APPs play multifaceted role as urology team members
In this interview, Jim Kovarik, PA-C, discusses the role of advanced-practice providers in a urology practice, how they are trained, and what procedures they can and should perform.
Undetected kidney tumor leads to lawsuit
"The plaintiff claimed the decedent’s cancer should have been diagnosed by the original urologist at least 3 years before the actual diagnosis, and claimed that timely diagnosis and treatment would have prevented the spread of the cancer," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.
75% of urologic surgery patients have unused opioids
Current prescribing practices after urologic procedures may be leading to a substantial oversupply of opioids in the community, amounting to millions of unused pills every year, results of a recent survey suggest.
High-risk prostate Ca: New study sheds light on RP vs. RT
Surgery was associated with improved cancer-specific and overall mortality compared with radiation therapy, according to a recent study.
Endoscopic robotic platforms: What the future holds
This article highlights some of the emerging endoscopic robotic systems in urology.
Gender disparities in bladder cancer management
Poor outcomes in women may stem from diagnostic, therapeutic, and biologic factors.
Some urology RVUs do not track with complexity, outcomes
While the relative value units associated with urologic procedures are generally in line with the surgical complexity and outcomes associated with them, there are four outliers that may warrant a closer look, results of a recent investigation show.
Findings question validity of large PCa trial
According to the updated report from the Prostate Cancer Intervention versus Observation Trial (PIVOT), radical prostatectomy had no significant benefit over observation for reducing mortality among men with clinically localized disease.
How to get reimbursed when using –22 modifier
"If you are hoping to be paid more with the –22 modifier, make sure you are committed to both the documentation and the follow-up," write Ray Painter, MD, and Mark Painter.
Cybersecurity: How to safeguard your practice against threats
HHS toolkit outlines basic practices to combat phishing, ransomware attacks.
2019 ‘to-do list’: Reduce debt, contribute to retirement plans
Include disability insurance and estate planning on your financial checklist for this year, advises Jeff Witz, CFP.
Tools urologists need to thrive in a value-based world
Practices must embark on a journey that goes beyond new technology.
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