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Prostate Cancer Care Rebounding After COVID-19 Disruption

Routine and nonessential healthcare services came to a nearly complete halt in many places throughout the United States as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Hospitals and medical practices discontinued or substantially curtailed provision of all but the most necessary procedures. Fearing infection with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, many patients avoided contact with the healthcare system. Caseloads dropped precipitously across physician specialties.

Prior to the pandemic, urologists in the group performed around 1000 prostate biopsies a quarter, said urologist Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, the group’s chairman and chief executive officer. For a few months after the pandemic struck, the number of these biopsies plunged to only a few per week, he said. Dr. Kapoor provides additional insights about how the pandemic impacted urology practices. Read the story by using this article to learn more.

Today I Learned A Testicle Squeeze Can Kill A Man And Now I’m Afraid To Sit Down

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday afternoon, as I often do while trying to summon enough energy to get off the couch and crank out three or four pushups.

That’s when I spotted something that shook me to the core. No, it wasn’t another photo of Trump posing with a can of beans or anything like that. This was far worse.

It was a post suggesting that it was actually possible to die from squashed testicles. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been under any sort of illusion about this equipment we’re packing around being indestructible.

Dr. Deepak A. Kapoor, president of Advanced Urology Centers of New York, told Vice News much of the same a few years ago. “Heart attacks are the second-most common cause of death in the United States,” he said. “Heart attacks are often induced by stress, and there are probably not many things more stressful than having your testicles squeezed.”

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Integrated Medical Professionals Granted Three Year Accreditation from AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council

Integrated Medical Professionals has been granted a three-year renewal accreditation from the AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council in Urology. The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council commended Integrated Medical Professionals on its achievement and recognized the efforts taken to provide quality ultrasound.

Lee Equity, Integrated Medical Professionals And The Urology Group Form Solaris Health

Transaction creates one of the nation’s largest independent urological services providers NEW YORK (June 16, 2020) Private equity firm Lee Equity Partners announced today that New York-based Integrated Medical Professionals (IMP) and Cincinnati-based The Urology Group (TUG) have partnered to form Solaris Health, a management services organization. This unprecedented combination creates one of the nation’s largest independent providers of urological and other specialty services. Terms have not been disclosed. Solaris Health has been established to support growth in IMP and TUG, two industry-leading practices with strong patient satisfaction scores, and to pursue additional partnerships. The partnership aligns the skills and talents of over 150 providers who have upwards of 525,000 patient encounters a year at more than 60 sites in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The vision for Solaris Health is to build a national platform that attracts leading independent urological partners who are committed to providing quality and value in healthcare. Together, the physicians at Solaris Health can serve as an innovative disruptor in the field of urology at a scale which can transform urology care in America. Read the press release by using this link.

Virtual Medicine Soars as Pandemic Rages On

Healthcare systems and governments in the United States and much of world have had to take unprecedented emergency measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare providers have replaced office visits with telemedicine encounters and social distancing has become a key component to prevent person-to-person transmission. While discussing telemedicine visits with Renal & Urology News, Deepak A. Kapoor, MD said “Certainly, we can anticipate that for some patients there will be a great appetite to continue the [telemedicine] services,” Dr. Kapoor said. “Whether we can and will do so depends largely on behavioral changes in the patient population and guidance from regulatory bodies.” To read the entire interview, click on this link.

Urologists Join COVID-19 Pandemic Fight

Epidemiologists and disaster preparedness officials who have contemplated what could spark a public health crisis that overwhelms the nation’s healthcare system and causes widespread social disruption and economic upheaval now have at least one answer: a coronavirus that spreads easily and quickly and can cause severe respiratory distress and death. Urologists usually are not called upon to contain infectious disease epidemics, but the unprecedented events unfolding since January have prompted them to do their part to contain the spread of the virus. “For us, it is really about making sure that we’re able to safely keep our doors open and develop strategies to manage the surge [in COVID-19 patients] because the hospitals here are just simply overwhelmed,” Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, chairman and CEO of Integrated Medical Professionals, told Renal & Urology News. Dr. Kapoor said he has had conversations with administrators at different health systems regarding what his urology group can do to ease the burden on hospitals, such as sharing equipment, staff, and facility space. The mindset is to do “pretty much anything to help. It’s really all hands on deck here.” To read more about the ways that IMP and other urology practices are managing practices and assisting the hospitals, read the story by using this link.

LUGPA Focus on Telemedicine an Update on the CARES Act and Assistance for Physician Practices

April, 2020-


LUGPA on CARES Act and Assistance for Physician Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis

April, 2020-


Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield Reverses Course

May, 2019-


ESWL Reimbursement Slashed By 22%

May, 2019-


Exposure to CyberKnife Advertising is Associated with Over-Estimation of Objective Benefits Compared with other Prostate Cancer Treatments

May, 2019-


In NYC Subway, CyberKnife Prostate Cancer Ads Mislead

May, 2019-


Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield reverses decision to drop LI providers

May, 2019-


Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Exempt APMs From Stark Law Provisions

April, 2019-


Empire BlueCross BlueShield drops another provider from some plans

April, 2019-


NY Group Rethinks Physician Consolidation to Add Long-Term Value

April, 2019-


Health Insurers Now Cover Prostate Tests

February, 2019-


Organized urology has varied agenda for 2019

January, 2019-


Prostate Cancer Screening Law Gives Greater Access in 2019

January, 2019-


CMS Outpatient Rule Divides Opinion

December, 2018-


Letter: IMRT ownership study methodology unsound

December, 2018-


Histologic Changes in Prostate Cancer Detected Subsequent to the 2012 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation

November, 2018-


LUGPA backs CMS plan for site-neutral pay for services

November, 2018-


Congress Must Resist Hospitals’ Efforts Against Site-Neutral Payments

October, 2018-


New Treatment Options Reduce Fear of Advanced Prostate Cancer

September, 2018-


Gluten-Free Condoms Are Now Available, But Are They Really Necessary?

May, 2018-


Prostate Cancer Screening recommendations get rolled back by US Task Force

May, 2018-


Dr. Riccardo Ricciardi (AUCNY-Bayside) Designated a UroLift® Center of Excellence

April, 2018-


Bayside Urologist Dr. Riccardo Ricciardi Designated a UroLift® Center of Excellence

April, 2018-


Is PTAC on the Right Track? Some Say ‘No’
-Physician groups express frustration with HHS payment advisory committee

April, 2018-


Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign Viewed on NASDAQ Tower

April, 2018-


New urologist at Advanced Urology Centers New York’s (AUCNY) Rockland location

February, 2018-


How One Specialist’s Advanced Alternative Payment Model Can Serve as a Framework For Value-Based Cares

January, 2018-


Bill Would Lift Stark Barriers to APMs

January, 2018-


Proposed Bill Targets Prostate Cancer Misdiagnoses

January, 2018-


AUCNY Doctors Defend LUGPA APM

January, 2018-


John Rescigno, MD Joins Advanced Radiation Centers of New York in West Nyack

December, 2017-


ARC Docs Provide Cutting-Edge Radiation Treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital

December, 2017-


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

December, 2017-


A Bill to ‘Eliminate Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis’

December, 2017-


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

November, 2017-


Advanced Urology Centers of New York Adds Two New Doctors

October, 2017-


Stay Vigilant About Prostate Cancer

September, 2017-


Deepak A. Kapoor, MD Provides Testimony on Importance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September, 2017-


Learn About our Services in Our New ARC TV Spot

September, 2017-


Deepak A. Kapoor, MD Testifies to the House and Commerce Committee

August, 2017-


New Information About Prostate Cancer

June, 2017


Testosterone Therapy Offers Benefits and Risk

June, 2017


Sid Rosenberg Strongly Recommends ARC

January, 2017


Sid Rosenberg of WABC radio’s “Sid & Bernie” Show talks about AUCNY

January, 2017


Origins of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

January, 2017


LHRH Agonists and Antagonists in Prostate Cancer

January, 2017


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

December, 2016


Adapting to the New Value-Based Payment Models

December, 2016


Dr. Nicole Fleischmann Takes the Questions out of many Female Health Issues

November, 2016


Prostate Cancer Scare Makes Radio Show Host a True Believer

November, 2016


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