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Change to Part B pay draws specialty ireSeveral medical societies, including the AUA and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, are urging congressional leaders to prevent CMS from applying MIPS adjustments to Part B drug payments.
2017 tax law: Here are the changes you can expectHere is a brief overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress.
Newer agent efficacious in non-metastatic castration-resistant PCaAdding apalutamide prior to metastases may benefit men with prostate cancer who are no longer responding to androgen deprivation therapy, according to new phase III study findings.
Chemo improves QoL in men with non-metastatic, metastatic PCaDocetaxel (Taxotere) appears to help improve overall quality of life and delay time for subsequent therapy in men with both non-metastatic and metastatic prostate cancer, according to a new analysis of STAMPEDE trial results.
PCa-specific mortality not affected by comorbidityComorbidity does not affect prostate cancer-specific mortality, according to authors of a large prospective observational study of men in Sweden, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2017; 35:3566-74).
Study: Monopolar TURP utilization on the declineAlthough monopolar transurethral resection of the prostate remains the standard of care for bladder outlet obstruction secondary to BPH, its utilization has decreased in recent years, according to a recent study.
[Quiz]: Abnormality seen in post-PCNL imagingA 42-year-old female undergoes right percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) for a complete staghorn calculus. As a routine after PCNL, a chest-x-ray was obtained using fluoroscopy. What abnormality is seen?
ADT+EBRT improves OS in men with post-RP LN metastases"While improving local control seems to be important, especially in those with high-risk features, it’s not clear whether adjuvant EBRT is necessarily better than early salvage EBRT," writes Badar M. Mian, MD.
Streamlined management of Peyronie’s diseaseIn this article, we describe our thought processes in treating patients with Peyronie's disease, which are summarized in an algorithm.
BMI predicts post-RP metastasis, prostate cancer mortalityBody mass index is an independent predictor of metastasis and prostate cancer mortality after radical prostatectomy, according to results from a large, long-term single-institution study.
It's time to declare war on costly billing mistakesIn this article, we review mistakes made throughout the billing, documentation, and coding processes and what you can do to prevent them.
‘BCG-unresponsive’ definition bolstered by studyPatients with bacillus Calmette-Guérin-unresponsive bladder cancer had worse clinical outcomes than patients who relapsed but did not meet BCG-unresponsive criteria, according to results of a retrospective analysis presented at the 2017 Society of Urologic Oncology annual meeting in Washington.
Four strategies to prevent sexual harassment in your practiceSexual harassment is common, costly, and transcends all professions and trades. In this article, I will describe some strategies to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Solving problem patientsRude and disrespectful patient behavior. Being late for appointments. And patients complaining about fees, co-pays, and more. These are some of urologists’ biggest gripes with patients, according to a single-question UrologyTimes.com poll conducted in December 2017.
When it’s time to part ways with a patientPhysicians legally may discharge a patient for any nondiscriminatory reason, but termination is not without pitfalls. Experts offer some tips on avoiding them.
Why your practice should consider team-based care"In the team-based care approach, every member of the care team should work to the highest level of their training and skill set," writes new Urology Times blogger Rick Rutherford, CMPE.
Congressional retirements promise to make waves"No matter the most accurate interpretation of the current spate of retirements, the volume of vacancies promises to alter the political calculus in Washington," writes the AACU's Brian Henderson.
Guideline-based medicine: A take-away from the AUA oral board examHenry Rosevear, MD, reflects on his recent experience as a faculty member at the AUA oral board exam.
Active surveillance linked with moderate anxietyMen undergoing active surveillance for prostate cancer experienced levels of anxiety that were moderate, but that decreased over time, according to results of a large, prospective cohort study presented at the 2017 Society of Urologic Oncology annual meeting in Washington.
Challenges remain for active surveillance in low-risk PCa“Active surveillance continues to gain traction as a management strategy for low-risk prostate cancer in the United States. However, barriers still exist and challenges remain for both the treating urologist and the patient,” writes J. Brantley Thrasher, MD.
General urologists less likely to utilize third-line OAB treatmentsGeneral urologists are less likely to utilize third-line interventions for overactive bladder than those with additional female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery training.
Guideline linked to reduction in urodynamics testingResearchers have reported an association with the release of the AUA/SUFU Adult Urodynamics Guideline and reduction of urodynamics performed for diagnosis of overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence, and mixed urinary incontinence.