Stone patients are poorly adherent with medical prophylaxis New findings based on pharmacy claims data show just how adherent patients are to a thiazide, alkali citrate, and allopurinol. MET found safe, efficacious in pregnant stone patients July 01, 2015 By Mac Overmyer New study data suggest an answer to the problem of managing stones in pregnant women. Ultrasound stone repositioning facilitates passage July 01, 2015 By Mac Overmyer The first clinical trial of a novel ultrasound technology shows that it can safely reposition stones in situ to make them more amenable to natural passage and treatment. Best of AUA 2015: PCa surveillance, surgical controversies create buzz Urology Times’ “Best of AUA 2015” report provides a guide to the meeting’s take-home messages in 15 therapeutic areas—an information-packed, condensed summary of the top papers and presentations. Medical expulsive therapy ineffective for ureteral stones June 01, 2015 By Lisette Hilton A large, multicenter study “definitively demonstrates” the treatment’s infectiveness, one expert says. Is billing for stone prevention counseling possible? In this Coding Q&A column, the Painters discuss the tricky question of whether you can bill for stone prevention counseling, and also answer a question about whether you can bill two instillation codes (51700) for one appointment. Aortic calcification linked to heart disease in stone patients February 04, 2015 By Benjamin P. Saylor Blood vessel calcification may increase risk of heart disease in patients with recurrent kidney stones, according to a recent study. January 2015 New Products: Ultrasound system offers multiple features, high-resolution images January 02, 2015 By Annamarie Iannetta New products and services from Samsung Electronics America, Syneron Medical, American Medical Systems, New Star, Buffalo Filter, Cook Medical, Endo International, Trimel BioPharma Metamark, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Flexible URS found safe, effective in stones <2 cm Flexible ureteroscopy is a safe and highly effective approach for treating proximal ureteral stones measuring <2 cm, according to the findings of a multi-institutional, prospective clinical trial. Ureteroscopy increasingly used for pediatric stones Ureteroscopy is being increasingly used for surgical management of nephrolithiasis in pediatric patients, and that trend appears to be associated with cost benefits, a recent study indicates.