AAAASF Week in Review
Sep. 12, 2013

Study: Healthcare-linked infections cost US $10 billion a year
Five of the most common, costly and preventable healthcare-associated infections cost the United States nearly $10 billion per year, according to a meta-analysis of 27 years of data by a team from Harvard Medical School and affiliated institutions.More

Post-op complications predict plastic surgery readmission
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Postoperative complications significantly predict readmission following plastic surgery, according to a study published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.More

Fillers don't have to hurt
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Fillers were originally used to fill in deep creases — like the "parentheses" lines that extend from the nose down to the corners of the mouth — but now can be used to add volume to areas of the face. Patients say it can be painful, but fillers don't have to hurt. Here's why.More

Facial surgery patients should avoid herbal supplements, surgeons say
Healthcare Global
A study by Case Western Reserve University shows about half of facial plastic surgery patients take herbal supplements that can have ill effects on recovery after procedures such as rhinoplasty, according to the doctors at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery.More

Patient experience: Old-school approach may be best
HealthLeaders Media
The simplest, most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis.More

Silly surgery photo leads to privacy lawsuit
Outpatient Surgery
An anesthesiologist put stickers on a patient who was under anesthesia, and a photo was taken. You can guess what happened next.More

4 tips to keeping years off your CT scanner
With the average age of CT scanners in the U.S. approaching nine years, facilities are looking to cut costs and remain conservative when it comes to buying capital equipment.More

Nurse practitioners try new tack to expand foothold in primary care
The Philadelphia Inquirer with Kaiser Health News
After years of fighting doctors in state legislative battles to expand their authority, nurse practitioners are taking a new tack: asking the Obama administration to require insurers to include them in the plans offered to consumers in new online marketplaces, which open for enrollment Oct. 1.More

Medicaid agency wants to increase access to healthcare
The Associated Press via WACH-TV
South Carolina's Medicaid agency is making changes to expand access to healthcare, starting with walk-in clinics and expanded hours for physicians' offices.More

Food for thought: Alternatives to full retirement
Karen Childress
A physician I worked with a number of years ago and for whom I have enormous respect once told me his philosophy was "never fully retire." If you can't quite imagine yourself in full retirement mode and envision keeping a hand in medicine for as long as your mental and physical faculties allow, you have options. Consider these four.More

Pinpointing POPTS
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The "Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act" introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., seeks to remove physical therapy and other healthcare services from the in-office ancillary services exception from the federal Stark laws, also commonly known as self-referral.More

Hard-to-fill speech specialist positions plague school districts
Prescott Valley Tribune
Arizona's school districts are hurting for speech and language pathologists and have been for years. That's why Humboldt Unified School District is paying $91,866 — more than twice the district's starting salary — to Yavapai County Educational Services Agency for one full-time speech pathologist this year. More

5 best practices for referral marketing
Brooke Andrus
Marketing rehab therapy to consumers is an important piece of the marketing puzzle — especially in a world dominated by search engines and social media. To significantly boost the number of referrals you receive, you've got to be proactive. So, here's a rundown of some referral marketing best practices to help drive more patients through your front door.More

AAAASFI-accredited facilities now profiled by Patients Beyond Borders
Patients Beyond Borders
Patients Beyond Borders is an organization dedicated to connecting patients with high-quality, affordable medical care throughout the world. The organization produces publications and Web materials that profile American-accredited healthcare settings and inform patients about the options and considerations relevant to patients pursuing healthcare in trustworthy, safe facilities. In collaborating with various Ministries of Health, Ministries of Tourism, public-private initiatives and associations, Patients Beyond Borders attempts to prepare patients to make confident and well-informed healthcare decisions.More

Top 10 countries for plastic surgery
China Daily
Statistics from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery showed in 2011, 3.1 million people in the U.S. had cosmetic surgery — more than any other country in the world. China ranked third, with just over 1 million going under the knife. Which countries complete the top 10 list?More