles
Almost 80 percent of doctors in the United States have switched from paper to electronic health records, new government statistics show. By 2012, almost 72 percent of physicians had made the change, compared to just under 35 percent in 2007, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, the number of doctors using electronic health records has increased even more, lead researcher Esther Hing, a statistician at the CDC's U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, said. "In 2013, 78 percent of physicians were using electronic health record systems," she said. "We are reaching nearly all the doctors."
Medicaid Surge Triggers Cost Concerns For States
From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal healthcare law.
That's likely to revive the debate about how federal decisions can saddle states with unanticipated expenses. Before President Obama's law expanded Medicaid eligibility, millions of people who were already entitled to its safety-net coverage were not enrolled.
Teamwork, Communication Key To Improving Medication Adherence
Medication noncompliance remains a major problem nationwide; but a new Medical Economics article points out many of the specific challenges for older patients who often have prescriptions for several drugs. Expense, side effects and confusion about what to take and when are just a few of the factors that can lead to the 1.9 million life-threatening or fatal adverse drug events that occur among Medicare enrollees each year. However, physician practices can diminish these risks by employing the following tactics.
How to Rehabilitate Your Practice
Renal and Urology News
Historically, there has been an invisible line separating the clinical and administrative sides of healthcare practices. But as we move to a more comprehensive model of treatment, it makes sense to diminish that separation. One way to help a practice evolve is to look to the practice manager.
Why Healthcare Providers Must Tap The Hispanic Market
Hispanic Americans are a growing, largely untapped market for the healthcare industry, with 10 million eligible to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute. To gain a better understanding of this community, healthcare providers should consider these six findings.
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