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Plan to join us for the "Best Week in Urology" in Maui on Oct. 26-31!



The 90th Annual Meeting – Oct. 26-31 at The Grand Wailea Hotel

Meeting Advance Registration Deadline - Oct.10 


Rooms now available at Hyatt Andaz and Makena Beach


ANNUAL MEETING NEWS

Advanced Practice Provider (APP) / Allied Health Program
WSAUA
For the second year, we are pleased to continue a special CME segment during the Maui meeting that is directed toward our Advanced Practice Provider (APP) attendees, nurse practitioners and other allied professional colleagues in Urology. We encourage you to register the non-M.D. professionals in your practice and have them attend.
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Applications for the 2015-2016 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar program are now being accepted. Deadline is Oct. 17
WSAUA
Since 2007, the AUA has offered urologists a unique opportunity to explore policy issues that impact urology through the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar program. 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. Interested urologists can apply ktuinstra@AUAnet.org by Oct. 17. Scholars will spend up to 30 days away from their practice for intensive training on a wide range of health policy issues.
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Calling all Young Urologists and Aspiring Leaders!
WSAUA
Want to get involved in leadership but not sure how? ... please join us for a mentorship mixer event.

Plan to attend the Young Urologists Mentorship Mixer and Happy Hour – Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The focus of this informal gathering is to introduce the new Western Section Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP). The purpose of ALP is to offer a pathway for those aspiring to be leaders in organized Urology / Medicine and find opportunities. We are launching this with a group of current leaders and mentors who will share their stories and experiences and the steps they took to earn a leadership position. This event will start with a short "get acquainted" happy hour and will include an introduction to this new program and plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Moderated by John Lam, M.D., AUA Young Urologist Representative for the Western Section AUA

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UROLOGY INDUSTRY NEWS
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Keryx Biopharma Gets US Approval for Kidney Drug
Reuters
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc., won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its drug to lower phosphate levels in patients with chronic kidney disease who are already on dialysis. Chronic kidney disease is a debilitating illness characterized by an ever-worsening loss of kidney function.
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Chronic Kidney Disease Predicts Acute Kidney Injury After Renal Cell Carcinoma Surgery
Renal & Urology News
Preoperative chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 2 and 3, a history of neurovascular disease, and obesity are among the factors that independently predict development of acute kidney injury (AKI) within 30 days of undergoing radical (RN) or partial (PN) nephrectomy, according to researchers.
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AR Splice Variant Predicts Resistance to PCa Treatments
Urology Times
Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients whose tumors contain the androgen receptor (AR)-V7 splice variant are less likely to respond to enzalutamide and abiraterone acetate, recent study results indicate. The study evaluated two groups of 31 men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer and whose PSA levels were still rising despite low testosterone levels.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


What Can Be Done About Covered California's Doctor Cap?
Los Angeles Times
The insurance reforms in the 2010 federal healthcare law went into full effect this year, dramatically reducing the number of Californians who don't have health coverage. At the same time, however, some low- and moderate-income residents have struggled to find doctors who'll take their insurance. Their complaints are forcing state officials to investigate the accuracy and adequacy of insurers' networks of medical providers.
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Online Access to Doctors Encourages Patients to Seek Care
California Health
As more and more California providers offer direct online access to doctors, medical records and lab tests, patients and their caregivers say they're experiencing dramatic changes in the culture of medicine. These online portals allow patients a new view of their healthcare, one that’s accessible 24-7. Once a user logs in, they typically see a summary of their basic health history, such as conditions, medications and allergies.
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California Officials Gearing Up for Obamacare Open Enrollment
Los Angeles Times
Looking to avoid the pitfalls and confusion that surrounded the launch of Obamacare, California is gearing up to get 1.2 million people to renew their health policies for next year. The Covered California insurance exchange easily outpaced its expected enrollment during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Now it faces the challenge of getting those people to stay on board for a second year once open enrollment begins Nov. 15.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


HHS Spends $60 Million to Help Consumers Navigate Obamacare
The Hill
Federal health officials announced $60 million in new funds to help consumers navigate the health insurance marketplaces in November. The Department of Health and Human Services divided the money between 90 organizations that will provide in-person assistance to people shopping for health plans.
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D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies
The New York Times
Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers.
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13 Most Common Healthcare-Associated Infections
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Healthcare-associated infections are a consistent issue for both hospital patients and healthcare providers. While no single U.S. surveillance system can provide estimates of the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections across acute-care patient populations, a recent multistate prevalence survey published by The New England Journal of Medicine reveals important insight for healthcare providers in their efforts to combat infections.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession
Wall Street Journal
Today medicine is just another profession, and doctors have become like everybody else: Insecure, discontented and anxious about the future. In surveys, a majority of doctors express diminished enthusiasm for medicine and say they would discourage a friend or family member from entering the profession. In a 2008 survey of 12,000 physicians, only 6 percent described their morale as positive. Eighty-four percent said that their incomes were constant or decreasing.
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How to increase revenue cycle at your medical practice
MediGain
There are several ways to work on increasing revenue at a medical practice, from streamlining processes to working with fewer support staff. Any practice can, with some preparation, identify areas where costs could be cut for the good of the organization's finances. In addition, the best areas to save money are those where the change will yield a more efficient and effective process as well as a less expensive one. Here are some ideas about where to find savings in a medical practice.
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