AAAASF Week in Review
Aug. 8, 2013

Physicians brace for drug, device 'transparency'
HealthLeaders Media
Doctors groups are alerting members to be prepared to respond to public disclosures as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers begin tracking and reporting their financial interactions with physicians.More

Long Island to Florida: Alan Gold expands his practice
Alan Gold, MD
While maintaining a thriving practice in Great Neck, N.Y., Alan Gold, MD, also has begun working part-time in Boca Raton, Fla., where he has teamed with Dr. Jason Pozner at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery. Gold, an AAAASF past president and board member, says he sought out an AAAASF-accredited facility and like-minded plastic surgery peer as he considered how to expand his practice.More

NYOBS lobby success: Insurance companies must reimburse OBS facility fee
The Society of New York Office Based Surgery Facilities
Representatives of the Society of New York Office Based Surgery Facilities gained an important victory in July as the New York Department of Financial Services told insurance companies they must reimburse for an office based surgery facility fee as their subscriber contracts dictate. NYOBS, a nonprofit advocacy group, wants governmental and institutional entities to recognize all accredited OBS facilities as equivalent to other venues where similar surgeries are performed. As the gold standard in accrediting ambulatory care facilities, AAAASF recently sent a letter of introduction, informing AAAASF members of NYOBS and its work.More

Freezing the fat away
Health News Digest
Since the approval of the first cryolipolysis device in 2010, what have been some of the trends in fat removal through controlled cooling? Have physicians seen the same safety and efficacy in practice as they have in clinical trials?More

Doctors' level of liability worry drives testing
MedPage Today
Office-based physicians who reported a high level of concern about medical malpractice lawsuits were more likely to practice defensive medicine, ordering aggressive diagnostic testing, a review of Medicare claims and physician surveys found.More

FDA warns of serious skin rash with acetaminophen pain pills
Tylenol and other painkillers containing the ingredient acetaminophen can cause potentially deadly rashes and blistering of the skin, U.S. health regulators have warned.More

Surgical residents put skills to test in virtual world
Online virtual worlds are usually stereotyped as a way for nerds to privately escape from reality, but new research from St. Mary's Hospital at Imperial College London suggests that these simulated fantasy lands can be useful tools for budding surgeons.More

Osteopathic physicians, PAs emphasize team-based approach to care
American Academy of Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Osteopathic Association have released a joint paper that supports the need for physician-led, team-based care, while defining the critical roles physician assistants and physicians play in improving access to high-quality patient care.More

Clinic helping to train rural doctors
The Payson Roundup
The Payson, Ariz., medical community seems to be getting a reputation for helping future healthcare professionals learn about serving in rural areas. Recently the Payson Christian Clinic hosted 44 medical students from around the country to teach them about rural medicine. More

Top 5 responsibilities physicians and patients have to each other
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
There is a code of responsibility between the physician and patient in the clinic setting, outside of the hospital. Something more personal than just patient and hospital. I'm talking about the oft-referenced patient-physician relationship.More

The rise of robotics for physical therapy
The Wall Street Journal
A person who has suffered from a stroke or spinal-cord injury might need to use crutches or a wheelchair as they gradually regain lost motion through physical therapy. But these patients could see drastically different effects strapping on a robotic bodysuit or a bionic limb and walking around like Iron Man as they heal.More

Novel motion-tracking system assesses functional rehab of upper limbs
Neural Regeneration Research via Medical Xpress
Ángel Gil-Agudo and colleagues from National Hospital for Spinal Cord Injury of Spain have developed a kinematic model with nine degrees of freedom to analyze upper limb and head movements in three dimensions. More

The growing popularity of having surgery overseas
The New York Times
As health care costs in the United States rise, an increasing number of Americans are going overseas for elective procedures, or are at least considering that possibility.More

Plastic surgery as an ally of bariatric surgery
Clinica de Cirurgia Plástica
According to a survey by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, about 40 million Brazilians are overweight (10 million of them obese). Dr. Gerson Luiz Julio's Cirurgia Plástica, the only AAAASF International accredited facility in Brazil, is working to make sure plastic surgeons are part of a comprehensive healthcare team addressing the obesity epidemic.More

China's plastic surgery culture: Going under the knife to get a job
International Business Times
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, China has become the world's third-largest market for cosmetic surgery, following the United States and Brazil. A wave of plastic surgery culture has hit China as women from across socio-economic classes invest in surgery in hopes that it will improve their careers, as well as their social lives. More