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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 

ARE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE MEETING IN MAUI?
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Rooms now available at Hyatt Andaz and Makena Beach


ANNUAL MEETING NEWS

Morning Practice Management Course in Maui
CUA
In conjunction with the pioneering the efforts of the California Urological Association, the Western Section has added a new program to help its members deal with the issue of workplace violence, threat awareness, prevention, and 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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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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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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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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Many Kidney Failure Patients Unaware of Transplant Benefits
Renal & Urology News
In a new study, the vast majority of kidney failure patients told researchers they saw no need for a kidney transplant because they were doing fine on dialysis – but the researchers say these patients might not realize how much a transplant could help them.
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Medicare to Cover 1 PCa Test, PPO Covers Another
Urology Times
The ConfirmMDx for Prostate Cancer test qualifies for Medicare coverage effective Nov. 3, 2014, MDxHealth SA announced, while the maker of a second test, the Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier, has added a new preferred provider organization to expand coverage of that test.
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Premature Ejaculation Linked to Chlamydia in Prostatitis Patients
Renal & Urology News
Chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis is associated with a greater likelihood of premature ejaculation than CBP due to infection with other bacteria, according to a recent report. Tommaso Cai, M.D., of Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento, Italy, and colleagues compared 317 patients diagnosed with C. trachomatis CBP (group A) with 639 patients with CBP caused by other uropathogic bacteria (group B). PE was identified in 118 men in group A and 73 in group B, a significant difference in prevalence, Dr. Cai's team reported online ahead of print in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


Are You Ready for the New Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Form Required on Oct. 1?
CUA
Over the next several months, a new law will take effect that streamlines and standardizes the prior authorization process for prescription drugs. The new law (SB 866) requires all insurers, health plans (and their contracting medical groups/IPAs) and providers to use a standardized two-page form for prior authorizations of prescription medications.
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Advocacy Organizations File Lawsuit Over Medi-Cal Backlog
California Healthline
Recently, a coalition of advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court over a backlog of Medi-Cal applications, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. About 2.2 million additional Californians signed up for Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the program. A total of about 11 million state residents now are covered by the program, according to the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now."
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


House Bill Would Reduce 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period
iHealthBeat
On Sept. 16, House lawmakers introduced a bill (HR 5481) that would grant eligible professionals and hospitals more flexibility in fiscal year 2015 to meet reporting requirements for the meaningful use program, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports.
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EHR Systems 'Immature, Costly,' AMA Says
HealthLeaders Media
The president-elect of the American Medical Association says there is "a crying need" to make electronic health record systems "time-saving rather than efficiency-diminishing." Electronic health record systems are so complicated and poorly designed that they are impacting the quality of doctors' clinical decisions and challenging the sustainability of their practices.
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New Mobile Passport Control App Being Piloted in Atlanta
Skift
U.S. Customs and Border Protection let travelers use its new mobile passport control app for the first time  at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, provided they were American or Canadian. Atlanta is the only airport piloting the app, which allows travelers to forgo the traditional customs declarations paper forms. The airport approached the CBP to pilot the app through the Airports Council International-North America, says Jennifer Evanitsky, a CBP spokeswoman.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Work to Improve Chronic Care and Patient Engagement to Increase Reimbursements In-House
MediGain
Healthcare organizations can work to improve reimbursement in-house as well as in partnership with a revenue cycle management company. This dual approach stands to benefit organizations significantly, and deserves consideration. Here are internal steps to consider taking to improve reimbursement and revenue.
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