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    AUA '17 puts emphasis squarely on 'value'

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


    Epidemiologic Trends/Quality, Patient Safety

    J. Stuart Wolf, Jr., MDDr. WolfNew findings about telemedicine, urologists’ role in quality improvement efforts, and the success (or lack thereof) of quality reporting programs are key topics to watch for in the poster and podium sessions on General Epidemiologic Trends/Value, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, according to J. Stuart Wolf, MD, professor of urology at The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin.

    Regarding these themes, Dr. Wolf said: “Telehealth, which is becoming increasingly supported at the regulatory level, has great potential to improve the cost-effectiveness of health care. Systematically engaging urologists in quality improvement efforts aimed at reducing cost and/or improving processes of care has demonstrated positive effects. Some federal quality reporting programs are effective and some are not.”

    Specific abstracts will examine the cost-effectiveness of telehealth in the evaluation of hematuria, patients’ opinion of the United Kingdom’s “Consultant Outcome Publication” regarding individual surgeons’ outcomes, the relationship between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ new Hospital Compare ranking system and outcomes after major urologic cancer surgery, whether individualized physician feedback improves adherence to a value-based care pathway, and the effect of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program on targeted and non-targeted surgical conditions.

    Here are the abstracts to watch for in this area, according to Dr. Wolf:

    MP32-19: Cost analysis for initial evaluation of hematuria: impact of tele-urology clinics

    Vitaly Zholudev


    MP96-13: Consultant outcome publication: patients’ opinions of a new mandatory health policy

    Marc Williams


    PD14-02: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) hospital compare star rankings and short-term outcomes after major urological cancer surgery

    Deborah R. Kaye


    PD32-10: Data feedback affords modest effect in driving physician behavior toward value-based care for BPH surgery

    Alan L. Kaplan


    PD32-12: Understanding the effect of the hospital readmission reduction program on surgical readmissions

    Tudor Borza

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


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