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AUA Announces 2014 PMN Innovations Award Winner

Karen Evison, R.N., M.S. receives PMN Innovations Award on behalf of Iowa Clinic P.C. for the innovative, “Be a Man, Go to the Doctor” campaign at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando.

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AUA Releases New Clinical Practice Guidelines on Urotrauma, Stones and Cryptorchidism; Amendments Accepted for Overactive Bladder, Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

The American Urological Association has published three new clinical practice guidelines on the topics of Urotrauma, Medical Management of Kidney Stones and the Evaluation and Treatment of Cryptorchidism.  In addition, the AUA has also amended two existing guidelines per its Update Literature Review Process.

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The Value of a Census to the Practice of Urology

The AUA Census is an important new initiative that will acquire data to help advance our knowledge of medical practice patterns in urology, provide important workforce information, and support informed decision-making. The findings will also identify cross-sectional and longitudinal variations across the specialty nationally and internationally. Census results will be published in an annual report, The State of Urological Practice and Profession in the United States, to be released at the end of this year. Participants who are AUA members will receive a complimentary copy of this report.

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Government Relations

Specialty Medicine Supports Congressman Fleming, MD, Congressman John Barrow

May events in Washington support lawmakers aligned with goals for specialty medicine.

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Science & Quality

PQRS by the Numbers

2012 PQRS performance data is now available.  Check out how urology did.

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Updated AUA Guidelines-At-A-Glance App Released at Annual Meeting 2014

Have your downloaded the AUA Guidelines-at-a-Glance Smartphone app?  Do you have AUA’s newest clinical practice guidelines available at your fingertips?  Are you receiving this essential educational benefit from this innovative, evidence-based quality educational opportunity?

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FDA Announces New Supplement Alert

Notify your patients about new FDA-issued safety alerts concerning urological products.

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Regulation & Reimbursement

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for Inpatient Hospital Services in 2015

The rule proposes to cut Medicare payment by $241 million, create new payment policies for short inpatient hospital stays, reinforce ICD-10 conversion deadline, and require hospitals to disclose charge amounts.

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Practice Management & Coding

For the Record: Understanding Incentives for 2015 Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

Eligible professionals facing the 1 percent Meaningful Use Medicare payment adjustment in 2015 still have available avoidance options

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