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CMS enacts new infection control requirements
Outpatient Surgery
Citation-wielding CMS hospital inspectors, who are likely to show up unannounced, now have a 49-page survey worksheet with which to document your infection control efforts, and its requirements are effective immediately.
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ASSOCIATION UPDATES


Making progress — with your support
AAAASF Educational Foundation
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities was established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Despite modern surgery and anesthesia reaching new heights and less invasive procedures being developed, an official accrediting organization accredits less than half of outpatient facilities in the United States. As the new year begins, please support the AAAASF Educational Foundation with a charitable donation today to assist us in our patient safety initiatives.
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AAAASF Peer Review
AAAASF
Peer Review Reporting for Period 2 (July 1 – December 31) 2014 opened Jan. 7 and closes Feb. 21. Facility contacts should check their email inboxes or mailboxes for complete details.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


FDA approves first dermal filler to treat acne scarring
Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first dermal filler to treat pitted scarring of the cheek caused by acne, the most common skin disorder in the United States, afflicting 40-50 million people.
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Study: 20 percent of surgeons didn't wash their hands in bathroom
Outpatient Surgery
A Danish physician attending the American College of Surgeons' 2012 conference in Chicago made an unsettling discovery in the restroom: 20 percent of attendees didn't wash their hands after finishing their business there.
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Best medical apps of 2014 for iPhone and Android
iMedical Apps
Iltifat Husain, MD, the founder and editor-in-chief of iMedicalApps.com, has put together a list of the most notable medical apps that were released in 2014.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Botched plastic surgery: ASPS stresses importance of certification
Medical Daily
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that it is seeing an increase in requests to fix "botched" plastic surgery jobs made by uncertified doctors. In an effort to address the issue, it has started a new campaign that lets old patients warn prospective ones of risks that result from not confirming your doctor is certified.
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:DentalPlans banks on affordable access to dental care
www.quotenet.com
Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans, believes that 2015 will bring increased awareness of the critical role good oral health plays in our overall wellbeing.
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Infection control: High priority for health care facility managers
Building Operating Management
For facility managers in healthcare facilities, working with an organization's infection control staff to do everything possible to prevent HAIs is of high priority, especially in light of the recent Ebola scare.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Survey of physicians: The problems of health care access under the ACA
The Nonprofit Quarterly
Physicians believe they are overworked, taking moves to reduce their patient load, and are trying to retire earlier according to the 2014 Survey of America's Physicians by the nonprofit Physicians Foundation. As more previously uninsured people now have coverage, only 19 percent of physicians indicate they have time in their schedules to accommodate new patients.
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Rural health care sees radical changes
Civitas Media via Middlesboro Daily News
As tectonic forces reshape even the healthiest parts of the national health care system — a surging shortage of primary care doctors, escalation of insurance rates, costly new technology and dramatically rewritten regulations — areas with the lowest populations are taking the biggest hits.
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Kentucky broadband Internet expansion will foster telehealth
EHR Iintelligence
Residents and patients in Kentucky will soon have access to high-speed broadband internet services that will bring telehealth, m-health and patient engagement services to some of the most rural regions of Appalachia.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Man-made ligament could replace ruptured ACLs
Gizmag
Scientists at Northwestern University in Illinois are creating a man-made replacement ACL, which could make treatment much more effective. Its main body is made from braided polyester fibers, with a tensile strength similar to that of the natural ligament. At either end of it, however, those fibers are blended into a mixture of a porous antioxidant biomaterial developed previously in his lab and hydroxyapatite (a form of calcium) nanocrystals.
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Physical therapy predictions for 2015
Evidence in Motion
As 2014 ends and private practice physical therapy hasn't been eliminated by ACOs, medical homes, Obamacare and hospitals that employ physicians, it might be a good time to contemplate some predictions for 2015.
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Valedo makes a game of exercise therapy
Tom's Guide via Yahoo News
Relatively few people ever said that recovering from a back injury would be fun, but until now, relatively few people have encountered Valedo. This Swiss wearable is a mix of a fitness tracker, a medical apparatus and a video game, and it's one of the more creative ways out there to keep your spine in shape.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Medigo aims to bring health tourism to the masses
Adi Gaskell
Over the past year or so there have been a number of projects that have attempted to bring telemedicine to life. The latest of these is the German based Medigo, who provide users with tools to plan and manage their health tourism trips overseas.
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In Indonesia, platform lets patients chat with doctors abroad
Springwise
Hot on the heels of Medigo, the platform that helps patients find the best health care abroad, comes another service that's making medical tourism easier for those who want to get specialist or improved treatment outside of their own country. Based in Indonesia, Tab a Doctor is a community that enables patients to liaise with doctors and hospitals in neighboring countries, as well as arrange appointments.
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Global medical tourism market to top $30 billion by 2019
Silicon India
Global medical tourism market will rise to $32.5 billion by 2019 on account of rising health care costs in developed countries like the U.S. and improved standards of health care technology and services in nations like India and China, research says.
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