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AUA 2017: A small-town plumber’s 10 can’t-miss sessionsIn preparation for the AUA annual meeting in May, urologist Henry Rosevear, MD, shares the 10 sessions he’s looking forward to the most.
Circumcision requiring revision surgery prompts lawsuitOther cases discussed in this column include ureter damage during hysterectomy, failure to follow up on kidney mass, and incontinence following pelvic organ prolapse surgery.
AUA pursues revised priorities on Capitol HillHundreds of urologists visited Capitol Hill last month as part of the Joint Advocacy Conference, where they met with members of Congress on key issues affecting health care, urology, and urology practices. They did so at a historic time, as lawmakers sought to enact Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Repeat semen analyses not always necessaryFindings of a retrospective study investigating variability of semen parameters after repeat testing in adolescents with varicocele indicate that a second semen analysis is warranted only when the sperm concentration is initially abnormal.
Same-day outpatient anterior urethroplasty feasibleSingle-stage anterior urethroplasty is feasible and safe when performed as a same-day outpatient procedure, even for men requiring combined substitution repairs, said University of Pittsburgh Medical Center urologists at the 2016 AUA annual meeting in San Diego.
Working with APPs: Try it, you’ll like it"The nurse practitioner that I work with is not only very knowledgeable in office-based pediatric urology but also, for problems like voiding dysfunction, more available to spend extra time with patients and their families," writes Barry A. Kogan, MD.
Survey: Majority of APPs perform advanced proceduresAs the United States faces a urologist shortage, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will likely play an increasingly important role in the field of urology. Now, a new survey—the first of its kind—suggests that many of those in these positions are performing advanced procedures despite lacking postgraduate urologic training.
Telemedicine: Reimbursement in fee-for-service, quality modelsThe provision of health care via technology and without direct eye-to-eye and skin-to-skin contact is an area of growing interest in the U.S. It is also an area of great concern. One of the key conundrums surrounding telemedicine is the when, how, and what to pay for the service.
Value-based pay in 2017: Where does urology fit?Value-based payment models tend to fall into three general categories: shared savings programs, capitation models, and episode-of-care models. In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, reviews the current landscape of these payment models, including public and private-sector models that may serve as examples for urology.
How to prosper, survive during sky-high marketsWith the U.S. stock market reaching record highs, it’s important to know how to prepare for an eventual fall. Plus, tax credits may be available for tuition payers.
Biomarkers predict metastasis, biochemical recurrenceClinicians may soon be able to improve the risk stratification of men with prostate cancer with the help of a genomic classifier or a biopsy-based reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assay, according to the results of two studies presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL.
Novel assay may help identify prostate Bx candidatesA simple blood test that measures PSA structure rather than concentration may be more accurate than PSA in identifying men who need a prostate biopsy, according to the results of a study presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL.
Role of molecular biomarkers in localized prostate cancer
How concerned are you about radiation exposure?Urology Times reached out to four urologists (selected randomly) and asked them each the following question: How concerned are you about radiation exposure?