Urodynamic Studies On the Upswing

Urodynamic studies for female Medicare patients increased by 29% from 2000 to 2010.
Urodynamic studies for female Medicare patients increased by 29% from 2000 to 2010.

The use of urodynamic studies for female Medicare patients increased by 29% from 2000 to 2010, from 422 to 543 per 100,000 beneficiaries, according to study findings published online ahead of print in Neurourology and Urodynamics.

The study, led by W. Stuart Reynolds, MD, MPH, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., examined a 5% sample of U.S. Medicare utilization records.

Results showed that the rate of urodynamic studies performed by gynecologists increased by 144% over the study period, whereas that of urologists decreased by 3%. In 2010, urologists performed 58% of all urodynamic studies and gynecologists performed 35%.

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