AAAASF Week in Review
Oct. 24, 2013

Physician burnout: No one cares — but you should
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Have you read the articles over the past several months about physician burnout and fatigue? Doctors are upset and having significant emotional distress because of their chosen field, but many people don't seem concerned. The problem is the burned-out physician with fatigue and the resulting lack of focus can most certainly affect all of us.More

Accreditation reflects growth of rural healthcare, expanding specialties
The list of facilities that have earned AAAASF accreditation this year shows the RHC Medicare — Rural Health Clinics segment is growing, while the breadth of medical specialties represented in AAAASF accredited facilities continues to expand.More

Botox as a career-builder for boomer men
The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch
Men are having cosmetic procedures done in increasing numbers these days, plastic surgeons and dermatologists report. Total cosmetic procedures for men rose 22 percent from 2000 through 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More

Ablative CO2 laser effective for rhinophyma
BioOptics World
Good cosmetic outcomes are possible using fractional ablative carbon dioxide laser therapy for mild-to-moderate cases of rhinophyma (a condition characterized by prominent pores and a fibrous thickening of the nose, sometimes associated with the common skin condition rosacea), according to researchers at the University of California-Irvine.More

Angelina Jolie's surgeon forms 'breast team'
Dr. Jay Orringer, Renaissance Medical Center for Aesthetic Surgery plastic surgeon who performed Angeline Jolie's breast reconstruction, promotes the idea of having a "breast team" for a more effective breast cancer treatment.More

Wal-Mart, Lowe's offer employees no-cost joint replacements at 4 hospitals
Medcity News
Companies that are part of the newly formed Employers Centers of Excellence Network will offer partial and total hip and knee replacements to employees for no cost — if the patients have their surgeries done at one of four selected providers.More

Efforts to reduce waste in healthcare leads to job loss for many
Pamela Lewis Dolan
Job reports indicate hospitals and health systems are laying people off in quantities not seen since 2009. But the news should not be viewed as a cut in services; rather, it's an effort to improve efficiencies and reduce waste, industry insiders say. More

Forbes Healthcare Summit: A checkup for Obamacare
The second annual Forbes Healthcare Summit was held Oct. 10 in Manhattan. More than 200 executives, entrepreneurs and policy makers gathered to gauge the vital signs of healthcare as Obama's mandates begin to take effect.More

Western Kansas counties to participate in program to improve rural healthcare
Hays Post
Six western Kansas counties will be part of a $1.5 million initiative aimed at improving their healthcare systems in ways that can be duplicated by medical providers in other rural areas that are challenged by shrinking populations, recruiting difficulties and mounting financial pressures.More

Could telehealth replace post-op visits to the surgeon's office?
Outpatient Surgery
Can telehealth encounters safely substitute for routine post-operative office visits? Yes, according to the results of a 10-month study in September's Journal of the American Medical Association.More

Choosing a manual wheelchair
Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Mobility is a spectrum, and many options are available to meet a client's needs at any point on that spectrum. It can be challenging to determine when to move up or down to the next category of intervention.More

Top iPad apps for PTs and OTs
Fusion Medical Staffing via Nurse Together LLC
With the use of the tablet becoming increasingly more popular in therapy facilities and hospitals, Fusion Medical has identified its favorite apps for physical and occupational therapists. More

Patient engagement: How to do it right
Several healthcare organizations are not just giving lip service to patient engagement but instead are leading the charge with some disruptive, innovative IT-dependent tools.More

Services focus on lifelong results
Clínica Feinzaig
At Clínica Feinzaig, an AAAASF International accredited facility in Costa Rica, Drs. Jaime Feinzaig and Julie Feinzaig, along with a highly trained support staff, prepare treatment plans that are meant to offer longer-lasting, beautiful results. Using the latest technology, Clínica Feinzaig repairs and restores teeth, offering patients "the tools to keep your beautiful smile healthy for a lifetime."More

Lagos moves to curb citizens' medical tourism by building medical village
Daily Times
The Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, said all is set to build a medical village in the state, which will help restrain Nigerians from seeking foreign medical service.More