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    Midurethral Slings: A Treatment Worth Protecting
    Blog: President's Perspective (2015-2016) | Posted By: Douglass S. Hale, M.D. | Released: March 4, 2016, 7:21 am

    Dear AUGS Members, The FDA had readied us for issues with vaginal mesh in their 2008 and 2011 Safety Statements. However, what we didn’t anticipate was how unpredictable juries would respond to trials involving sling law suits. 

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    Establishing Reimbursement Amounts for Procedures, It’s in Your Hands!
    Blog: President's Perspective (2015-2016) | Posted By: Douglass S. Hale, M.D. | Released: February 22, 2016, 2:07 pm

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is continually evaluating the amount of reimbursement for procedures.

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    AUGS’ Strategic Vision and Plan for 2016 and Beyond
    Blog: President's Perspective (2015-2016) | Posted By: Douglass S. Hale, M.D. | Released: February 4, 2016, 9:43 am

    The Board of Directors has been busy following PFD Week 2015 laying the groundwork for 2016 and beyond. The Board’s responsibility is to align the strategic plan with our mission statement and this type of planning requires what is referred to as the 30,000 foot view.

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    FDA Up Classification of Mesh Announced: Resources for You and Your Patients
    Blog: President's Perspective (2015-2016) | Posted By: Douglass S. Hale, M.D. | Released: January 6, 2016, 2:47 pm

    On Monday the FDA announced that transvaginal mesh implants for pelvic organ prolapse were being moved from Class II devices (generally moderate risk devices) to Class III devices (generally high risk devices)

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    Recent Patient Awareness Articles of Interest
    Blog: President's Perspective (2015-2016) | Posted By: Douglass S. Hale, M.D. | Released: December 23, 2015, 1:59 pm

    Despite AUGS being formed in 1979, patient awareness about pelvic floor disorders or their willingness to discuss it with their health care provider can remain a frustratingly rare occurrence. 

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