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Get ready for the "Best Week in Urology" in Maui on Oct. 26-31!



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

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ANNUAL MEETING NEWS

Radiologic License Renewal Credits Available in Maui
CUA
The CUA is pleased to announce that it has been able to obtain ASRT activity approval for category A credit during the WSAUA 2014 Maui meeting. Urologists can therefore obtain up to 16.50 CEU credits for x-ray license renewal by attending specific sessions while at the Western Section Annual Meeting. Note: 10 CEU are required to satisfy the California Department of Public Health requirement for renewing permits and certificates in radiographic technology. Urologists can earn these CEU credits at the same time they earn their CME credits. Simply fill out the Attestation Form provided at the annual meeting to claim your credits. Once we verify your attendance, your certificate will be emailed to you.
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WSAUA Health Policy Survey Achieves 20 Percent Response
WSAUA
The 2014 Western Section Biennial Health Policy Survey reached its objective of obtaining a response rate of 20 percent. Considered statistically significant, the wide ranging 30 question survey results will be presented at the WSAUA Maui meeting, Oct. 26 during the health policy forum. Dr. Jeffrey Frankel and the Health Policy Committee have been reviewing the results as well as the many comments providing very telling feedback about the needs of urologists in the west and the health of their practices. The results will be released in early November after the meeting.
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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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Threat Awareness Program Set for 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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Plan to Attend the Health Policy Forum
Sunday, Oct. 26
Moderated by Jeff Frankel, M.D., Chairman, Health Policy Committee
TOPICS: Health Policy Essay Contest Presentations
Evolving Health Care Delivery 2014, Jeffrey Kaufman, M.D.
AACU Update - Richard Pelman, M.D., President AACU
Utilization of Advanced Practice Providers in Urology, Ken Mitchell, MPAS, PA-C
Senate Bill 1215 In Memoriam – a fascinating legislative journey underscores the power of advocacy
Panel Discussion: Drs. Eugene Rhee, Jeff Frankel, Aaron Spitz
Update on the Ballot Measure to Change the Medical Injury Compensation
Reform Act (MICRA)
,
David Benjamin, M.D., CUA President
2014 Western Section Member Health Policy Survey Results – Jeff Frankel, M.D.

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UROLOGY INDUSTRY NEWS
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High Dietary Fiber Associated with Better Kidney Function
Renal & Urology News
High intake of dietary fiber is associated with better kidney function and reduced inflammation among community-dwelling elderly men, according to a Swedish study. Researchers calculated dietary fiber intake from seven day dietary records kept by 1,110 men aged 70-71 years who participated in the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men. They calculated eGFR using serum cystatin C concentrations.
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Genomic Prostate Score Shown to Predict BCR
Urology Times
The Oncotype DX prostate cancer test is a predictor of not only adverse surgical pathology at radical prostatectomy but also long-term risk of biochemical recurrence after surgery, according to research presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Madrid, Spain. The independent clinical validation study was conducted in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' Center for Prostate Disease Research, Bethesda, M.D., supported by a multidisciplinary team of investigators under a cooperative research and development agreement with USU.
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Anticoagulation Use in Urology Patients Requires Pre-Planning
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Perioperative planning is needed for decisions of timing of anticoagulation therapy in patients undergoing urological procedures, according to a review published in the October issue of The Journal of Urology. The researchers found that multidisciplinary management of anticoagulant/antiplatelet medications for patients with recent thromboembolic events, mechanical cardiac valves, atrial fibrillation, and cardiac stents is necessary to cut high morbidity and mortality.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


CUA Annual Business Meeting
CUA
The CUA Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct.26, at 7:15 a.m. prior to the Practice Management Course. All urologists welcome to attend! Bylaws amendments will be on the agenda.
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California Gives No-Bid Health Pacts
Merced Sun-Star
California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director. Covered California's no-bid contracts were for a variety of services, ranging from public relations to paying for ergonomic adjustments to work stations, according to an Associated Press review of contracting records obtained through the state Public Records Act.
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HealthCare.gov Costs Hit $2B; Admin Reassess 2015 Enrollment Goals
California Healthline
The total cost of HealthCare.gov is now more than $2 billion, exceeding previous estimates, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis, The Hill reports. In comparison, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell had recently projected that the cost of HealthCare.gov to be about $1 billion through fiscal year 2015, according to The Hill. Meanwhile, the total cost of implementation of the ACA is more than $73 billion since 2010, according to the analysis.
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Covered California Still Struggling with Doctor-Access Issues
Sacramento Business Journal
Covered California continues to struggle with problems involving patient access. As the health exchange prepares for its second open enrollment, it is redoubling efforts to ensure that health plans provide accurate doctor lists and sign up enough healthcare professionals to see patients in a timely way.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Google Testing New Telemedicine Service
Re/code
Google is tiptoeing into the increasingly popular telemedicine space. The online search giant is indeed running a trial within its Helpouts service offering users a chance to discuss medical issues with live doctors via online video, as Engadget first reported. "When you're searching for basic health information — from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning — our goal is to provide you with the most helpful information available," a company spokesperson said in an email to Re/code. "We're trying this new feature to see if it’s useful to people."
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3 Obstacles Blocking Healthcare Innovation
HealthLeaders Media
Hospitals and physicians are floundering under the weight of ill-advised and uncompensated fixed costs—a trend that will worsen with the advent of population health management, unless addressed by new payment systems. "We want hospitals to have emergency rooms, operating suites, and cardiac catheterization labs ready to go 24/7 when we have an accident or heart attack, but we don't pay hospitals for standby services, we only pay them when they have admissions and do procedures. It's not just hospitals that have this problem; physician practices also have significant fixed costs to cover, but they are only paid for office visits and procedures," Harold Miller, president and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, says.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


CMS To Extend Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Deadline
EHR Intelligence
In what should come as good news for eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reopening the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications. Both sets of eligible providers have until November 30 to submit an application for a meaningful use hardship exemption to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustment (i.e., penalty).
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Practices Forced to Allocate More Staff Resources to Regulatory Burdens
Fierce Practice Management
As the regulatory and administrative burden on physician practices increases, so too has the expense of paying employees needed to perform this work. Respondents of Medical Group Management Association's Cost Survey: 2014 Report Based on 2013 Data, reported a 4.6 percent increase in spending on total business operations staff — including general administrative staff, information technology staff, general/patient accounting staff and managed care administrative staff — per full-time-equivalent (FTE) physician since 2013.
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