Karen Nash
Karen Nash is a medical reporter and media consultant based in Monroeville, PA.
What are you telling patients about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation on prostate specific antigen-based screening?
Urologists generally use the recommendation as the basis of a frank discussion with patients.
Should urologic patients have direct access to lab results?
While most urologists are amenable to patients having direct access to test results, they say it does raise questions about the implementation of the rule regarding access and the extent of the information that is released.
Do you use a smartphone in your urology practice?
Urologists are still adjusting to using the new technology in their practices.
Do changing urology practice models mean changing politics?
After seeing physicians in Maine ask legislators to delay a bill limiting medical liability, speculation is that because doctors who have joined large groups or hospital practices have fewer concerns related to running a business—eg, meeting payroll, hiring staff, malpractice premiums, and meeting overhead—their priorities might be shifting.
Do urologists think that Medicare should be privatized?
Urologists want Medicare to be run efficiently and be easy for patients to navigate, regardless of whether it's run by the government or private industry.
Urologists: Entitlement cuts will curtail access to care
During the debate about increasing the debt ceiling, the targeting of entitlements in cuts came as little surprise to urologists.
Is the cost of new prostate cancer treatments a concern?
Urologists are acutely aware of the cost of prostate cancer treatments and how they may impact patients' lives.
Post-prostate biopsy infections bring concern, calls for standardization
Most of the urologists interviewed for this article say post-biopsy infection is something they are watching and that they are considering changes to their regimens to counter the problems that have been reported.
What challenges do obese urologic patients present, and how do you handle them?
Urologists say obese patients often have physical limits when it comes to surgery.
Do your patients go to urgent care clinics for urologic care?
Urologists say their accessibility to their patients negates the need for urgent care centers.