"Patient care can continue in the office while the urologist is in the OR; APRNs and PAs can serve as a conduit for readying patients for surgery, and these providers can evaluate for potential complications post-surgery," writes SUNA's Amy Hull, MSN, WHNP-BC.
Health Policy Urology
The AUA is continuing its efforts to aggressively come to the defense of PSA screening, a simple test that has been under siege by federal government regulators who have essentially flunked it as a routine procedure for assessing prostate health.
In this interview, SUNA President Gwendolyn Hooper, PhD, APRN, discusses practical tips for prevention and management of incontinence in men treated for localized prostate cancer.
Two electronic Clinical Quality Measures will help urologists report on prostate and bladder cancer care.
Quality improvement programs address all aspects of care and care delivery. Here are a few programs that impact urology, all of which were presented at the AUA annual meeting in Boston.
Changes in health care have made quality improvement (QI) program participation more than a good idea. Today, QI activities are part of the alphabet soup of regulations impacting provider pay.
"Urology providers and caregivers can serve as the primary venue for positively impacting both the psychological and physical components of men’s health as men trust us with their most intimate and personal issues of life," writes SUNA President Gwendolyn Hooper, PhD, APRN.
As the Republican-led Congress wrestles with the daunting challenge of developing comprehensive health care legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, specialty organizations—including those representing urology—are working to influence the ultimate outcome.
"The health care field does not show any signs of slowing in pace or growth, and as many people view health care as a service, it is important to strive for an environment that is high in quality, care, support, and acceptance," writes SUNA's Amy Hull, MSN, WHNP-BC.