April 2012
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 4

Recap: 2012 Joint Advocacy Conference

Those attending the 7thAnnual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC) in Washington, DC, March 4-6, 2012, were fortunate to attend what was arguably the best urology advocacy conference yet.

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Coding Corner:

Distinguishing between a New and Established Patient

Guidelines Corner: Understanding the Importance of Guidelines

The following article is the first of a two-part Q&A session on clinical practice guidelines, which will be followed by a monthly Guidelines Corner highlighting findings from the latest AUA guidelines. Questions are posed by Practice Guidelines Committee (PGC) Vice-Chair Deborah J. Lightner, MD, to highlight some of the central issues as they relate to clinical practice guidelines in urology today, and answers are provided by PGC Chair J. Stuart Wolf Jr., MD. 

Q: Why do we Need Guidelines?

A: There is simply too much medical information available today for a single practitioner, particularly one practicing general urology, to incorporate into a cohesive plan for patient care; therefore, the AUA develops guidelines to compile evidence on a single clinical topic which they can utilize for treating patient. Guidelines are more than just a compilation of data--they combine relevant information, with clinical judgment, to help AUA members deliver quality patient care. 

For The Record

The 2012 Urology Practice Management (PM) Conference, held at the beginning of the AUA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, will feature Rosemarie Nelson, a highly respected consultant who often speaks at this event about health information technology. 

HP Vice Chair Appointed to AHRQ Council

AUA Vice Chair David F. Penson, MD, MPH, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Penson will serve a three-year term on the Council, which is tasked with providing advice and recommendations to both the Director of AHRQ and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding priorities for a national health services research agenda.

For more information about the Council, click here