Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Urology for June 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency
FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement, according to an article published in Dermatology Times.
AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training
FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into their curricula.
Enzalutamide Improves Outcomes for Aggressive Prostate Cancer
THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Enzalutamide treatment can significantly lower risk of metastasis or death in men with rapidly advancing, castration-resistant prostate cancer, according to a phase 3 study published online June 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction
THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients, according to a report published by Black Book Market Research LLC.
AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism
TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new ethical guidelines on medical tourism to help physicians understand their responsibilities when interacting with patients who seek or have received medical care outside the United States.
Authors Explore Overdiagnosis in Cancer Screening
TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recommendations for defining, estimating, and communicating overdiagnosis in cancer screening are discussed in a special article published online June 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Study Compares Treatment Options for T1a Renal Cancer
TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Percutaneous ablation (PA) is associated with oncologic outcomes that are similar to those of radical nephrectomy (RN) and may be associated with fewer complications than nephron-sparing partial nephrectomy (PN) for patients with stage T1a renal cell carcinoma (RCC), according to a study published online June 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
In Cancer Patients, PTSD May Increase Symptom Burden
TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among hospitalized patients with cancer are associated with a greater psychological and physical symptom burden as well as a decreased risk of hospital readmissions, according to a study published online June 15 in Cancer.
AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency
MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis.
Effect of Shock Wave Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction Wanes
FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Low-intensity shock wave treatment is effective for short-term treatment of erectile dysfunction, but its efficacy declines after two years, particularly in those with initial severe dysfunction, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Gender Difference in Survival Seen After Radical Cystectomy
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Compared with males, females who undergo radical cystectomy for bladder cancer have worse disease-free, cancer-specific, and overall survival, according to a review published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
Considerable Costs Associated With Switching EHR
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Switching electronic health record (EHR) systems can result in increased efficiency and productivity gains, but there are significant costs associated with the switch, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a policy aimed at improving physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide.
How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?
TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Data breaches affecting health care systems or their partners need to be addressed quickly, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Erectile Dysfunction Independently Tied to CV Events
MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Erectile dysfunction (ED) is independently associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a research letter published online June 11 in Circulation.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Side Effects Linked to Distress
FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For prostate cancer survivors, dysfunction due to treatment side effects has a bidirectional association with emotional distress, according to a study published in the June issue of The Journal of Urology.
Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research published in the June 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
CDC: Office-Based Physician Visit Rates Vary by Patient Age, Sex
TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is considerable variation in office-based physician visit rates by patient age and sex, according to a June data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
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