Program Topics and Speakers

(Updated September 29, 2012)

Intuitive Live Robotic Surgery Broadcast

Featuring Dr. James Porter, Seattle, WA performing
live surgical da Vinci Partial Nephrectomy with Fluorescence Imaging
Tuesday, October 9 at 2:30pm-4:30pm


Robert V. Day (Keynote) Lecture
Navy Seal – Gary Ryals

Presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 at approx. 10:30am.

When Lieutenant Commander Gary Ryals interviewed for UCLA Anderson School of Management’s executive MBA program in 2006, he did so on a secure phone line from his command center in Baghdad, Iraq.  During his first year in the program, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement during his 2005-2006 Iraq tour. While at Anderson, he emerged as a leadership mentor to his peers and was selected to be the class commencement speaker.  A decorated veteran with 18 years of service as a Navy SEAL, Ryals most recently returned from Afghanistan, where he led 21 combat missions as the Commander of the SEAL Task Force for Southern Afghanistan, served on the Afghan Provincial Governor’s Security Council, and earned a nomination for his second Bronze Star.  Ryals currently serves as the Executive Officer of SEAL Team One in Coronado, CA.  In addition, he recently established a consulting practice that provides training in team building and leadership development to individuals and corporations in the high tech and medical fields.
We look forward to an exciting and inspirational presentation in Hawaii.
DO NOT MISS THIS!! Spouse and Guests welcome!



Postgraduate Review & Examination Preparation Courses (PREP-C)
Monday, October 8, 2012

Director: Chris Porter, M.D., Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
 A Western Section AUA Program Especially for Residents and Physicians wanting:
• Preparation for the In-Service Exam
• Maintenance of Certification
• An Overall Didactic Urology Review
PREP Course#1: 7:45 AM
Female Pelvic Reconstruction
Course Director: Gamal Ghoniem, M.D. – University of California, Irvine
PREP Course#2: 7:45 AM
Update on AUA-Cancer Related Guidelines: Preparation for Certification
Course Director: Sam S. Chang, M.D. – Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
PREP Course#3: 10:00 AM
Male Infertility
Course Director: R. Dale McClure, M.D. – Virginia Mason Medical Clinic
PREP Course#4: 10:00 AM
Advanced Prostate Cancer
Course Director: Christopher Amling, M.D. – Oregon Health Sciences University


PREP Course#5: 7:00 AM – 11:00AM
X-Ray and Radiology for the Urology Practice
Course Director: Duane Baldwin, M.D. – Loma Linda University Medical Center
Detailed Schedule- click here

This activity is approved for 4 credits by the ASRT

California Physicians:
The X-Ray course is designed to provide credits to partially satisfy the California Department
of Public Health requirement for renewing permits and certificates in radiographic technology.
A total of 10 credits are needed every 2 years. A certificate of completion will be provided at the time of the course.
Other portions of the scientific sessions that are held during the meeting have also
been approved for credit by the ASRT:

Scientific Session: Bladder/Urethra/Testis – 2.5 credits
Scientific Session: Prostate 1 – 1.5 credits
Scientific Session: Calculi – 0.75 credits
Scientific Session: Kidney & Laparscopy – 2 credits
Scientific Session: Prostate 2 – 2.75 credits



Health Policy Forum and Practice Management Courses

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Program Directors:

Jeffrey E. Kaufman, M.D., Chairman, WSAUA Health Policy Committee, Past-President AACU & CUA
Eugene Y. Rhee, M.D., MBA, President, California Urological Association

The Supreme Court has spoken: the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.  Lest you hold the mistaken belief that politics don’t affect your practice of medicine, Washington has acted to dispel such notions.  Like it or not, electronic health records are all but mandatory, ICD-10 is coming and health care financing is rapidly changing.  This year’s Health Policy Forum is designed to help you understand and successfully adapt to these changes and prepare for the future.

Topics this year include insights on changes occurring to historic payment models, why this is occurring and predictions for the near future; detailed updates on coding, contracting and fee schedules; explanation of the Recovery Audit Contractor process, how to survive an audit and how to prevent one; updates on new and pending health care legislation; and tips for improving your use of electronic health records.

In this rapidly changing health care environment, the key to remaining successful and profitable is to stay current.  I look forward to seeing all of you at this year’s forum.
Jeffrey Kaufman MD, FACS

Preliminary Program Agenda

Morning Practice Management Courses – start at 7:00am
Moderated by Amani A. Abou-Zamzam, MBA

 Top 10 Actions for Urology Practices in 2013
Mark Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems

Managing Medicare in 2013 and Beyond
Art Lurvey, M.D., Medical Director J-1, Palmetto GBA

EHR Meaningful Use and Best Practice plus Vendor Checklist
Doug Chinn, M.D., CUA Past-President


Health Policy Forum – 11:30am Lunch Service Begins

The 2012 Joint Advocacy Conference Experience
Eugene Rhee, M.D. & Matthew Cooperberg, M.D.

Lawrence W. Jones, M.D.

RAC ATTACK 2012 – Medicare Recovery Audit Contract
Jeffrey Kaufman, M.D., Chairman, Health Policy Committee

Relative Value Scale (RUC) &
AUA Coding and Reimbursement Update

Stephanie Stinchcombe, AUA Senior Specialist on Coding and Reimbursement

Accountable Care and Shared Savings Programs-
Where Do Urologists Fit in?
Aaron Spitz, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology
University of California, Irvine – Dept. of Urology

Panel Discussion: The Outlook For Medicine, 2-5 years

Jeffrey Kaufman, M.D.
Art Lurvey, M.D., Medical Director J-1, Palmetto GBA
Mark Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems
Aaron Spitz, M.D.
Doug Chinn, M.D.

Health Policy Survey Results
Eugene Rhee, M.D., CUA President

Closing Remarks & Evaluations



State of the Art Lectures

 Pelvic Floor Medicine, Tuesday, October 09, 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Point-Counter Point:
Synthetic Mesh Vs. Biologics in the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence.
Donna Deng, M.D. and Chris Twiss, M.D.
Pediatrics,Tuesday, October 09, 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
VUR Update: Role of Prophylactic Antibiotics Analysis of Current Literature
Kourosh Afshar, M.D.
Pediatrics, Tuesday, October 09, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Update on Imaging for VUR: What and How Often?
Steven Skoog, M.D.
Calculi, Wednesday, October 10, 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Update in Metabolic Stone Prevention – What’s New?
Mike M Nguyen, MD, MPH
Prostate 1, Wednesday, October 10, 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
The Safety of New Technology and the Example of Robotic Prostatectomy
J. Kelly Parsons, MD




2nd Annual Young Urologist Forum, Monday, Oct. 8

5:00 PM – Welcome Reception and Networking / 6:00 PM – Speaker

Featured guest speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman who will discuss such topics as:

  •   The AUA’s ferocious advocacy efforts on behalf of its members
  •   UROPAC
  •   AACU
  •   JAC Meeting
  •  Medicare issues
  •  AUA responses to USPSTF PSA recommendations, the mesh controversy, and the FDA black box warning on the 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.

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