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ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE


WSAUA 2014 Annual Meeting Meet the Resident Bowl Winners - Team 1



These residents, all wearing first place medals, will represent the Western Section at the AUA's Resident's Bowl in May

Team 1 – Overall Winner!
Nishant Patel, M.D. – UCSD
Henry Tran, M.D. – U of BC
Brandon Haynes, M.D. – UW
Vera Trofimenko, M.D. – Utah
Joseph Presti, M.D. (R) Program Chairman and Moderator



Plan Ahead
91st Annual Meeting Oct. 24-29, 2015,
Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel, Indian Wells, California


UROLOGY INDUSTRY NEWS
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Promising New Therapeutic Strategy for Chronic Kidney Disease
News Medical
Chronic kidney disease affects at least one in four Americans who are older than 60 and can significantly shorten lifespan. Yet the few available drugs for CKD can only modestly delay the disease's progress towards kidney failure. Now, however, a team led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has found an aspect of CKD's development that points to a promising new therapeutic strategy.
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Prostate Cancer Genetics: Ready for Clinical Use?
Renal & Urology News
For decades, prostate cancer risk (PCa) stratification was based primarily on the architectural pattern of the tumor under low magnification (Gleason score), PSA and DRE. As the biological basis of cancers becomes elucidated, our ability to associate aberrant genes with PCa development is outpacing our understanding of how to apply this information clinically.
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Urologists Helping Drive Male-Specific Centers
Urology Times
Multidisciplinary men's health centers, rooted at hospitals, academic centers, and some private clinics, have expanded in the last few years and are meeting an important need in medicine, say key figures in these centers. Urologists are helping to drive these clinics' success. One of the hurdles to providing comprehensive health care for men, however, is that men are far less likely than women to go to the doctor. Urology could be the key to capturing this evasive gender. When men do visit a physician, it's often a urologist they see because urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction, or infertility drive them to seek healthcare.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


Calif. Medical Board To Investigate Drugmakers' Payments to Doctors
California Healthline
Medical Board of California officials say they plan to investigate whether drugmakers' payments have inappropriately influenced doctors who prescribe psychiatric medication to children in California's foster care system, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A recent investigation found that drugmakers between 2010 and 2013 paid more than $14 million to California doctors who treat children in the foster system in the forms of payments including gifts, lecture fees, meal and travel reimbursements, and research funding.
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California's Top Court to Address Med-Mal Cap Issue
Modern Healthcare
California voters who went to the polls on the matter in November won't have the final say on whether that state's cap on medical malpractice damages should remain at $250,000. The California Supreme Court announced on Nov. 26 that it will hear Hughes vs. Pham, a case that challenges the constitutionality of the state's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, known as MICRA, which caps pain and suffering, or noneconomic damages, at $250,000. It agreed to hear the case after it hears another, Rashidi vs. Moser, addressing several tangential issues.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


This #GivingTuesday, Let's Help MedShare Ship a Container from the Western Section AUA! Urologists Can Donate Unused Medical Supplies Via MedShare (A Redistribution Service)
MedShare
According to the 2006 Alameda County Recycling Plan, hospitals are the 4th largest producers of solid waste. At the same time, safety net clinics and remote clinics here and abroad are struggling to offer services for lack of medical supplies. Due to legal restrictions and other reasons, U.S. hospitals discard 5,000 tons of useful medical supplies every day.

Since 1998, MedShare has been the bridge between surplus and need to improve healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers and distributors. MedShare, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, offers healthcare organizations a unique opportunity to divert this surplus from landfills and make it available to local community health clinics and hospitals in the developing world.

MedShare's Container Program delivers containers with medical supplies and equipment to the developing world. Last year, MedShare shipped 128 containers to recipients in 28 different countries and equipped 107 safety net clinics. In the Western region alone, MedShare equipped 295 medical mission teams and diverted 292 tons of medical surplus from Bay Area landfills. Watch how it’s done (put link in your browser): http://youtu.be/XEQBn53LYKk

Two Western Section urologists, Linda Shortliffe and Eric Engelman are members of MedShare’s Western Regional Council. We hope that Western Section urologists will join us in making a difference in our West and the world, and consider supporting Medshare to fund shipping a container of our medical surplus supplies to places of medical need.

The Power of One the Impact of Many. Follow us on Twitter #givingTuesday @MedShare, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

MedShare is recipient of Charity Navigator's top 4 star rating for 8 consecutive years, 2012 Acterra Environmental Innovation Award, Google’s 2014 Bay Area Impact Challenge Award, and the 2014 Volunteer Choice Award.

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Transforming Decision Support and Reporting
HealthLeaders Media
New technology is enabling easier access to information, creating collaborative care team interaction and improved clinical outcomes. The next generation of decision-support technology leverages natural language processing (NLP) and continues to evolve by scouring unstructured text and presenting evidence-based medicine to providers in new, accessible and interesting ways.
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New ACO Rules Would Delay Penalties an Extra 3 Years
Kaiser Health News
Healthcare systems experimenting with a new way of being paid by Medicare would have three extra years before they could be punished for poor performance, the federal government proposed Monday. The proposal is one of dozens of changes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to make to rules governing accountable care organizations.
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CMS Pushes Back Medicare EHR Incentive Attestation Deadline
Modern Healthcare
Hospitals will have an extra month to attest to having met the criteria to receive incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health records, the CMS said Monday, Nov. 24. The American Hospital Association praised the government's latest change to the program in response to widespread industry anxiety about meeting its requirements and deadlines.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Physician Practices Grapple with New Financial Pressures
Medical Economics
Financially, most physician practices are either stuck in neutral or falling behind, according to results from the 2014 Medical Economics Physician Practice Survey. More than 84 percent of the physicians surveyed said their practices are doing the same or worse than a year ago. Nearly 40 percent say they are doing worse. Only 15 percent of those respondents on average say that economic conditions have improved for their practices.
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Morale Boosters Gone Wrong: Costly Mistakes Practices Should Avoid
The Profitable Practice
Like any business, a physician's office functions best when its employees are happy and engaged. Yet a 2013 CareerBuilder Health survey found that 60 percent of medical office workers report being "burned out." Burnout often leads to turnover, which can be extremely costly — a 2013 report from the American Academy of Family Physicians estimates the average cost of replacing a single family practice doctor is $250,000.
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