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AUGS Membership Spotlight | Marc R. Toglia, MD
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been members of AUGS for 20 or more years.

Marc R. Toglia, MD
Marc Toglia has been an active member of AUGS for 20 years. Dr. Toglia enjoys interacting with peers at the Annual Meetings, and cites these interactions as a source of inspiration and support in his career. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the AUGS Coding Committee and has previously served as the Director of Development for the AUGS Foundation (now the PFD Research Foundation). Click here to view Marc Toglia's complete Membership Spotlight.
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Submit an abstract now for the PFD Week 2015 Fellows' Forum
The Fellows' Forum, part of Fellows' Day at PFD Week 2015, is an opportunity for OB/GYN and Urology Fellows from across the country to meet one another and present their scientific work in a fellows-only podium session.

To present at the Fellows-only podium session, which will be a non-competitive atmosphere, Fellows must submit a written abstract for presentation at this Forum. Abstracts may be different from, or duplicates of those submitted to PFD Week, the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, and will be accepted to the Fellows' Forum whether or not they were accepted for presentation the meeting. Abstract submissions will be accepted until September 11.

Submit your abstract today.

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Register for AUGS' 36th Annual Meeting, PFD Week 2015!
Join AUGS in Seattle from Oct. 13-17 for the premier of PFD Week, an expansion of the successful AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting. With the traditional two and a half days of scientific presentations and an addition of one day of clinical and surgical workshops, PFD Week 2015 is the go-to meeting for healthcare professionals interested in or actively practicing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
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AUGS Weekly Poll
In order to increase the knowledge and understanding of the growing AUGS membership, AUGS created the AUGS Weekly Poll. This poll, circulated in FPMRS News, will help AUGS collect information from the membership on a variety of topics. The poll will also feature clinical questions to help members benchmark themselves with their peers. The weekly poll will allow AUGS to receive feedback that will be used by staff as well as volunteer leaders from AUGS committees and SIGs to make decisions that will benefit the membership.

Question: Which source do you primarily rely on for treatments guides and best practices?


Click here to see the results of last week's poll.

Do you have an idea for a poll question? Email your question to to be reviewed by the AUGS Membership Committee.

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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.


Modifier — Sub-modifiers
For 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established four new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) modifiers that define subsets of modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service). Currently, providers use 59 modifier to indicate that a procedure code represents a service that is separate and distinct from another service with which that code would usually be considered to be bundled. CMS believes that because modifier 59 is defined for use in a wide variety of circumstances, such as:
  • different encounters,
  • different anatomic sites, and
  • distinct services,
  • Use of this newly created subset of modifiers will provide more precise coding when circumstances requiring the use of modifier 59 are present. Use of the subset modifiers should also help to eliminate incorrect usage of modifier 59 and resulting incorrect payment. The following are the new modifiers:
  • XE (Separate Encounter) — Service Occurred During A Separate Encounter
  • XS (Separate Structure) — Service Was Performed On A Separate Organ/Structure
  • XP (Separate Practitioner) — Service Was Performed By A Different Practitioner
  • XU (Unusual Non-Overlapping Service) — Service Does Not Overlap Usual Components Of The Main Service

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    An integrative review and severity classification of complications related to pessary use in the treatment of female pelvic organ prolapse
    Canadian Urological Association Journal
    Pessary use is the preferred non-surgical treatment option for female pelvic organ prolapse. As pessaries can be used chronically to alter pelvic floor anatomy, consideration of short-and long-term complications is important in patient management. We systematically reviewed articles describing the complications of pessary use to determine frequency and severity.
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    Non-drug, non-surgical treatment for OAB
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    Sacrospinous hysteropexy versus vaginal hysterectomy with suspension of the uterosacral ligaments in women with uterine prolapse stage 2 or higher
    Pelvic organ prolapse is a common health problem. The prevalence of such prolapse is as much as 40 percent in women aged more than 45 years, with millions of women affected worldwide, and the incidence is still rising as a result of aging populations and increasing obesity rates. Pelvic organ prolapse has a negative influence on women's quality of life and is associated with physical, psychological and sexual problems.
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    Urethral complications after tension-free vaginal tape procedures: A surgical management case series
    World Journal of Nephrology
    Stress urinary incontinence is a significant and common problem in women. SUI is defined as an involuntary leakage of urine on effort, straining, or coughing. Some of the potential causes of SUI include childbirth, older age, obesity, chronic bronchitis, and chronic constipation. Although relatively mild, symptoms often have a negative effect on the patient quality of life in terms of physical and social well-being.
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    Postoperative ureteral obstruction after endoscopic treatment for vesicoureteral reflux
    Korean Journal of Urology
    Vesicoureteral reflux is present in about 1 percent of healthy children and in 30 percent to 50 percent of children with symptomatic urinary tract infections. Treatments for VUR can be classified into four types: observation, antibiotic prophylaxis, open surgery, and endoscopic treatment. The endoscopic treatment of VUR was first introduced in 1981 by Matouschek with the use of polytetrafluoroethylene. Recently, endoscopic treatment of VUR has gained widespread popularity and has become an alternative to ureteral reimplantation.
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    Psychometric properties of the incontinence utility index among patients with idiopathic overactive bladder
    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
    Overactive bladder is a prevalent and burdensome condition. Generic utility measures may fail to reflect its full impact on patients' health status. The Incontinence Utility Index is a community-based preference index derived from the Incontinence Quality of Life Questionnaire developed to value health states related to urinary symptoms in patients with neurogenic detrusor overactivity. This study assessed the measurement properties of the IUI in patients with idiopathic overactive bladder.
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    Positional pelvic organ prolapse evaluation using open, weight-bearing magnetic resonance imaging
    Canadian Urological Association Journal via PubMed Central
    Magnetic resonance imaging of patients with pelvic organ prolapse is completed in the supine position. Open magnetic resonance imaging uses vertical magnets, allowing imaging in a variety of upright postures. This pilot study used MRO to evaluate the change of prolapse in different positions compared to non-prolapsed images.
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    Study: Surgery likely to help women with overactive bladder
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Although it is relatively common in adult women, loss of bladder control is a serious situation to those who experience it most frequently and go to their doctors for help. In addition to exercises that improve the pelvic floor muscles, there are drug and surgical options.
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