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HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value
HHS News Release: January 26, 2015
In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.

HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018. HHS also set a goal of tying 85 percent of all traditional Medicare payments to quality or value by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018 through programs such as the Hospital Value Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Programs. This is the first time in the history of the Medicare program that HHS has set explicit goals for alternative payment models and value-based payments.
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ICA Pilot Research Program is now accepting applications
The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) invites investigators from all disciplines interested in studying interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, to submit an application for the 2015 ICA Pilot Research Program.

One-year grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to fund novel and useful basic, clinical, or translational research studies that attempt to solve the many questions of IC. Specific areas of interest are (but not limited to):
  • Etiology of IC
  • Serum or urine markers
  • Treatment modalities
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pain management
  • Pregnancy & IC
  • Diet & Nutrition
Past projects have done work on isolating biomarkers offering promise urine tests for diagnosing IC, research on IC urinary markers, the genetics of IC, using gene therapy for IC, and innovative delivery systems for pain medicines. Many of these funded pilot IC research projects went on to receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding. Submit your application to the ICA Pilot Research Program today!

The deadline to apply for the 2015 ICA Pilot Research Program is February 27, 2015. The award period is June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Go to to learn more about this funding opportunity and to download the application today. Please share this funding opportunity with your healthcare providers.

The ICA Pilot Research Program began in 1985 and remains the first IC-dedicated research program funded by a non-profit, charitable organization.

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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 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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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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The future of research in female pelvic medicine
Current Urology Reports via Springer
Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery was recently recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. FPMRS treats female pelvic disorders including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms, lower urinary tract infections, pelvic pain and female sexual dysfunction. These conditions affect large numbers of individuals, resulting in significant patient, societal, medical and financial burdens. Given that treatments utilize both medical and surgical approaches, areas of research in FPD necessarily cover a gamut of topics, ranging from mechanistically driven basic science research to randomized controlled trials.
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Procidentia in pregnancy: A systematic review and recommendations for practice
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Pelvic organ prolapse in pregnancy is a rare condition with decreasing incidence and improved management and outcome world-wide recently. Systematic review of the literature for cases of POP in pregnancy published since 1990 was carried out to identify common factors in presentation, management and outcomes. One case from our own practice was added to the analysis.
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Postoperative voiding difficulty and mesh-related complications after Total Prolift System surgical repair for pelvic organ prolapse and predisposing factors
Menopause via PubMed
n this prospective cohort study, 206 consecutive women with advanced pelvic organ prolapse underwent surgical repair with the Prolift mesh kit at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, with a mean follow-up of 4.2 years. Postoperative voiding difficulty was defined as postvoid bladder volume of 100 mL or more (or more than one third of voided volume). The International Urogynecological Association/International Continence Society joint terminology was used for mesh-related complications and pain.
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Medium-term comparison of uterus preservation versus hysterectomy in pelvic organ prolapse treatment with Prolift™ mesh
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
We conducted a medium-term assessment of clinical outcomes and complications after surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse using Prolift™ mesh, and sought to determine whether concomitant hysterectomy clinically influenced the outcome of pelvic reconstruction in patients without a prior history of urogenital surgery.
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Histological study on the effects of microablative fractional CO2 laser on atrophic vaginal tissue: An ex vivo study
Menopause via PubMed
This is a prospective ex vivo cohort trial. Consecutive postmenopausal women with vulvovaginal atrophy managed with pelvic organ prolapse surgical operation were enrolled. After fascial plication, the redundant vaginal edge on one side was treated with CO2 laser. Five different CO2 laser setup protocols were tested. The contralateral part of the vaginal wall was always used as control. Excessive vagina was trimmed and sent for histological evaluation to compare treated and nontreated tissues.
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Clinical and ultrasonographic study of patients presenting with transvaginal mesh complications
Neurourology and Urodynamics via Wiley
This was a retrospective study of patients that had EVUS due to mesh complications at a tertiary care center. The clinical charts were reviewed. The stored 3-D volumes were reviewed regarding mesh information by two examiners independently. The predictive value of physical examination for detection of vaginal mesh was calculated. Patient outcomes were reviewed.
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The DIY fix for a leaky bladder
Yahoo Health
Sometimes, you just gotta go. And for some people, sometimes you just can't hold it in — usually when you cough or exercise. A leaky bladder can be inconvenient or embarrassing, but it's also common: About 4 to 10 percent of women experience urine leakage, studies report. (The problem also affects men, but less frequently.) If you're one of them, simple exercises that you can do anywhere can help.
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