The American Urological Association (AUA) has named Thomas H. Rechtschaffen, MD, FACS as its 2016-2017 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar. This program is designed to train the next generation of urologists for leadership positions in health policy. The selection process is highly competitive. To read about Dr. Rechtschaffen and the appointment, click here.
Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY) and Advanced Colon & Rectal Surgery Centers of New York (ACRSCNY), divisions of Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC, have introduced a new service to help patients seamlessly access urology and colorectal physicians via online scheduling. The service, powered by digital health marketplace ZocDoc, is an extension of the leading edge healthcare experience that AUCNY and ACRSCNY physicians provide to all of their patients. To read more, click here.
Prostate cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed solid tumor in men-an estimated 221,000 men will be diagnosed this year. While in certain cases, prostate cancer is an indolent disease, it is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men; nearly 28,000 will lose their lives to the disease this year alone. Learn about this silent killer here.
Ladies, if you leak when you cough, laugh or exercise you’ll want to read Dr. Kapoor’s helpful tips in the November issue of Shape Magazine. Click on the PDF to learn about easy ways to combat this awkward issue.
Upcoming changes in reimbursement provide an opportunity for specialty practices such as urology. Dr. Kapoor talks about the importance of being a value provider of services in “Urology Times.” Read the article here.
In an annual effort to create prostate cancer awareness and reinforce the message that early detection saves lives, several organizations team up to share in this important campaign. Using a long known “back to school” reminder, it is our hope that the men that we love will have their prostate cancer screening as soon as the children return to school. Learn about the promotion.
Newsday released their printed issue of Long Island’s “2015 Top Doctors.” If you missed it, please click here to see our full page ad in that magazine.
Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY) is pleased to announce that Magnetic Resonance (MR)/Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy is available for patients at risk for prostate cancer. This new system is rapidly becoming the standard of care for precision prostate biopsies. Learn more by clicking here to read the article on-line, or if you prefer, the article is available as a PDF here.
When the USPSTF issued its recommendation against PSA testing, urologists nationwide, myself included, warned about the possible public health repercussions that could ensue, says Dr. Kapoor. Find out what the concern is all about. Click here.
Prostate cancer screening is more individualized than a one size fits all approach. In a New York Times OpEd, Deepak A. Kapoor, MD speaks about improvements in prostate cancer screening technology which benefits all men. With the use of PSA derivatives in conjunction with other markers, doctors are able to get a clearer picture of who does and does not require further testing.
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Urologists have found glaring omissions to an online article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which supported repeal of the in-office ancillary services exception (IOASE). Dr. Kapoor weighs in on the issue. To read the PDF, click here. Should you prefer to read the article on-line, click here.
Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor talks candidly about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Important, need-to know info!
The United States Senate voted 92-8 to repeal the deeply flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. “This bipartisan effort to repeal the failed SGR is an important step in preserving patient access to critical physician services and technologies,” said Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, LUGPA Chairman of Health Policy. Click here for more information.
Studies are showing that 73% of individuals between the ages of 57-64 are participating in sexual relationships. At any age, sexual relations can be challenging due to health and emotional factors. Adding health issues which can come with aging exacerbates the problems. Dr. Kapoor provides important information on diagnoses affecting aging and intimacy. Click here to learn more.
For the first time in over a decade, Congress is cooperating on a bipartisan basis to fix Medicare payments.
As a result of a deeply flawed provision known as the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR), on April 1st of this year, Medicare will slash payments by 24% – virtually every expert on healthcare agrees that this will devastate our senior’s access to vital medical services. In the past, rather than dealing with the cause of the problem, partisan bickering has resulted in 17 temporary “patches.” This may happen again if enough legislators do not vote to fix this provision.
On Thursday, the US House of Representatives will vote on a bill that will permanently repeal and replace the flawed SGR formula with a common-sense approach that will encourage high quality care, eliminate redundant bureaucracy and streamline onerous regulations all while preserving access to services.
Although there is broad bipartisan support for this bill, passage is far from certain. There are pockets of resistance from extremists on both sides of the aisle. Your representative needs to hear from you – numbers count, and every phone call they get in favor of this bill is a step closer to our goal.
Please call your Congressional representative (http://bit.ly/1cMKDPM) urging her/him to support the legislation that repeals and replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare payments.
LUGPA’s chairman of health policy, Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor states “If the goal is to manage health care expenditures and reward quality instead of volume, eliminating the most efficient site of service simply makes no sense.” Click here to learn the reasons Dr. Kapoor and LUGPA feel that President Obama’s 2016 federal budget will increase health care costs.
Truths about prostate cancer and advances in treatment were discussed by Deepak A. Kapoor, MD with Pat Farnach in an interview on WCBS-880AM radio Health and Well-Being Report. Listen to learn all the facts.
In our ongoing commitment to providing quality medical care to our patients, we have added two additional highly skilled physicians to our practice. Aaron Hagge-Greenberg, MD has joined our White Plains Maple Avenue division, and Steven M. Harris, MD, FACS is treating patients in our Rockville Centre, Long Beach and Valley Stream offices. To read about our new doctors, click here.
Prostate health is an important issue. Dr. Deepak Kapoor discusses prostate issues and treatment options in Newsday. Download the PDF here.
Deepak A. Kapoor, MD talks about the huge amount of data missing from the recent CMS payment data dump leading many to jump to incorrect conclusions. The information provided to the public by CMS was much too little and incomplete. Click here to read full article.
Drs. Elliot Paul, Thomas Rechtschaffen and Marc Schumer of AUCNY have been selected by various committees of the American Urological Association (AUA). To read more, download the PDF.
Dr. Carl A. Olsson has been selected to be the Editor of the new journal being launched by the American Urological Association (AUA) called Urology Practice. To read more, download the PDF.
Advanced Urology Centers has a new location in Manhasset which will be led by 5 physicians. To read about the new physicians, please click here for the PDF.
Over 1.8 million dollars has been donated to a prostate cancer research fund by generous taxpayers in the past 8 years. Unfortunately, the researchers have not received any of it. Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor addresses this issue. To read the article, please click here.
Integrated Medical Professionals doctors, Ann E. Anderson, MD and Michael M. Ziegelbaum, MD, FACS are attending a medical mission in Haiti to provide medical care and create sustainable solutions for the area. To read about the mission, click here for the PDF.
Michael M. Ziegelbaum, MD, FACS, Board Certified Urologist at Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States, has been elected as an At-Large Member of the North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) Medical Staff Society. Please click here for the details.
Dr. Eric Hochberg of AUCNY-Glen Cove is working to save the in-patient beds at North Shore University LIJ Hospital in Glen Cove. The closure would be a big loss for the community. Click here to read the Newsday article.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has shown his support in response to IMP’s prostate cancer awareness campaigns. He issued a Proclamation stating that September 2013 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This proclamation and the Government support will help save thousands of lives each year. To see the proclamation, click here.
An analysis of data from a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report explains why there is no health policy advantage to limiting where patients can choose to receive radiation oncology services for prostate cancer, according to the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA), which conducted the analysis. To read more, please click on the link or PDF. Read Article.
In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 17 members of the Physician’s Caucus expressed their support for the in-office ancillary services exception (IOASE) to federal self-referral regulations (the Stark law), which permits physician practices to provide critical services including radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, pathology and physical therapy in an integrated and coordinated fashion within their respective practices. “Providing comprehensive services to patients through integration of ancillary services improves communications between physicians of different specialties, and will lead to improved quality care at reduced costs”, said Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor. To read the article, please click here.
Urologists refuted the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) flawed and misleading study on the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of prostate cancer. To read the story, please click here.
Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor discusses why repealing the in-office ancillary services exception would devastate prostate cancer victims receiving intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments. Clearly, it makes no sense to close the in-office, more affordable treatment sites in favor of more expensive ones (hospitals). To read the OP ED, please click here. Download the PDF.
Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC (IMP) – a multi-specialty practice that includes Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY) and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York (ARC), the largest independent provider of urological and radiation oncology services in the United States, is adding Xofigo® (radium Ra 223 dichloride) from Bayer HealthCare to its list of treatment options for patients suffering with advanced prostate cancer. Click here to read more.
Dr. Eric Mitchnick was interviewed by Newsday about prostate cancer. The article appeared in the June 4th Healthlink section of Newsday. Click here to read the article.
Deepak A. Kapoor, MD and colleagues analyzed prostate biopsy pathology data from 2005 to 2011. Results showed that positive prostate biopsies increased. Please click on the following link to read the story. Read full article.
The Gala recognized Dr. Peller, an AUCNY physician and Medical Staff President at St. Joseph Hospital, for his support, dedication and service to the hospital. “Ensuring that my patients receive high quality care is always my number one priority, and I am proud to be a part of organizations like St. Joseph and AUCNY that allow me to do just that” said Dr. Peller. Download the PDF here.
Dr. Marc Schumer, AUCNY- Amityville tells Newsday that overactive bladder is “a very treatable condition that people shouldn’t have to suffer with.” Many medical conditions can contribute to this diagnosis, so Schumer says “Give a very true and accurate explanation to your doctor about the severity, the timing of it and what factors make it worse. To read about the symptoms and treatments for overactive bladder, click here to read the article.
Dr. Deepak Kapoor was recently interviewed on Hilary Topper’s blog talk radio. Want to hear it? Click here to listen.
Three new doctors have joined Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States. Richard V. Musto, MD; Manuel E. Grinberg, MD; and Michael W. Kleeman, DO will lead three new AUCNY locations in Port Jefferson, East Patchogue, and Riverhead. To learn more, please click here.
There’s plenty of uncertainty regarding payments and the regulatory environment, putting many physician practices into cost-cutting mode. But one thing is certain: doctors are focusing on cutbacks that won’t turn patients away.
Integrated Medical Professionals has put a major focus on conducting patient satisfaction surveys, collecting close to 40,000 responses. Read about the results here.
Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, president of the Large Urology Group Practice Association, chairman and CEO of Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC, discusses the greater exposure to high-quality healthcare that is provided by the integration of ancillary services into community urology practices. Read the story, and click here for the video.
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Dr. Deepak Kapoor on the Utilization of Prostate Biopsies
Published Online: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, president of the Large Urology Group Practice Association, chairman and CEO of Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC, discusses the implications of a large study looking at the detection of prostate cancer using prostate biopsies. Please click here to watch the video.
A vast new study supports the gold standard when it comes to prostate biopsies. According to officials presenting the news, boiling things down, there was no indication that doctors are doing anything except acting out of medical need and acting according to well established guidelines.
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Ross Bauer, MD of Ramsey NJ and Mark Chang, MD of Nyack, NY, became the newest Partners at Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC. Board Certified Urologists, Dr. Bauer and Dr. Chang are based at AUCNY – Rockland County, in West Nyack, New York. Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, Chairman and CEO of IMP says, “We are privileged to have Dr. Bauer and Dr. Chang as part of our prestigious team of the finest medical practitioners in the country.”
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Theodore Cohen, contributor to SeekingAlpha.com interviewed Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor about Dendreon’s Provenge, Johnson and Johnson’s Zytiga, and Medivation’s Xtandi. “In our practice we manage patients based on prospective clinical guidelines based best practice models developed from evidence-based medicine and national consensus clinical protocols” says Dr. Kapoor.
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A visit to the Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department was a life-saving one for the Riley family. Margaret Riley’s husband, Rob, was unaware that he had a life threatening urological infection when first admitted to the intensive care unit. Fortunately, the urologist who saw him that night was Marc A. Schumer, MD. There were difficult decisions to be made in the intensive care unit. Dr. Schumer actually listened to, and addressed our concerns. He was respectful to our family’s wishes says Margaret Riley.
On subsequent visits to the emergency room, Mrs. Riley was always reassured when she saw Dr. Schumer. Fortunately, Mr. Riley made a full recovery. “It seemed that Dr. Schumer was always there when we needed him” said Mrs. Reilly. Mrs. Riley was so thankful for the treatment received by Dr. Schumer that she nominated him as “Physician of the Quarter.'”
Dr. Marc A. Schumer was recognized as a Health Care Hero by Long Island Business News at their Health Care Heroes Awards breakfast held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Dr. Schumer was chosen for his work and dedication in the Amityville community.
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In recent years, many smaller urology practices have come together in medium- and large sized communities across the country to consolidate resources to address the needs of a growing number of patients, in light of regulatory changes and an expanding range of available therapies.
The Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA) was formed so these larger urology groups could meet and discuss challenges that lie ahead. To learn more about LUGPAs 2012 Annual Meeting, please click here to read the article.
Newsday featured Castle Connolly annual “Top Doctors” listing in Urology. Physicians are chosen through a rigorous screening process including a survey and research process, thorough vetting of doctors educational and professional experience and their special expertise. Final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The decision involves feedback from tens of thousands of top doctors and medical leadership in leading hospitals. We are pleased to congratulate 11 of AUCNY’s Urologists for being voted as Top Doctors.
To see our Urologists Chosen as Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, click here.
During the Yankees/Blue Jays game on September 20, 2012, Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor discussed the importance of prostate cancer screening with Ken Singleton. September is prostate cancer awareness month and a special time to raise awareness for this important issue.
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During the September 19th Yankees game, John Sterling and Susan Waldman interviewed Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor on WCBS radio. Dr. Kapoor speaks about how a blood test and simple exam can save lives. With early detection, the 10 year survival rate is almost 99%!
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While September is widely recognized as back to school time, it is also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month both nationally and in New York State. In New York State alone over 17,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. As children return to school, this is a great time to remind the men in your life to have a discussion with their doctor to determine if a prostate check-up is right for them.
Dr. Kapoor speaks about the importance of prostate check-ups. To listen, please click below.
Advanced Urology Centers of New York, Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, Integrated Medical Foundation, and Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein, Inc., are partnering together to raise awareness among families across the country of the importance of putting prostate cancer check-ups on the calendar for the men in their lives. September which for many families is back-to-school time for the kids is also prostate cancer awareness month. The collaborative group launched the Back to School: Wear Blue for the Men You Love initiative to create more public awareness about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer to save mens lives.
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To see the prostate cancer awareness video running on the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square, please click here
Dr. Carl A. Olsson, Chief Medical Officer, AUCNY, participated in a Twitter Chat coordinated by Chesapeake Urology which focused on prostate cancer awareness and education. Please click on the link below to read the tweets.
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Melville, New York September 4, 2012 – Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States, opened a new facility at 480 Hicksville Road, Bethpage, NY 11714. This new location will provide current and future patients with a state-of-the-art facility for comprehensive urological care.
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Meredith Marakovits discussed early detection and screening for prostate cancer with Ken Singleton during the Yankees/Rays game on June 6, 2012.
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Click the play button below to listen to Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor’s radio interview on men’s prostate health with John Sterling and Susan Waldman on WCBS radio which aired during the Yankees game on June 6th.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its final recommendation statement today instructing physicians to discourage asymptomatic men from receiving prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing as part of routine cancer screening. Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the country’s largest independent urology practice, adamantly disagrees and continues to speak out against this recommendation.
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Testicular Cancer is the most common solid tumor found in men under 40 years old. Today, more than 95% of those diagnosed with testicular cancer will survive.
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saying “All the evidence that we have shows that early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. Although our technologies today are incredible, there is always a benefit from treating a cancer in its very earliest stages, and I wholeheartedly recommend prostate cancer screening for this reason.”
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In addition, Dr. Nagar presented his abstract, “Gleason pattern 5 is frequently underdiagnosed on prostate needle-core biopsy” at the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting in Vancouver. The USCAP Meeting is the largest educational gathering of physician pathologists, sharing information was held in March 2012.
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On March 7, 2012, I interviewed Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, Chairman and CEO, Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC, or IMP. Dr. Kapoor is one of the youngest physicians to have been certified by the American Board of Urology and comes to IMP with more than 20 years of clinical and business experience. He received his B.S. magna cum laude from the Pennsylvania State University and his MD from Jefferson Medical College, in the Accelerated Five Year Honors Program. He completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center, after which he served as Assistant Professor of Urologic Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. His medical background is diverse with both laboratory and clinical experience, both in the academic and private sectors. Dr. Kapoor´s expertise includes basic science research in molecular biology as well as extensive experience in oncologic and reconstructive surgery.
Presently, Dr. Kapoor is president of the Large Urology Group Practice Association, Director and Immediate Past Chairman of Access to Integrated Cancer Care (an informal advocacy group representing the rights of patients to access integrated services of the highest quality), Chairman of SCRUBS RRG (the only national Urology-specific medical malpractice carrier), a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Urological Services (the largest lithotripsy partnership in the United States, where he also functions as chairman of the Finance Committee), and Founder and Past-President of the Integrated Medical Foundation. Prior to his tenure with IMP, Dr. Kapoor functioned as managing partner of Long Island Urological Associates, during which time LIUA enjoyed double digit growth in each year of his leadership despite declining medical reimbursements nationally.
IMP is a multi-specialty physician group comprising more than 100 physicians operating in the greater New York Metropolitan area. IMP’s model is to forward integrate surgical specialists at the point of patient contact with physicians that provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to those patients. IMP’s vision is to provide our patients with the highest level of care available, as measured by both clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.
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The Hilton in Melville hosted the 2012 Long Island Fight for Charity.
Several amateur boxers took one to the kisser Monday, all in the name of charity.
Hundreds of Long Islanders cheered on 17 local business leaders, both men and women, who trained, fundraised and put on their gloves to go toe-to-toe in the ninth annual Long Island Fight for Charity at the Hilton in Melville.
Jeff Cohen, Matthew Silver, and Jamie Austin started the Long Island Community Chest in 2001 to raise money to help individuals and families in need on Long Island. Since then, more than $700,000 has been distributed to a diverse list of Long Island Charities.
This year, the boxers were fighting for three charities: The Genesis School, which provides specialized program to people with autism, the Long Island Community Chest and the National Foundation for Human Potential.
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