AAAASF Week in Review
Sep. 26, 2013

Ambulatory revenues grow as inpatient volumes shrink
HealthLeaders Media
The shift away from post-acute hospital-based procedures to ambulatory services, which lack high-cost infrastructures, is "the future of healthcare," according to one health system executive. Keys to revenue growth include economies of scale and joint ventures with physician groups and hospitals.More

AAAASF approves Surgical Standards Version 14
Tom Terranova, MA – AAAASF Director of Accreditation
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is pleased to announce the approval of the AAAASF Surgical Standards Version 14. This edition of the standards represents the culmination of the dedicated work of volunteer clinicians to distill patient safety data, healthcare trends and comments provided by accredited facility personnel and surveyors into an improved manual that continues to serve the AAAASF mission of patient safety.More

Plastic surgery: Medical procedure or commercial commodity?
Digital Journal
During the past decade, there has been a dramatic growth in the marketing of plastic surgery services directly to the public. Treating plastic surgery as a commercial product instead of a medical service represents a major departure from traditional patient care, with significant implications for physician ethics, patient safety and the essential doctor-patient relationship, according to the September/October issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal.More

Knotless soft-tissue surgery: Betting on a surgical breakthrough
Sarasota, Fla., orthopedic surgeon Dr. William F. Bennett has come up with a patented method for knotless soft-tissue surgery, which he expects to bring to market next year.More

Outer glove exchange, paper surgical gowns decrease bacterial contamination
2 Minute Medicine
Perioperative infections are a source of surgical complications. Many strategies have been suggested to reduce the rate of infection. In this case review, researchers compare contamination with respect to surgical gown material and outer glove exchange.More

New procedure unclogs leg arteries in unconventional way
Texas Medical Center News via The Vindicator
A new technique called retrograde access now gives surgeons an additional path when trying to open the vessels of patients with peripheral artery disease.More

LUGPA urges CMS to reject outpatient payment caps
Urology Times
A proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would cap payments for more than 200 physician services at outpatient prospective payment system or ambulatory surgery center rates would threaten patient access to optimal, cost-effective healthcare, according to the Large Urology Group Practice Association.More

The business case for virtual urgent care
HealthLeaders Media
A telemedicine service priced at only $35 per visit creates a new access point for patients and averts emergency department visits.More

Ambulatory jobs see highest gain, hospital employment lags
Neon Tommy
The demand for jobs in ambulatory care is the highest it has been since the 1980s — making it one of the few industries to experience uninterrupted growth despite major economic downturns.More

Program to serve as pipeline for occupational therapists in Montana
Billings Gazette
Until now, Montana was one of only four states without an occupational therapy program, compounding efforts to address the statewide shortage of occupational therapists.More

Hoping to aid veterans, Ohio teen invents physical therapy device
CBS News
When he decided to make something to help injured veterans, 14-year-old Joseph Anand — a whiz kid who is already recognized as a leading figure in the maker movement — turned to one of his prior inventions, the Arduino Powered Personal Limb Exerciser that helps paralysis patients avoid muscle atrophy. From that he built the Kinect and Arduino Rehab System, or KARTS for Vets.More

Therapists use unique method at Triggerband Pain Clinic
A new physical therapy clinic in Hampton is offering patients what it calls "leading-edge" treatment that can have quicker results for injuries and chronic pain than traditional modalities.More

Music therapists bring healing through tunes and beats
Houston Press
Elton John once said, "Music has healing power; it has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours." This divertive nature forms the science behind the music therapy field, a burgeoning subsector of behavioral healthcare that is popping up in institutional settings.More

Indian surgeon advocates Google Glass for rural surgeons
New Delhi, India-based chief surgeon J.S. Rajkumar conducted an upper gastro-intestinal laparoscopy procedure in Chennai while wearing Google Glass, making him the first Indian doctor to livestream a surgery.More

Low-level laser therapy targets tinnitus
Clínica de la Audición
Clínica de la Audición, a Costa Rica-based audiology care clinic with nine locations, is finding success for 3 out of 4 patients using low-level laser to treat tinnitus, one of the many conditions treated by the specialists at the AAAASF International-accredited organization. More

South African experts prepare first-ever cancer pain management guidelines
A team of South African experts has created the country's first guidelines for managing pain in cancer patients. The guidelines, which are to be released in the South African Medical Journal early next year, include a new model of cancer pain management. Suitable for both adult and pediatric patients, the new guidelines will cover pain management as well as issues such as psychological and occupational therapy support for patients.More