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Western Section AUA NEWS YOU NEED NOW

AUA Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program for 2014-2015 Application Cycle Now Open!

Application Deadline: Oct. 18 — Apply here

Overview of the Program:
Please pass this along to your department and potential candidates.
Applicants must be AUA member urologists who have demonstrated a commitment to or have a keen interest in the field of health policy and who are dedicated to advancing urology's health policy agenda. Training includes mentoring from seasoned physician volunteers, participation in key meetings and conferences, and study of selected didactic articles.

One urologist per year will be selected for the program. Participants will, over the course of the program, gain essential knowledge about policy issues that impact urology — including coding and reimbursement processes, relevant legislation and regulations, and other challenges to and changes in the practice of urology (such as the adoption of electronic health records, proposed federal payment models and integration of ancillary services).

During the course of their one-year obligation, the scholar will spend up to 30 days away from their practice or academic appointment on a variety of activities. A stipend of $15,000 and reimbursement of travel and other expenses will be provided over the course of the yearlong program. For more information, email Christina Saunders, AUA Health Policy Division at csaunders@AUAnet.org.

Interested urologists are required to submit the following: application, curriculum vitae; a statement of interest in the program (500-word essay); photograph and two letters of recommendation. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 6.
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IMPORTANT WESTERN SECTION DATES

Date Event
Sept. 13 Presentation Submission Deadline
Sept. 20 Hotel Reservations — Sellout Expected


More Experts Take The Stage At WSAUA's Monterey Meeting
Keynote Lecture presented by:
Dr. Andrew Vickers, Research Methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Craig Comiter, Stanford University, speaking on "Evaluation and Management of Post Prostatectomy Incontinence: Is There Anything New?"

Panel Discussion/Case Management with:
Dr. Sia Daneshmand, USC; Dr. Maxwell Meng, UCSF and Dr. Jonathan Wright, University of WA discuss "High Risk Superficial Bladder Cancer."

Expert Debate with:
Dr. Jaime Landman (Partial), UCI, and Dr. Jonathan D. Harper (Radical), University of WA, debate "Radical Versus Partial Nephrectomy."

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Peter R. Carroll, University of California San Francisco, speaking on "Active Surveillance for Early Stage Prostate Cancer — Who Now, Who in the Future"

Panel Discussion presented by:
Dr. Michael Albo, University of California San Diego and Dr. Christian O. Twiss, University of Arizona analyze "Urodynamics: Do They Matter?"

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas S. Lendvay, Seattle Children's Hospital, speaking on "Surgical Simulation Pre-op, Warm-up: New Credentialing Tools?"

Special Update on AUA Practice Guideline featuring:
Dr. Kirsten L. Greene, University of California San Francisco

Just Added! Point/Counterpoint presented by:
Dr. Christopher Amling and Dr. Sandy Srinivas on "Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy vs. Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer."

New! The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care
presented by: Dr. Larry Van Horn, MPH, MBA Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance Vanderbilt School of Medicine

New! State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas J. Walsh, University of Washington, speaking on "Testosterone Replacement."

New! Panel Discussion/Case Management with:
Dr. Brian K. Auge, St. Lukes, Boise, Dr. Matthew Dunn, USC, Dr. Blake D. Hamilton, University of Utah, and Dr. Trevor Schuler, University of Alberta discuss the "Management of Difficult Stone Cases."

New! Resident Educational Program featuring: Dr. Jonathan E. Perley, Harbor UCLA, Dr. Mark T. Edney, Peninsula Urology Associates, Salisbury, Dr. Eugene Y. Rhee, MBA, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Dr. David Y. Josephson, Tower Urology, Los Angeles

New! Special Update on Important Changes to the Journal of Urology featuring: Dr. Mike M. Nguyen, MPH, USC

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TOP STORIES


Doctors' Attitudes On The Future Of Medicine
Doctor Patient Medical Association Foundation
An overwhelming 9 out of 10 doctors say they think that the U.S. medical system is "on the wrong track," and 8 out of 10 say that current changes make them think about quitting. Only 5 percent say that they are "re-energized" by the changes. These are all-time high numbers since the 1960's. Said one doctor from Alaska: "I feel sorry for those who are valiantly trying to practice good medicine in such a dysfunctional system," while others point out concerns about the coming crisis for the most sick and the poor as doctors bail out of the system.
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Study: Doctors Who Profit From Radiation Prescribe It More Often
The New York Times
Doctors who have a financial interest in radiation treatment centers are much more likely to prescribe such treatments for patients with prostate cancer, Congressional investigators say in a new report.
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Few Urologists Follow Thromboprophylaxis Guidelines
Renal & Urology News
Among American Urological Association members, self-reported adherence to the Best Practice Statement on the use of thromboprophylaxis in patients undergoing urological procedures is low, according to research published in The Journal of Urology.
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Can Patients Find Your Practice On Google Maps?
Medical Economics
Are your patients late or frustrated because they say your practice is hard to find? The name, address, telephone numbers and other location information for your practice may be wrong on Google Maps.
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LATEST NEWS


Keep The Profit, Reduce Taxes, Protect Assets: Own Your Own Insurance Company
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
As medical reimbursements continue to shrink and healthcare reform looms large, a popular question we receive at conferences and in consults with medical practices is, "Would owning part of a small insurance company help my practice become more financially efficient?" If your practice currently generates over $3 million of revenue and you would like to increase profits, reduce taxes, protect assets and add flexibility to practice buy-ins and buy-outs, then this article should be of high interest.
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US Doctors Uncertain About Future Of Healthcare
Renal & Urology News
Physicians report concerns regarding healthcare delivery and the future of healthcare, according to survey findings published by athenahealth. Researchers from athenahealth surveyed Epocrates' physician member base to examine physicians' opinions of the current state of U.S. healthcare. Survey responses from March 2013 (1,200 physicians) were compared with those collected in March 2012 (507 physicians from Sermo's member base).
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No Survival Help From Prostate CA Chemoprevention
Medpage Today
A reduction in prostate cancer risk did not translate into improved survival for participants in a landmark chemoprevention trial, according to long-term results from the trial.
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