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Program Committee Meets in Southern California
The Program Committee, headed by Chairman Joseph C. Presti, Jr., MD
met together over the weekend of July 12 to finalize the educational program and place
370 abstracts for the 90th Annual Meeting to be held in Maui this October.
Notices of placement will be emailed to authors this month.
Pictured in the photo are (L-R) Chris DeSantis, John C. Prince, MD; John M. Barry, MD; President Paul E. Andrews, MD;
Theresa Koppie, MD; Program Chairman Joseph C. Presti, MD; Craig Comiter, MD; Ben Chew, MD; Jeannie DeSantis and Christopher Kane, MD. (not pictured Richard Grady, MD).
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New Target for Aggressive Bladder Cancer
An international team of scientists have discovered a faulty process in certain bladder cancers that could point to new ways to treat patients with an aggressive form of the disease. The researchers focused on a more advanced stage of bladder cancer known as 'muscle-invasive' cancer, which means it has begun to spread to the muscle layer of the bladder.
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Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer: How Serious the Link?
Men who had a vasectomy had a significantly greater risk of developing aggressive, potentially fatal prostate cancer, according to data from a 50,000-patient cohort study. Overall, vasectomy increased the risk of prostate cancer by about 10 percent, increasing to about 20 percent for high-grade and lethal cancers. A subgroup analysis showed more than a 50 percent greater risk of prostate cancer among men who underwent regular prostate-specific antigen screening for prostate cancer, as reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Early ADT for Prostate Cancer Fails to Improve Survival
Androgen deprivation therapy provides no survival benefit in older men with localized prostate cancer at 15 years, newly published research shows. Study findings, from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, appear online in JAMA Internal Medicine (July 14). Researchers used information from 66,717 Medicare patients aged 66 years and older diagnosed with clinical stage T1-T2 prostate cancer between 1992 and 2009.
Study: Stem Cells May Ease Urinary Incontinence
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
For the millions of women who can't cough, sneeze or laugh without losing bladder control, researchers are testing a treatment that uses stem cells to regenerate weakened urethra muscles. In a small pilot study, European researchers found that injecting stem cells isolated from patients' own fat tissue improved or eliminated stress incontinence in all participants within a year.
Number of Medi-Cal Providers Down by 25 Percent in Spring 2014
Nearly 25 percent fewer doctors participated in Medi-Cal during spring of 2014 than in the spring of 2013, HealthyCal reports. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. The drop comes amid a significant increase in Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Survey: Rate of Uninsured Californians is Halved Under Obamacare
Los Angeles Times
The percentage of Californians without health insurance was cut in half in the last nine months during the federal health law's expansion of coverage, a new survey shows. Nationwide, an estimated 9.5 million adults under the age of 65 gained health insurance between late summer 2013 and last month, according to a survey the Commonwealth Fund.
HHS Gives States $100 Million for Medicaid
The Department of Health and Human Services said on July 14 it is investing more than $100 million to state Medicaid programs to help them improve patient care and reduce costs for beneficiaries. It's part of the newly launched Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program, which HHS says will "help jumpstart innovation by providing federal tools and resources to support states in advancing Medicaid-specific delivery system reform."
Hospitals Tops in Physician Benefits
Physicians working in physician-owned practices are most satisfied with their compensation packages when compared with colleagues working for universities or hospitals, a survey shows. However, the 2014 Physician Compensation, Benefits and Recruitment Incentives Report from the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Association of Staff Physician Recruiters also found that hospitals generally offer better benefits and recruiting incentives.
Study: Post-Surgical Primary Care Reduces Readmission Rate
Health IT Outcomes
Researchers at the University of Utah and Dartmouth College have found that adequate post-surgical primary care reduces the rate of 30-day readmissions. An analysis of records of 65,000 patients who underwent two high-risk surgeries reinforces this evidence. The study, published on JAMA Surgery, examined records of more than 12,000 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent open surgery to repair a thoracic aortic aneurysm , classified a high-risk procedure, and almost 53,000 who received a ventral hernia repair, a lower-risk operation, between 2003 and 2010.
Why Improving Access to Health Care Does Not Save Money
The New York Times
One of the often repeated arguments in favor of the Affordable Care Act is that it will reduce people’s need for more intensive care by increasing their access to preventive care. For example, people will use the emergency room less often because they will be able to see primary care physicians. Or, they will not develop as many chronic illnesses because they will be properly screened and treated early on. And they will not require significant and invasive care down the line because they will be better managed ahead of time.
Docs, Specialists ID Proposed Payment Fee Concerns
Physician reimbursement for currently unpaid time spent dispensing non-face-to-face care, an expanded payment modifier, and cuts for some common codes used by specialists are among the provisions in Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule proposal getting attention from physicians groups. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 609-page proposal released July 3 outlines how doctors will be paid starting Jan. 1, 2015.
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