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    AUA '17 puts emphasis squarely on 'value'

    New era of value-based care permeates policy, clinical presentations


    Health Policy

    Jeffrey E. Kaufman, MDDr. KaufmanReviewing the wealth of presentations on health policy issues at this year’s meeting “is like giving an overview of the entire meeting agenda,” Dr. Kaufman said. “Issues ranging from quality metrics, cost considerations, outcomes, enhancing practice efficiency, coding and reimbursement, integrated use of APNs/PAs in practice, contracting, medicolegal concerns—even a discussion on enhancing creativity and developing intuitive abilities—are integrated into the program.”

    Of special interest, he said, are the Practice Management Course (separate registration required) that takes place Thursday and Friday at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel and several courses related to advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, including instructional courses on how best to integrate these providers into your practice. Other popular courses, reprised from prior years, include those on contract negotiation and an update on coding and reimbursement.

    “Several moderated posters address the increasing use of PAs in urologic surgery, use of scribes to facilitate EHR use, and quality of life and shared decision-making practices, in addition to others on value of care,” Dr. Kaufman said. “For those who feel the presentations can be overwhelming, there is even a discussion of international urologist burnout.”

    Richard R. Kerr
    Kerr is group content director for Urology Times.


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