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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, in Seattle, Washington from Oct. 13-17, 2015.
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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, 2015
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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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.

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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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 If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at

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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Neuromodulation for OAB symptoms
Incontinence experts discuss the prevalence of refractory OAB and how Urgent® PC can help this undertreated population. To view the supplement:
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Retroperitoneal leiomyoma of the uterus mimicking sarcoma in perimenopausal woman: Case report
Journal of Menopausal Medicine
Leiomyomas are very common benign tumors in the uterus and it is rare condition to present the retroperitoneal leiomyoma. The author reported a 48-year-old female patient who presented right pelvic mass with urinary incontinence and lower abdominal discomfort. Based on the preoperative imaging, provisional diagnosis was mesenchymal sarcoma. In the intraoperative findings, huge mass abutting to the uterus was observed in retroperitoneal space beneath the right broad ligament. After the exposure the retroperitoneal space, we encountered the well-demarcated tumor measuring 8 × 6 cm in diameter and this tumor attached the right surface of the uterus with fibrotic tissue. Pathologic findings demonstrated retroperitoneal uterine leiomyoma.
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Patient-focused websites related to stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse: A DISCERN quality analysis
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
English-language, patient-focused professional, governmental and consumer websites related to POP and SUI were identified using the International Urogynecology Association (IUGA) list of continence societies worldwide, search terms, and provider nomination. Websites were evaluated by 10 providers at an academic medical center, representing urogynecology, urology and general gynecology. Quality assessment utilized the DISCERN instrument, a validated instrument consisting of 16 questions addressing the quality of consumer health information.
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The FIGO assessment scoring system: a new holistic classification tool to assess women with pelvic floor dysfunction: Validity and reliability
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Women with and without symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse attending gynaecology outpatient clinics in four different countries were recruited prospectively. Each woman was assessed using the FASS which included: (1) physical examination findings designated with the letter P; (2) presence of symptoms of prolapse, urinary and bowel symptoms designated with the letter S; and (3) assessment of degree of bother designated with the letter B.
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Outcomes of midurethral sling procedures in women with mixed urinary incontinence
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
This was a retrospective cohort study of women who underwent primary MUS surgery for SUI. MUI was defined as at least "moderately" bothersome urgency and stress incontinence on the Urinary Distress Inventory (UDI-6) subscale of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory-20 (PFDI-20). The primary outcome was SUI cure defined by a response of "no," "not at all," or "somewhat" bothersome SUI on both of the two UDI-6 stress subscale items. Symptom impact was assessed using the Urinary Impact Questionnaire (UIQ-7). Multivariable models assessed the effect of MUI on SUI outcomes.
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Vaginal cutting during childbirth is on the decline
Live Science
It is becoming less common for doctors in the U.S. to make incisions in a woman's vagina and pelvic floor muscles during childbirth, in the wake of 2006 recommendations against the procedure, new research finds. Episiotomies, deliberate cuts in the perineum, which is the tissue between the vagina and the anus, were once standard practice during vaginal deliveries.
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J&J says women being illegally solicited to join in mesh lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson said in a court filing that women are being illegally solicited by unknown callers trying to persuade them to sue over transvaginal mesh devices, which are the subject of more than 35,000 lawsuits against its Ethicon Inc subsidiary.
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Overactive bladder drug may possibly promote weight loss
Monthly Prescribing Reference
Brown adipose tissue was successfully activated and energy expenditure increased in 12 lean adult men treated with mirabegron in a new study. The research was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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Need relief from overactive bladder symptoms?
If you have an overactive bladder, do not despair. There are FDA-approved treatments that can help control your symptoms. People with overactive bladder have a bladder muscle that squeezes too often or squeezes without warning.
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