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Approved! X-ray License Renewal Credits Available in Monterey
WSAUA
The CUA is pleased to announce that urologists can obtain up to 12.50 CEU credits for x-ray license renewal by attending the regular sessions while at the Western Section Annual Meeting. We have surpassed our objective for at least five CEU per meeting (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. Credit certificates are free to CUA members. The cost for non-members is $125. Below are the courses that have been qualified for the credits by the ASRT:

Allied Health Program
Prep Course #1 - BPH
Prep Course #2 - Urologic Trauma & Reconstruction
Prep Course #3 - Testis Cancer
Prep Course #4 - Advanced Ureteroscopy
Scientific Session - Calculi
Scientific Session - Prostate I
Scientific Session - Pediatrics
Scientific Session - Bladder Cancer
Scientific Session - Kidney & Laparoscopy
Scientific Session - Prostate 2
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Special Offer for WSAUA members — Practice Review
Are you concerned about diminishing reimbursements? Time to take action and give your practice a check up!
1) Take advantage of the complimentary Practice Analysis.
2) See how you can prepare for the Affordable care Act.
From production and reimbursement to coding and A/R, find out where you are and what you can do to take advantage of the changes in healthcare and to protect your practice.
 


More Legal Trouble for Affordable Care Act
The Los Angeles Times
If computer glitches are not enough of a problem, President Obama's healthcare law also has a legal glitch that critics say could cause it to unravel in more than half the nation. The Affordable Care Act proposes to make health insurance affordable to millions of low-income Americans by offering them tax credits to help cover the cost.
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Covered California Launches New Provider Tool
KNSD-TV
The Covered California website launched a new version of its provider tool recently, offering residents a way to check to see if their physician or specialist will be included in a potential healthcare plan. The tool was considered slow and inaccurate when it first appeared on California's health care exchange when it launched Oct. 1 as part of the new Affordable Care Act.
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Healthcare Law Fails to Lower Prices for Rural Areas
The New York Times
As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama's healthcare law, evidence is emerging that one of the program's loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans.
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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.
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Docs Resisting Obamacare
The New York Post
New York doctors are treating Obamacare like the plague, a new survey reveals. A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation's new healthcare plan.
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Nov. 3- 7 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey


TOP STORIES


Urology Groups Condemn IMRT Study
Renal & Urology News
Urology associations have condemned a new study suggesting that urology groups that have integrated intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) into their practice make much greater use of the modality for treating prostate cancer (PCa) patients than urology groups that do not have in-office IMRT. The study, which was funded by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and conducted by Dr. Jean M. Mitchell an economist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., examined Medicare claims from 2005 through 2010.
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The Wildest Time Ever in American Healthcare
The Bangor Daily News
The American healthcare industry has fallen down an 'Alice in Wonderland' rabbit hole, and awakened in the strangest, wildest time in its history. Hospitals are spending millions of dollars trying to keep patients from being admitted to them, and health systems are becoming insurance companies. In turn, insurance companies are buying hospitals and physician groups so they can take care of patients and thereby, perhaps, finally control the costs of patient care.
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Male Birth Defect Weakly Linked to Pesticide Exposure
ScienceDaily
The study, led by epidemiologists at the Stanford University School of Medicine, analyzed thousands of birth records and commercial pesticide application records for eight counties in California's heavily agricultural Central Valley. The researchers aimed to determine whether children were at increased risk of hypospadias if their mothers had lived in relatively close proximity to where pesticides were used while pregnant.
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Prostate Cancer Risk Lower in Statin Users
Renal & Urology News
Prolonged statin use is associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer (PCa), but the extent of this protective effect varies by duration of use time and type of statin, according to a new study. A team led by Dr. Alexander Lustman of Clalit Health Services in Tel Aviv, Israel, conducted a population-based cohort study of 66,741 men aged 45-85 years. The mean age at cohort entry was 58 years.
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Nerve-Sparing Quality Boosts Urinary Recovery After Radical Prostatectomy
News-Medical.Net
The quality of nerve sparing during radical prostatectomy has a significant influence on the recovery of urinary function in men with prostate cancer, research shows. Christian Pavlovich of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and colleagues found that men who had excellent nerve sparing of one or both neurovascular bundles had better urinary function than men who did not within one month of surgery. And, this statistically significant difference was maintained over a year's follow-up.
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Prostate Cancer Agent Meets Key Endpoints in Pre-Chemo Setting
Urology Times
A phase III trial of enzalutamide (Xtandi) in chemotherapy-naïve patients with advanced prostate cancer has met both of its primary endpoints in an interim analysis, and the trial will be stopped early due to the drug’s benefit. Given the observed benefits in the trial's co-primary endpoints of overall survival and radiographic progression-free survival, and considering the observed safety profile, the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) concluded enzalutamide demonstrated a favorable benefit-risk ratio.
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Is Cost of Urology Fellowship Training Worthwhile?
Urology Times
In terms of total career earnings, urology ranks in the top quartile among 15 specialties evaluated in a recent study, but the study's findings raise questions about the long-term financial value of urology fellowships. In calculating value of career earnings (VCE), urologists from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found that the VCE was slightly more than $3.5 million for urologists in private practice and $3.2 million for academic urologists.
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