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Bill Would Lift Stark Barriers to APMs

New legislation to modify the Stark antitrust law to remove barriers to independent physicians has been introduced. Deepak A. Kapoor, MD told Urology Times that the “30-year-old Stark Law self-referral prohibitions effectively block coordination of care by physicians. Stark was designed for fee-for-service, not value based care.” To read the article, click here.

Proposed Bill Targets Prostate Cancer Misdiagnoses

Legislation would authorize CMS to pay for backup DNA tests

Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, chairman and CEO, Integrated Medical Professionals, Melville, NY, told the Energy and Commerce Committee that a 2015 study found that misdiagnoses based on needle biopsies occurred in 2.5% of cases and would largely be eliminated if the backup DNA test became standard practice (J Urol 2015; 193:1170-7). The study concluded that at least 1.28% of those patients were actually cancer free.

Dr. Kapoor is health policy chair at LUGPA, which along with the AUA, the Men’s Health Network, the Prostate Health Education Network, and several other related groups have endorsed the legislation. Read about the bill and how it benefits patients here.

AUCNY Doctors Defend LUGPA APM

Did you watch Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor and Dr. Kathleen Latino defending the LUGPA APM proposal to the full PTAC committee? If you missed it, click here to watch.

Dr. Alexander Epelbaum Appointed President of the Medical Staff at St. Catherine of Siena

Dr. Alexander Epelbaum of Dix Hills, a urologist at Advanced Urology Centers of New York in Smithtown, has been appointed president of the medical staff at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown. See the Newsday article here.

A Bill to ‘Eliminate Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis’

More than 1 million prostate biopsies are performed in the U.S. each year. Provenance errors (i.e. switching and contamination) in prostate cancer diagnosis occurs at a rate of 1.28%. Deepak A. Kapoor, MD and colleagues feel that the DNA test ensures that a prostate cancer diagnosis is given to the correct person. The DNA test “definitely rules out” these errors, said Dr. Kapoor. To read more about the value of DNA tests, click here. click here.

Incentivizing the Lower-Cost Decision: LUGPA Believes It Knows How

A newly proposed urology-specific alternative payment model (APM) could save up to 37% on costs of care, partly by giving physicians incentives to pursue active surveillance (AS) rather than active intervention (AI), according to the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA). To read about the model, click here.

Safe Space: Can we really send humans to Mars and back in the near future? Very likely, experts say.

Carl A. Olsson, MD and colleagues have been researching gender differences in osteoporosis and fertility, as well as issues of the genitourinary tract (which includes the reproductive organs and the urinary system) during prolonged missions in space. WebMD featured this fascinating interview. Click here to read the results of the study.

LUGPA Advocacy Targets Self-referral Laws, USPSTF Reform

Force (USPSTF) were outlined by LUGPA Health Policy Chair Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, during a health policy briefing at the LUGPA annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Kapoor outlined LUGPA’s efforts to influence the final rules involving the Quality Payment Program established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2018, and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment System.

To read more about the LUGPA Health reform, please click here.

Riccardo Ricciardi, MD accepted prostate cancer awareness proclamation

In recognition of the efforts in the fight against prostate cancer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz presented Riccardo Ricciardi, MD of AUCNY Bayside with a prostate cancer proclamation and declared October 19th prostate cancer awareness day in Queens.

Clinicians Embrace New Prostate Cancer Grading System

First described in a paper published 4 years ago, the new Gleason grade group system for the risk classification of prostate cancer (PCa) is now routinely included in PCa pathology reports and commonly used in counseling patients newly diagnosed with the malignancy. Dr. Elliot Paul shares his thoughts about the new system. Click here to read about it.

Advanced Urology Centers of New York Adds Two New Doctors

Drs. William Ulmer and Rajiv Saini joined Advanced Urology Centers of New York. Read about them in Long Island Business News.

Stay Vigilant About Prostate Cancer

We know how important it is to be screened for prostate cancer. Early detection saves lives.

More than 3 million men and their families are fighting the disease today. Deepak A. Kapoor, MD and an Advanced Urology Centers of New York patient discuss progress in prostate cancer treatments. If you didn’t read the story in the Anton Media newspapers, click here to learn about the advances click here.

Testimony Provided by Deepak A. Kapoor, MD for Resolution 1588-2017; Resolution Recognizing September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in New York City

Deepak A. Kapoor, MD provided testimony to the “Committee on Health” in Council Chambers at City Hall. His impassioned speech provided irrefutable support for the prostate cancer legislation recognizing September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in New York City.

 

 

Michael Ziegelbaum, MD, FACS Appointed President of LIJ Hospital Staff

Michael M. Ziegelbaum, MD, FACS of Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY) Lake Success was recently named President of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center Medical Staff. In this appointment, he will represent medical staff, serve as a bridge to administration and will also be the medical board secretary.

Suozzi Subject of “Probe”

Congressman Tom Suozzi underwent a routine prostate exam as part of an effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of getting checked. The screening was administered by Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), a non-profit organization which promotes awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. It entailed a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam administered by IMF Founding President Dr. Deepak Kapoor, M.D. of Advanced Urology Centers of New York. Read about the results here.

New Information About Prostate Cancer

Did you miss Deepak A. Kapoor, MD’s talk about prostate cancer on WBAB/WBLI radio’s “Plugged into Long Island” show with Al Levine on June 11th? Tune in now to hear the must know facts about prostate cancer.

Testosterone Therapy Offers Benefits and Risks

If you need answers about testosterone therapy and want to learn about the associated benefits and risks, read Dr. Kapoor’s interview in the HealthLink section of Newsday. Click here to read the article.

Weighted Gleason Grade Group: A New Prostate Cancer Biopsy Reporting System with Prognostic Potential

Drs. Carl A. Olsson and Deepak A. Kapoor teamed with colleagues from world renowned institutions to propose a new prostate cancer biopsy reporting system which has prognostic potential. To see the poster presented at the 2016 Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) Annual meeting, click here.

Deepak A. Kapoor, MD Weighs In on MACRA

Much has been written about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Dr. Deepak Kapoor said his group has “stayed ahead of the curve and is actually waiting for the regulations to catch up. We [implemented] protocols and mandatory clinical pathways in 2008, and we audit thousands of charts each month,” he said. Click here to read the interview.

Brett C. Mellinger, MD, FACS Abstract Accepted at SMSNA

The Sexual Medical Society of North America, Inc. (SMSNA) accepted Dr. Mellinger’s abstract on the complication and post-surgical infection rate in American Medical System’s inflatable penile prosthesis surgeries – a single surgeon study. The abstract was presented at the SMSNA Fall meeting in Scottsdale, AZ and can be seen by clicking here.