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Timothy Averch, MD

Timothy Averch, MD

Five Questions: AUA Quality Improvement Summit

In January 2014, the AUA held its first ever Quality Improvement (QI) Summit at the AUA headquarters in Baltimore. Attended by more than 65 urologists, residents and other healthcare professionals, the Summit focused on complications associated with transrectal ultrasound biopsies. To kick off our new "Five Questions" series, we recently sat down with AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee Vice Chair Dr. Timothy Averch, who developed and planned the Summit, to talk more about the event and its relevance to the urology community. read more


Mark T. Edney, MD, FACS

Mark T. Edney, MD, FACS

Why the Employed Urologist Needs to Stay Engaged

Increasingly, urologists are migrating from private practice to hospital employment. Employed models are also appearing more and more attractive to graduating residents. A leading driver of this trend is the suffocation of private practice by increasingly expensive, time-consuming federal regulatory requirements. read more

Our Untapped Advocacy Potential

I want to express to the AUA community what an opportunity we as urologists have right now to help shape policy decisions in Washington. The last three months for me have included five days on Capitol Hill, largely in promotion of the urotrauma bill but also promoting urology's broader legislative agenda. read more


Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA

Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA

Innovation and Interaction: Shared Medical Appointments
 

There is a classic equation in the business of innovation:

VALUE OF INNOVATION
= (Quality + Service)
÷ Cost

So why is this so pertinent to urologists who read this? We chose this specialty for the innovation we recognized as medical students. You have heard much over the last several years about the Affordable Care Act. There is much fatigue over the worry and anxiety about this, and I urge you to look at this as a real opportunity to bring the innovative talent we all possess as urologists to the surface and apply real and strategic solutions to healthcare delivery. read more

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