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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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Scientific program approved for maximum 33.25 CME credits
Radiologic License Renewal Credits Available in Maui
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
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.
Calling all Young Urologists and Aspiring Leaders!
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
Advanced Practice Provider (APP) / Allied Health Program
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.
Threat Awareness Program Set for Maui
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.
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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Prostate cancer test granted draft Medicare LCD
Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies, has issued a draft local coverage determination for the Prolaris prostate cancer test, Myriad Genetics, Inc., announced.
The LCD, which is posted to the Medicare Coverage Database on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website, establishes the coverage policy for Medicare beneficiaries.
Urologist Adherence to AUA Guidelines for BPH Varies
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Using data extracted from electronic medical records, researchers have evaluated urologist adherence to the American Urological Association guidelines for the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia-related lower urinary tract symptoms. The findings have been published in the November issue of The Journal of Urology.
Circumcision Risks, Costs Higher Past Newborn Stage
Renal & Urology News
About 6 percent of U.S. boys are circumcised later than the first days or weeks of life, which increases costs and risks, according to new research published in Pediatrics. The researchers analyzed insurance billing data that estimated circumcision rates in 2010 for babies up to 1 month (neonates) and older infants up to 1 year old. Of 156,247 circumcisions, "94 percent were performed in neonates," study researcher Karen Hoover, M.D., M.P.H., a researcher in the division of HIV/AIDS prevention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, told HealthDay.
CUA Annual Business Meeting
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.
Health Plans, Providers Increasingly Partner on Narrow Network Plans
nsurers and providers increasingly are entering into partnerships to offer health plans with narrow provider networks, Modern Healthcare reports.
According to Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the trend mostly is the result of the Affordable Care Act. He said, "If you're competing on price and you can't vary copayment structure or deductibles, the only thing you can do is try and keep your networks as affordable as possible."
Kaiser Leads HMOs in Providing Recommended Care in State
Los Angeles Times
Kaiser Permanente was the only HMO to earn a top four-star rating for providing recommended care, according to California's latest report card on insurers and medical groups.
The scores issued Wednesday focus on California's 10 largest HMOs, the six biggest preferred-provider organization plans and more than 200 physician groups covering 16 million consumers.
Helping Hospitals Fight The Battle Against Alarm Fatigue
One of the top technological hazards in the healthcare system is the problem of alarm fatigue, in which the sheer number, variety, and frequency of machine alarms in a hospital room leads to many of them being ignored or muted. The negative results range from annoyance to patient deaths. On the Emergency Care Research Institute Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2014, alarm hazards ranked number one.
Study: Don't Expect Big Healthcare Savings From Medical Malpractice Reform
The Washington Post
There's been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability.
But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn't been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new Rand Corporation study shows.
Why Health Insurance Companies Are Doomed
It’s that time of the year. No, not Halloween, but something almost as scary — open enrollment season.
It's time to choose among the many plans offered through the various health exchanges as part of Obamacare, among the variety of Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans offered by private insurers as part of Medicare (for those who are age-eligible), and, for the 62 percent of employees who are have the opportunity, time to sign up for an employer-sponsored health insurance plan.
It's Not Just Ebola. Healthcare is Pretty Dangerous Work.
The Washington Post
The Ebola outbreak shows that being on the front lines of disease can be particularly dangerous business for healthcare workers. More than 230 workers have died overseas trying to battle the deadly virus, and the infection of a Dallas nurse treating the first U.S. patient diagnosed with Ebola is a reminder that healthcare workers put themselves at risk to treat the sick. Of course, Ebola is a special case, but healthcare workers face significant risks on the job.
Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor
The New York Times
Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.
Bad Blood with EMR Software Vendors Could Mean Bad News for Patient Care
It's no secret that many doctors don't like EHR software. Despite the promise of decreased workload and improvements in patient care, the number of doctors who are dissatisfied with their EHR systems are swelling. According to William S. Underwood, senior associate at the American College of Physicians, there has been a 15 percent increase in reports since 2010 of doctors being "very dissatisfied" with their EHR systems.
How to Handle High Patient Volume in a Small Medical Practice
Higher patient volumes translate into greater revenue for your medical practice. However, there's a potential cost in terms of patient satisfaction. One study found that patients in high-volume medical practices, where physicians saw five patients per hour, were less likely to be up to date on preventive services, including screenings, immunizations and health-habit counseling, compared to patients in lower-volume practices with two to three patient visits per hour.
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