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    The AUA is hosting its third Quality Improvement Summit Oct. 21, 2017, focused on “Challenges and Opportunities for Stewardship of Urological Imaging.”

    “The agenda will include didactic presentations and panel discussions focusing on the evolving landscape of practical opportunities to pursue QI in this important area,” according to Matthew Nielsen, MD, a member of the AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, who is chairing the upcoming summit. “The concept of stewardship—the careful and responsible management of a valuable resource—has been well-established in the QI arena by the decades-long efforts toward stewardship of antimicrobial medications. Similar principles are emerging in physician-led efforts to address concerns of overuse and potentially avoidable harms from advanced imaging services.”

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    The urology community, according to Dr. Nielsen, has been visibly engaged in this space, with several of the AUA’s Choosing Wisely recommendations addressing imaging-related questions, as well as successful efforts from MUSIC and other groups to reduce potentially avoidable imaging in prostate cancer.

    “Recent related activities led by colleagues in the emergency medicine and radiology communities provide additional opportunities for urologists to collaborate and improve the quality and safety of imaging for the large population of patients with stone disease,” he said. “It’s important for urologists to learn about what our colleagues are doing and learn about ways that we can work together. That will be a big focus of the meeting.

    “Another critical part of the meeting is going to be providing urologists with practical tools that they can bring home to their practices and institutions to engage in specific quality improvement projects around enhancing value and reducing harms from CT scan.”

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    Lisette Hilton
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