AAAASF Week in Review
Jul. 24, 2014

Physician ratings: What do your patients really think of you?
Physicians News digest
Medicine is a referral business. While some may say online ratings may not be the best place to go shopping for a doctor, it's really no less credible than a referral from a neighbor. Online ratings are here to stay, so researchers from SUNY Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, New York, decided to evaluate patterns of those ratings.More

How young is too young for Botox?
Yahoo Health
Botox has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, accounting for 3.77 million of the 5.89 million injectable procedures performed in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And that number keeps rising: Injectable procedures were up nearly 16 percent last year compared with 2012. Concerns surrounding Botox are now shifting from provider safety to the increasingly younger ages at which women are seeking injections. More

Femtosecond laser platform gains FDA approval for arcuate incision procedure
BioOptics World
The VICTUS femtosecond laser platform from Bausch + Lomb Technolas has received FDA 510(k) clearance for creating arcuate cuts/incisions in the cornea in patients undergoing cataract surgery or other ophthalmic treatments that require those cuts.More

Is breast implant removal right for your patient?
About 20,000 breast implant removal surgeries are performed each year in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But 70 percent of those procedures stem from three main problems: the breast implant has leaked or ruptured; collagen fibers have grown around the implant, painfully squeezing it; or the woman's breast has changed in shape or size.More

'Designer vaginas' gaining popularity among young women in U.K.
The National Student
Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are more likely than any other age group in the U.K. to inquire about labia reduction surgery, according to statistics from a leading cosmetic surgery group.More

ASHP highlights need for strong ambulatory pharmacy business models
Pharmacy Practice News
The healthcare landscape is continuing its shift toward accountable care models that reward providers for delivering high-quality, cost-effective care — a trend that can yield big dividends to ambulatory care pharmacists. But taking advantage of this opportunity requires a business savvy that the profession may not have — at least not yet.More

Texas judge declares medical spa rule invalid
American Med Spa Association via Skin Inc.
After hearing from the American Med Spa Association, a Texas district court judge has ruled that regulations governing medical spa procedures in the state is invalid and has sent the law back to the Texas Medical Board for further consideration.More

All eyes on Surgery Center, Symbion integration in $792 million deal
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Two leading credit rating agencies will be watching closely as Tampa, Florida-based ambulatory surgery center operator Surgery Center Holdings Inc. works to integrate competitor Symbion Inc.More

Telecare shows promise to monitor chronic pain
A telephone-delivered intervention, in which nurses are in regular contact with patients and help develop a treatment plan, produces clinically meaningful improvements for chronic musculoskeletal pain, according to a new study published in the July 16 issue of JAMA, which looked at optimizing management of pain medications.More

Novel technology system allows clinicians to increase connectivity with patients
Dermatology Times
As a medical professional in the field of dermatology and cosmetic surgery your time is valuable and there are only so many hours in a day. So the million-dollar question is: Beyond providing quality care for your patients and relying on voluntary referral sources, how you can maximize the potential of your practice?More

Biophotonics trailblazers drive mobile health
BioOptics World
The ability of low-cost photonics to enable point-of-care systems is an increasingly important part of the mobile health market, which Lux Research says is forecast to grow by a factor of 8 in the next decade — from $5.1 billion in 2013 to $41.8 billion in 2023.More

Massage for neck pain: Is dosage the key?
Heidi Dawson
Massage therapy has been used in many forms for centuries to treat musculoskeletal pain. But is it actually helping? Does the evidence support such treatment? Well, a new piece of research could answer the question once and for all.More

Study: Behavioral, occupational therapy fights depression associated with AMD
Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
A new study funded by the National Eye Institute has found that behavior activation and low-vision occupational therapy can reduce the risk of depression by 50 percent in patients with age-related macular degeneration. The results were published in the journal Ophthalmology. More

Can a pedometer help your patient comply with exercise prescriptions?
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
A new study published ahead of print provides strong evidence for the effectiveness of pedometer walking interventions in increasing physical activity levels for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.More

Health insurers turn to medical tourism strategies to bypass Obamacare
Medical Tourism Magazine
Americans — especially the uninsured or those with limited coverage — have taken advantage of the bargain prices often discovered abroad for elective procedures and treatments. But not until recently, in part due to cost challenges stemming from the Affordable Care Act, have insurance companies devoted to American healthcare consumers begun to catch on to medical tourism.More

China's booming medical tourism business
Traffic is decidely outbound in a country whose medical practices and facilities can't keep up with a multiplying affluent class. Still, there may be positive effects for all in the long run.More

Growing together: Share your facility's best practices, insights
We would like to encourage AAAASF members to submit a short piece, 100-150 words, for publication in the AAAASF Week In Review. Any topic is welcome (other than what is already included on your website). Share your insight and best-practice tips on:

Please send articles to Dr. Peter Fodor. Be sure to include your facility's website address and your contact information; your facility's website will be linked in the article. Publication will be at the discretion of AAAASF.More