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Resident's Bowl Teams Competing at the 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey
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Team 3 and Team 4 currently only have three participants at this time. We need more residents to fill in on the site. Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

Round 1: 2:40-3 p.m. - Nov. 5

Team 1
Dr. Hamed Ahmadi - USC
Dr. RJ Caras - Tripler Army Medical Ctr
Dr. William Chu - Kaiser Perm., Los Angeles
Dr. Brian Cox - OHSU

vs.

Team 2
Dr. Rich Greene - Madigan Army MC
Dr. Reza Hamidizadeh - Univ. of BC
Dr. Franklin Lee - Univ. of WA
Dr. Roger Li - Loma Linda

Round 2: 6:30 - 7 p.m. - Nov. 5

Team 3
Dr. Brock O'Neil - Univ. of UT
Dr. Nishant Patel - UC San Diego
Dr. Renea Sturm - UC Davis

vs.

Team 4
Dr. Mark Tyson - Mayo Clinic AZ
Dr. Aviva Weinberg - Stanford
Dr. Uwais Zaid - UC San Francisco

Finals: 9:30 - 10 a.m. - Nov. 6

Round 1 winner

vs.

Round 2 winner
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Symposia Offered at the WSAUA Annual Meeting
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In an effort to enrich your meeting experience, the WSAUA is pleased to offer additional educational opportunities for physicians to attend at their discretion during the annual meeting. Click the Read More link to view the Symposia schedule and plan ahead. A sign-up desk will be available on-site for your RSVP.
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Remote Patient Monitoring Poised for Growth
HealthLeaders Media
New penalties for preventable hospital re-admissions are prompting hospitals to adopt technologies that allow patients to measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs from home. Remote patient monitoring has been around for nearly a decade, but the practice is beginning to gain more traction on the strength of new technologies and a more urgent need to keep costs down, two factors that are expected to drive growth and generate billions of dollars in cost savings over the next five years.
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The Trouble With Pay-for-Performance
HealthLeaders Media
Payers have for years tried to impart a sense of accountability to healthcare providers through financial incentives, yet inefficiency and poor outcomes still plague the healthcare system. The way the majority of healthcare is paid for is a chief culprit. Fee-for-service healthcare provides virtually no incentive for coordination of care and perversely rewards waste. This is not a new problem, but it defies easy solutions.
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IMPORTANT WESTERN SECTION DATES

Date Event
Nov. 3- 7 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey


TOP STORIES


Efforts to Reduce Waste in Healthcare Leads to Job Loss for Many
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Job reports indicate hospitals and health systems are laying people off in quantities not seen since 2009. But the news should not be viewed as a cut in services. Rather, an effort to improve efficiencies and reduce waste, industry insiders say. For the third time in five months, the healthcare sector announced the most job cuts of any other industry, according to a recent layoff report prepared by the Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Survey: Are job losses a sign of tough times ahead for the healthcare industry?
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HHS Brings in Verizon to Help HealthCare.gov
USA Today
The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA Today has learned. An informed source in the telecommunications industry said Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division has been asked by the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the performance of the HealthCare.gov site, which is a key component of the Affordable Care Act.
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Would You Put Your Life in the Hands of a Robot Surgeon?
Daily Mail
Robotic surgery sounds like the ultimate in safe, efficient and effective 21st century healthcare. Instead of a surgeon's potentially fallible human hand, you have a robot with its precision-built mechanical arms able to perform micro-accurate procedures on tissues deep within the body. With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console with a view of the surgical site.
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When to Send Your Patient to Urgent Care
By Becky Bicks
Patients suffering from serious health conditions that need quick treatment during off-hours often find themselves in a predicament. How do they get the most effective care for their condition in the shortest amount of time? People often think the best course of action for a serious or uncomfortable medical situation is to go the emergency room. They think a trip to the ER will ensure them quality medical care with only a reasonably long wait.
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