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ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE


Maui Meeting Highlights


(Photo 1) Jeff Kaufman, M.D., (L) receives the presidential gavel from outgoing president Paul Andrews, M.D., during the Member's Business Meeting on Oct. 30.



Eugene Fuchs, M.D., (Center) receives a congratulatory plaque as the Distinguished Member from President Paul Andrews, M.D., (L) and Christopher Amling, M.D., (R) who described Dr. Fuchs' contributions to urology.

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UROLOGY INDUSTRY NEWS
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Researchers Find New Target for Kidney Cancer Therapy
Medical Xpress
Cincinnati Cancer Center researchers have discovered that a membrane channel, Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 3, or TRPM3, promotes growth of kidney cancer tumors, and targeting this channel therapeutically could lead to more treatments for a disease that currently has few treatment options. A membrane channel is a family of proteins that allows the movement of ions, water or other solutions to pass through the membrane.
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Genetic Test Predicts Prostate Ca Recurrence Risk
Urology Times
A personalized genetic test has been shown to predict risk of prostate cancer recurrence following radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy, according to a recent study. The predictive test analyzes biopsy tissue taken before treatment to identify abnormal genetic DNA of the prostate cancer and its oxygen content. Together, this information can predict with almost 80 percent accuracy — and in about three days — those prostate cancer patients who are at greatest risk of recurrence, the study findings suggest.
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Early Heart Disease Can Lead to Erectile Dysfunction
Newsmax
Early stage vascular disease may lead to impotence for men later in life, a new study says. "Erectile function can be a window into men's cardiovascular and overall health. Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease commonly coexist," lead author David Feldman, a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University's Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, said in an American Heart Association news release.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


California's Obamacare Enrollment Window to Reopen with New Challenges
Los Angeles Times
California's embrace of Obamacare coverage poses huge new challenges starting Saturday, Nov. 22, as sign-ups resume for year two of the federal health overhaul. The state needs to help 1.2 million existing policyholders renew their coverage by December and persuade hundreds of thousands more people to sign up by Feb. 15. That's when the enrollment window closes again.
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Covered California Visits Salinas, Redoubles Latino Enrollment Efforts
Monterey Herald
Covered California will "double-down" on its strategy to reach out to uninsured Latinos during a new enrollment period for healthcare under the state-run insurance exchange, the group's top executive said on Nov. 17. Speaking to The Herald before making a brief stop at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, executive director Peter Lee said Covered California did a "pretty good job" of signing up Latinos, the state's largest uninsured population, during the initial six-month enrollment period that ended in March.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Urologists Can Donate Unused Medical Supplies Via MedShare (A Redistribution Service) - Kickoff starts Dec. 2 - Call the Giving Tuesday Hotline at 877-370-2664 and/or visit website at www.medshare.org/giving-Tuesday
MedShare
MedShare, both a humanitarian and an environmental non-profit organization, was founded in Atlanta in 1998. MedShare has offices in San Leandro, CA (since 2008) and the New York City metropolitan areas (since 2012), in addition to its headquarters in Atlanta.

MedShare sources essential, surplus medical supplies and equipment from US hospitals, and using an unique ordering system, allows hospitals and clinics to request exactly what they need from an inventory of nearly 20,000 items. It then delivers them directly to underserved populations worldwide while lessening the impact of medical waste in the U.S. Here in the Bay Area, we collect supplies and equipment weekly from most Kaiser, Sutter and Dignity Health facilities, as well as UCSF Medical Center, UC Davis Medical Center, El Camino Health and ValleyCare.

Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of people, communities, and the planet. Since its founding, MedShare has mobilized thousands of community volunteers as well as corporate, hospital, and nongovernmental partners to ship over 1,000 forty-foot containers to hospitals and clinics in need in 96 countries, including free clinics in the U.S. In San Leandro alone, over 8,000 volunteers sorted materials to keep our costs down while adding efficiency to our supply chain.

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Telehealth Gets More Coverage from CMS
HealthLeaders Media
New rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services significantly broaden coverage for chronic care telehealth services. The rulemaking changes are inside the 1,185-page document detailing Medicare payments to physicians and other providers. The American Telemedicine Association, which had sought the expanded coverage for five years, notes that among the rules are provisions that will pay for remote chronic care management using the new current procedural terminology (CPT) code 99490, with a monthly unadjusted, non-facility fee of $42.60.
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4 Reasons Why 25 Percent of American Doctors are Refusing to Participate in Obamacare Exchanges
NaturalNews
A growing number of doctors in the U.S. are refusing to participate in the Affordable Care Act exchanges. By May 2014, the American Action Forum estimated that a total of 214,524 doctors were refusing to accept Obamacare health insurance plans. The Kaiser Family Foundation lists 893,851 active professional physicians working in the U.S. This means that about 25 percent of all state-licensed physicians are now refusing Obamacare plans.
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Patients Embrace Sharing Medical Notes with Family, Caregivers
FierceHealthIT
Patients increasingly are using technology to share their health information with family or friends, and access to information is causing them to pay better attention to their care, according to a recent study. Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the research looked at patient use of OpenNotes, initially a one-year program that gave patients electronic access to medical notes written by their physicians.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


When Patients Don't Follow Up
The New York Times
Patients frequently miss appointments and tests that their healthcare providers schedule. No-show rates range from 5 to 55 percent. In some instances, like when a patient skips a cardiac stress test, for example, then has a heart attack, the hospital might classify what occurred as a "systems error." Ideally, such cases lead to new policies that prevent similar events. But what about less drastic cases, in which follow-up is necessary but not an emergency? Should patients be held responsible for not showing up? Or does the medical profession have an ethical and legal duty to try to track down the individuals?
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