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The 2015 Call for Abstracts, Meet the Experts Roundtables and Workshops is Now Open
AUGS is now accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts, Meet the Experts Roundtable Breakfast topics and workshops. Submit your work or topic for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, from Oct. 13-17 in Seattle.
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Exciting 2015 Research Opportunities for AUGS Members
AUGS, with the support of the PFD Research Foundation, has created a multi-center research network for AUGS junior faculty members. In its inaugural year, the Junior Faculty Research Network (JFRN) will conduct a study focused on neuromodulation.

An advisory board of senior advisers will oversee the progress of the Network. Monthly conference calls will include research training and education topics in addition to facilitating protocol development and implementation of a multicenter research project focused on neuromodulation. Individuals from both academic and community hospitals are encouraged to participate. Applicants do not have to have a history of previous research funding, nor are they required to have been involved in multicenter studies in the past. Junior faculty members eligible for the JFRN are within 6 years of fellowship graduation. Click here for additional information.

The application period is now open for the PFD Research Foundation Grants. Foundation research funds are made available to qualified ob/gyn and urology fellows and junior faculty to pursue their research question. Goals of this research grant program are to support the completion of research projects which will lead to publication and presentation at future AUGS Annual Scientific Meetings and to support the development of junior researchers in the field who will go on to obtain additional funding for future research on pelvic floor disorders. For detailed information about the grants program and to apply, visit the PFD Research Foundation website.

The application period for both the JFRN and PFD Research Foundation Grant Cycle will close on March 2.

The AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network and the PFD Research Foundation Grants Program are made possible through the generous support of American Medical Systems, Astellas, Medtronic and our individual donors.

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NCCI Implements Edits Regarding CPT Code 52000, Cystourethroscopy (Separate Procedure) on Jan. 1
Effective Jan. 1, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) will implement a series of edits regarding CPT code 52000, Cystourethroscopy (separate procedure). These edits are based on a CPT Assistant article published by the American Medical Association regarding appropriate billing of CPT code 52000 given that this code is designated with separate procedure status — i.e., it is only billable when it is performed as a separate procedure — not when it is performed in the same operative session as another surgical procedure, such as a hysterectomy.

AUGS commented on these edits in the summer of 2013 and requested that CMS allow for the use of NCCI approved edits such that CPT code 52000 would be available to be billed for quality measures and for those times when it was appropriate to bill for the procedure. You will see in the NCCI response that all of the edit pairs have a status indicator of "1." This means that NCCI approved edits are able to be used in those instances where the edit needs to be overridden so that CPT code 52000 can be paid. It will be important for AUGS members to have complete documentation in the patient's record to support the use of the NCCI approved modifier.

Please click here to visit the AUGS website to see a copy of AUGS original comment letter and a copy of the NCCI response.

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Comprehensive Review Course Registration is Now Open
The 2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held March 27 and 28 in Dallas. This course is presented by AUGS and SUFU and will provide a state-of-the-art review of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. It has been designated for 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To register for the Review Course, or for more information, click here.
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ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.

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IUGA is excited to offer AUGS members a sneak peek at the International Urogynecology Journal (IUJ), the blue journal! Click the link to access all of the IUJ's 2014 content.

Access to the IUJ is just one of the many benefits IUGA members enjoy. For $150 a year, an IUGA membership is the perfect supplement to add a global perspective to your AUGS membership. Visit here for more information.

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Remember to Renew Your AUGS Dues
It is that time of year when we reflect on our many accomplishments, consider future goals and most importantly — renew our AUGS dues. As the leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

To renew your membership online, visit here. If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS via email.

After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up to date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.

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Effect of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training Compared with Watchful Waiting in Older Women with Symptomatic Mild Pelvic Organ Prolapse
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The aim is to compare the effects of pelvic floor muscle training and watchful waiting on pelvic floor symptoms in a primary care population of women aged 55 years and over with symptomatic mild pelvic organ prolapse. Although pelvic floor muscle training led to a significantly greater improvement in PFDI–20 score, the difference between the groups was below the presumed level of clinical relevance (15 points). Nevertheless, 57 percent of the participants in the intervention group reported an improvement of overall symptoms. More studies are needed to identify factors related to success of pelvic floor muscle training and to investigate long term effects.
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Study: 1 in 5 Hysterectomies in US May Be Unnecessary
As many as 1 in 5 women who have hysterectomies in the United States may not need the surgery, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. That's a very troubling finding, particularly given that hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is the most commonly performed major gynecologic surgery in the country. Each year, more than 400,000 American women have a hysterectomy. This study suggests that at least 80,000 of those procedures may be unnecessary.
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Pumpkin Seed Extract and Soy Isoflavones Blend for Urinary Incontinence
American Pharmacists Association
An estimated 30 percent of women aged 30 to 60 years old have urinary incontinence, while more than 50 percent of community-dwelling older women have the condition. Stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder are the common types of incontinence. Although prescription drugs and OTC oxybutynin are available, their use may be associated with anticholinergic effects. Recently, Azo Bladder Control with "Go-Less," a blend of Cucurbita pepo pumpkin seed extract and soy isoflavones, was introduced to help alleviate UI symptoms.

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What Your Provider Wants You to Know About Pelvic Health
Great Falls Tribune
Last fall, Dr. Margo Muniz, a urogynecoloist at Northern Montana Health Care in Havre, decided to host lectures on women's pelvic health. In Great Falls, Montana, last month, Maggie Coffman, a clinical nurse specialist with Benefis Bladder and Pelvic Floor Treatment Center, did a similar presentation to a rapt crowd. Urinary and fecal incontinence, organ prolapse and problems with nerve and muscle function of the pelvic floor are experienced by young and old, men and women, with providers busy trying to give patients relief.
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An Acute Abdominal Syndrome Reveals a Postoperative Ilio-Iliac Arteriovenous Fistula: About 1 Case
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Authors report the case of a 74–year–old patient consulted at the emergency department for intense acute abdominal syndrome revealing a post–operative common ilio–iliac arteriovenous fistula five years after a lumbosacral arthrodesis L3–S1. The patient was treated with an endovascular arterial stent–graft with immediate vascular and clinical results.
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Research Triangle Park Drug Startup Lands $330,000 Biotech Center Loans
WRAL TechWire
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has awarded two loans in two years totaling $300,000 to help propel a young Research Triangle Park drug company with a unique product line: Dignify Therapeutics. Dignify's lead product, DTI-100, is believed to be the only medication ever designed specifically to provide rapid, on-demand, drug-induced voiding as a therapeutic strategy. The object is to provide a form of bladder and bowel control to people with spinal injury, spina bifida and other neurological condition
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