The ASF Source
Mar. 19, 2015

AAAASF seeks certified surveyors
In an effort to meet the increasing demand for accreditation and oversight, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is seeking certified surveyors. Click here to see if you qualify.

AAAASF has scheduled a training workshop for Friday, May 15, in Montreal, in conjunction with the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting. Please click here for further information and registration specifics.

Attendance is FREE for physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists in AAAASF accredited facilities. Continuing Medical Education credits are offered for participation through ASAPS, and future survey work conducted on behalf of AAAASF is compensated. Thank you for your consideration; we look forward to meeting you at this May's training session.More

Celebrating 35 years of setting the gold standard
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities kicked off its 35th anniversary year during the annual winter board meeting March 14-15. Some of AAAASF's past presidents cut the celebratory cake. They are (center photo, from left to right) Dr. Robert Singer, Dr. Alan Gold, Dr. Ronald Iverson, Dr. Lawrence Reed, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes and Dr. Michael McGuire.More

FDA panel says injectable drug to eliminate double chin is coming soon
Health Aim
Kythera Biopharmaceuticals soon will be able to market its new drug that can get rid of double chin, Food and Drug Administration advisory panel says. The injectable drug, called ATX-101, is a nonsurgical option for the eradication of double chin. More

More men getting Botox treatments than ever before
First Coast News
Popular among women for years, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says of the nearly 6 million Botox procedures in 2013, men only made up 6 percent of the patients. However, mens' procedures since 2000 have skyrocketed, going up 310 percent.More

New cancer fears in France over breast implants
Medical Xpress
France's national cancer institute said on March 17 there was a "clearly established link" between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant, as the health minister sought to allay fears. More

High satisfaction reported for ablative fractional skin resurfacing
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Patients express high satisfaction with ablative fractional skin resurfacing for photoaged skin, despite having high pretreatment expectations, according to a study published in the February issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.More

California trial of Kaiser plastic surgery coverage underway
Insurance Journal
A trial in a class action lawsuit over Kaiser Permanente's refusal to cover the removal of excess skin for nearly 10,000 patients who underwent weight loss surgery began this week in a California Superior Court in Alameda County. More

Plastic surgery market opportunity: Older workers in Silicon Valley?
Doctors in the San Francisco Bay area have noticed a growing number of people turning to cosmetic procedures to polish their looks, in a job market that seems to favor youth. More

Starting a practice: 'Why' drives 'how'
Dermatology Times
Starting or building a practice requires that physicians let practical concerns flow from more philosophical decisions, such as why one entered dermatology in the first place, said experts at the Cosmetic Surgery Forum.More

How to improve patient engagement in the provider community
EHR Intelligence
The latest report from Chilmark Research on the patient engagement market shows that the health care sector is still participating very minimally in digital communication with patients post-discharge or between visits.More

Dental services get new wheels to expand oral health care access
The Charlotte Observer
A $200,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation has allowed the Cabarrus Health Alliance to buy a new mobile dental clinic and visit more than twice as many schools throughout Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The foundation awarded the local nonprofit a grant in June to help expand dental services, and the Health Alliance will launch the new mobile dental unit on March 24. More

Telemedicine brings care to the Great Plains
Health IT Outcomes
Telemedicine is an increasingly used technology to bring health care resources, including specialists, to people and communities that otherwise would have difficulty accessing them. More

Cash-based success in a small community
Ever think that cash-based practices can only work and be successful in larger metropolitan areas? With lots of wealthy people? Brenda Shelton PT, is a great example of why that's just not true.More

Strength training and shoulder proprioception
Journal of Athletic Training
Proprioception is essential to motor control and joint stability during daily and sport activities. Recent studies demonstrated that athletes have better joint position sense when compared with controls matched for age, suggesting that physical training could have an effect on proprioception.More

Which patients are at risk for continued pain after orthopedic surgery?
Medical Xpress
When it comes to determining which patients will have long-lasting pain after orthopedic shoulder surgery, cognitive coping style and genetic predisposition to pain sensitivity may actually be bigger factors than the size or intensity of the operation, a new University of Florida Health study finds. More

South African team performs successful penis transplant
The Citizen
Professor Frank Graewe, head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and a team of specialists announced they have performed the world's first successful penis transplant.More

Market research: World cosmetic surgery growth will top $27 billion by 2019
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
The global cosmetic surgery and service market is currently estimated at more than $20 billion, and its value is expected to grow to over $27 billion by 2019. Nonsurgical treatments such as laser treatments and injectable products are leading the way, and Asia is emerging as the next big frontier.More

Cosmetic surgery needs mandatory cooling-off period, says medical board
The Guardian
Under draft guidelines proposed by the Medical Board of Australia, patients would be allowed to undergo cosmetic surgery only after a mandatory cooling-off period of seven days for adults and three months for those under age 18. More