Tissue-based PCa assays not robust to multifocalityTissue-based prognostic biomarker assays for prostate cancer are not robust to tumor multifocality and heterogeneity, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago.
Study: Active surveillance uptake remains lowThe overall use of active surveillance in men with low-risk prostate cancer is 14.2%, according to an examination of the National Cancer Data Base.
Robotic radical nephrectomy sees steady increase in use"In the end, it is up to the surgeons who wish to continue to perform these robotic procedure to demonstrate their cost-effectiveness," writes Badar M. Mian, MD.
EHR survey: Urologists’ usage, satisfaction revealed"This survey adds to the growing body of evidence that a significant percentage of physicians, including urologists, continue to see shortcomings in their EHRs," writes Robert A. Dowling, MD.
UT survey results: A cautionary tale“If nearly three-fourths of currently practicing urologists become fed up with practice and leave the field, how will we meet patient demand?” asks Jeffrey Kaufman, MD.
Medicare final rule: Urologists’ pay set to decrease (again)In this article, we provide a summary of CPT changes for 2018, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, and the final rule for the Quality Payment Program.
Financial planning: Your year-end ‘to do’ list"The potential GOP tax bill makes it difficult to know exactly how the landscape will look in 2018... nevertheless, there are some items you can take care of before the end of the year that can impact your 2017 taxes and overall financial plan," write Jeff Witz, CFP, and David Zemon.
Bill would lift Stark barriers to APMsNew legislation to modify the Stark antitrust law to remove barriers so independent physicians can take advantage of advanced payment model opportunities provided to accountable care organizations in the Affordable Care Act has been introduced with the backing of the major organizations representing urology.
Urethroplasty delay results in more complex repairDelay to urethroplasty for bulbar urethral strictures is associated with repetitive interventions, stricture lengthening, and more complex repairs that have a greater risk for failure, while scheduling-related delay to reconstruction exposes men to risk for stricture-related complications, according to separate studies presented at the AUA annual meeting in Boston.
Opioid abuse: How it is impacting men’s health"There are direct endocrine consequences of opioid use, including hypogonadism, that adversely impact men’s health," write Michael S. Leapman, MD, and Steven A. Kaplan, MD.