AAAASF Week in Review
Jan. 16, 2014

Breast cancer screening: A long road ahead
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
In a recent New York Times article, the authors give a great summation into the truth and uncertainty in breast cancer screening. With such an emotional and destabilizing life event as breast cancer, women want clear and concise information. This article and the JAMA article it is based on takes a courageous stand to say: It's not clear and certainly not concise. More

5 facial plastic surgery predictions for 2014
Skin Inc
The number of people undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery plummeted after the economic recession of 2008, but the most recent figures suggest that a double-digit comeback is underway. Here's what top facial plastic surgeons predict we will be seeing more of (and less of) this year.More

APIC publishes new guide for infection prevention in long-term care facilities
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
To help long-term care facilities create and implement comprehensive infection prevention programs, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has published the Infection Preventionist's Guide to Long-Term Care. More

5 simple habits help doctors connect with patients
In 2014, doctors still value speed and technical accuracy, but we also do more to consider the quality of care we give and whether patients are satisfied with it. Those goals aren't just the right thing to do. There are often financial strings attached to getting them right.More

Medicare to disclose physician reimbursement data
Modern Healthcare (free registration required)
For the first time in decades, HHS may start telling the public exactly how much money individual doctors earn treating Medicare patients. Previously, the release of specific Medicare physician-payment data was banned because it was deemed an invasion of physician privacy. On Tuesday, HHS announced it will begin responding to Freedom of Information Act requests for physician-payment data.More

Outpatient surgery center plans overnight stays; bad omen for hospitals?
Washington Business Journal
A Bethesda, Md., outpatient surgery center intends to begin performing operations that involve overnight patient stays, a significant — and controversial — expansion to its services that could have broad implications for Maryland's medical industry.More

Mock cyberattacks coming to healthcare
Healthcare IT News
As cyberattacks targeting healthcare organizations reach record heights, a new partnership initiative has set its sights on getting the industry's threat response on track and ready to go. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has teamed up with HITRUST to launch CyberRX, an industry-wide effort to simulate cyberattacks on all types of healthcare entities, officials announced Jan. 13.More

Need a doctor in New Mexico? Take a number
Albuquerque Journal
Rural areas of New Mexico are facing the worst shortages of health providers in the state. Primary care especially is in short supply — and is expected to become even more scarce as New Mexico is expecting 160,000 new Medicaid patients beginning this year, plus thousands more previously uninsured who will buy coverage under Obamacare.More

Workplace climate a key factor for effective nurse practitioner care model
More than a dozen states have passed legislation expanding the role of nurse practitioners so they can help fill the shortage of primary care providers in the U.S. But a new study from Columbia University School of Nursing, published in the Journal of Professional Nursing, suggests the organization and culture in healthcare settings often impedes the full utilization of NPs.More

The financial promise of m-health
Healthcare Finance News
Although there's little hardcore evidence to date that mobile health technology will dramatically reduce U.S. healthcare costs, several thought leaders are optimistic. More

Physical therapy firm: Growth under ACA not a stretch
Crain's Detroit Business
Jonathan Cohee, president and COO of TheraMatrix Inc., a Pontiac, Mich.-based provider of outpatient physical therapy, believes the Affordable Care Act will ultimately contribute to revenue growth over the next two years as injured workers and Medicaid patients seek lower-cost and higher-quality providers.More

Shoulder rotator cuff tears: Physical therapy or surgery?
The Mercury
Rotator cuff tears are a common source of shoulder pain. If an individual has a rotator cuff tear do you need surgery? In a recent study in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery this question was examined. More

Chemical signaling simulates exercise in cartilage cells
Medical Xpress
Cartilage is notoriously difficult to repair or grow, but researchers at Duke Medicine have taken a step toward understanding how to regenerate the connective tissue. By adding a chemical to cartilage cells, the chemical signals spurred new cartilage growth, mimicking the effects of physical activity.More

Sharing knowledge with colleagues in the dental community
Centro Odontoligica VID
Centro Odontoligica VID, an AAAASF International certified facility in Medellín, is a work of the Marian Congregation, providing the community with oral, general and specialized health services since 1944. The dental clinic seeks not only to improve the lives of its patients, but also to advance the practice of dentistry, through its "Sharing Knowledge" portal, which features free resources at the beginning of each quarter to evaluate new dental appliances, treatment techniques and more.More

World's largest healthcare network set
The Nation
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Bupa are forming a strategic global partnership that will create the largest healthcare provider network in the world for international health insurance customers.More

Understanding the 21st century traveler: Implications for medical tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
The use of social media and a resurgence in luxury travel are two tourism trends that medical tourism must understand. A new white paper from Euromonitor can help define today's medical traveler.More