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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 

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Rooms now available at Hyatt Andaz and Makena Beach


ANNUAL MEETING NEWS

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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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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UROLOGY INDUSTRY NEWS
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Medivation Prostate Cancer Drug Secures Expanded FDA Label
The Street
Medivation and its partner Astellas have secured FDA approval to expand the use of Xtandi in prostate cancer patients before they're treated with chemotherapy. Investors widely expected the expansion of the Xtandi label into the "pre-chemo" prostate cancer setting, but it's still welcome news. And the language in the new Xtandi label should help Medivation and Astellas widen their market share lead over Johnson & Johnson's competing prostate cancer drug Zytiga, says healthcare investor David Miller.
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Faster-Acting Erectile Dysfunction Drug Gets FDA Approval
Reuters via Fox News
An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has won approval for marketing in the United States. The drug, Stendra, is the first erectile dysfunction drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can be taken about 15 minutes prior to sexual activity.
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PCa Test Predicts Aggressiveness, Influences Treatment
Urology Times
The Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier test predicts disease aggressiveness, influences treatment decisions, and predicts which patients may benefit from post-prostatectomy radiation therapy, according to findings from three studies presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting in San Francisco.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


Poll: Obamacare Support Sliding, Jerry Brown, Water-Bond Up Big
The Sacramento Bee
The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state's relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage. A new survey released on Sept. 23 found some 42 percent of state residents generally view the law favorably, while 46 percent harbor unfavorable opinions. Support is down somewhat since May, before a wave of targeted TV ads began in a handful of competitive congressional districts.
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What's in Proposition 45 — Minus the Hype, Money, Emotion and Controversy
California Healthline
Rate regulation of health insurance has been a tall lightning rod for heated rhetoric and loud controversy each and every time it's been introduced in the California Legislature. Bills to authorize rate regulation failed four times in four years in the Legislature. The most recent effort — AB 52, authored by Assembly member Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, — died in committee in 2011.
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Threat Awareness Program Set for Maui Meeting
CUA
The CUA has been pioneering the effort to help its members deal with the issue of workplace violence and threat awareness, prevention, response. The first in a series of courses will be offered this year in conjunction with the Western Section AUA Annual Meeting in Maui.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Prop. 46: Drug Testing Provision for Doctors Makes No Sense
San Jose Mercury News
In November, voters will be asked to vote on Proposition 46, which contains three very different provisions. The first would quadruple the amount of certain damages in medical lawsuits, making it easier and more lucrative for trial lawyers to sue doctors and hospitals. The second would require physicians and pharmacists to consult a problem-plagued state database before prescribing some medications. And the third would create an unworkable drug- and alcohol-testing program for doctors.
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Who Owns EHR Data?
InformationWeek
Electronic medical records contain highly personal information, from illnesses to family matters to emotional statuses. Yet those records don't necessarily belong to the patient. The question this raises in the digital age is: Just how much control should people have over their own records?
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Poll: Weak Support for Prop. 46 Targeting Medical Malpractice
Los Angeles Times
Voter support appears to be soft for a November ballot measure that is the subject of a heated and potentially costly battle between the lawyers who back it and the doctors and insurers who oppose it, according to new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
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Hospital Consolidation: Is It Raising Costs?
POLITICO
Hospital consolidation since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act is a potential threat to free markets and healthcare costs, and one to which the Federal Trade Commission is paying close attention, said Martin Gaynor, director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC. Other panelists at a POLITICO Pro Health Care breakfast briefing said the ACA was forcing expensive changes that required consolidation.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
The Daily Beast
All too often, we conventional physicians dismiss patients with unusual complaints or simply ply them with medicines. Of course, the medical community can't develop a new "evidence base" if we ignore our patients. It's an insane medical Catch-22, and patients are getting fed up. Now, instead of turning to the once trusted physician, many Americans are spending billions on alternative and complementary medicine.
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