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How much does a new hip cost? Even the surgeon doesn't know
Kaiser Health News
Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implantable medical devices — nearly half of it for orthopedic procedures. And as the population ages and more Americans get joint replacements, that number is only going up, which will have a bigger and bigger impact on the nation's healthcare spending. But even orthopedic surgeons have a tough time pinpointing the actual costs associated with the devices.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


California's new reporting requirement for accredited outpatient surgery
The Medical Board of California
Beginning Jan. 1, accredited outpatient surgery settings in California are required to report adverse events, as defined in HSC Section 1279.1, to the Medical Board — rather than the Health Department — no later than five days after the adverse event has been detected, or, if that event is an ongoing urgent or emergent threat to the welfare, health or safety of patients, personnel or visitors, no later than 24 hours after the adverse event has been detected. Click here for the Adverse Event Reporting Form, and click here for a letter explaining the changes.
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Evaluating your fluid management options
Outpatient Surgery
How are you collecting fluid waste in the wake of the Stryker Neptune recall? The two-part recall was confusing, and injuries associated with the use of the Neptune were the result of bizarre user error, but when the dust had settled, Neptune owners could either switch to another fluid waste management machine or jump through some administrative hoops if they wanted to continue using the recalled devices.
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Nursing assistants most likely to pick up C. diff spores
Fierce Healthcare
Nursing assistants are more vulnerable to Clostridium difficile contamination on their hands than other healthcare workers, according to a new study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


CMS announces 3-month data collection delay for new measures
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is delaying data collection until April 1, 2014, for the three new quality measures that were recently finalized for inclusion in the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program. The data must still be reported in 2015, but only patient encounters from April 1, 2014 — Dec. 31, 2014, should be included. More information on patients who are included for purposes of these measures can be found in the ASCQR Specifications Manual.
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AAAASF transitions duties as QA director retires
AAAASF
After more than seven years of dedication and outstanding service, Pam Baker, CAE, has retired, effective Dec. 31, 2013. Please join AAAASF in wishing her well!

In Pam's absence, all calls and inquiries for her or related to QA issues will be addressed by Tom Terranova, MA, Director of Accreditation, at tom@aaaasf.org or (847) 545-5222.

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In a major shift, Medicare wants power to ban harmful prescribers
HealthNewsDigest.com
Medicare plans to arm itself with broad new powers to better control — and potentially ban — doctors engaged in fraudulent or harmful prescribing, following a series of articles by ProPublica detailing lax oversight in its drug program.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


SGR repeal bill holds extra promise for rural hospitals
HealthLeaders Media
A raft of amendments to the Senate version of the bill to repeal the SGR should make life a lot easier for rural hospitals, says a National Rural Health Association official.
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Corporate asset protection: Shielding your practice from lawsuits, threats
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
Given today's litigious society, where successful practitioners are lawsuit targets from competitors, the government, clients, patients and even employees, implementing a business protection plan is crucial. Unfortunately, most clinics are not well protected and leave key assets, cash flows and even the owner's interest in the business exposed.
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Health app certification program halted
Pamela Lewis Dolan
Happtique launched as a place physicians could go to find trusted apps, vetted for their credibility, privacy and security standards, that could be "prescribed" to patients. But just days after the first class of certified mobile apps was announced, the certification program was halted when an outside app developer and blogger found it to be significantly flawed, raising concerns about the thoroughness of the vetting and certification process.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Kinesio taping for skeptics
Heidi Dawson
"I write this article as a skeptic," Heidi Dawson explains. "Finding information about what exactly Kinesio tape is supposed to do and how it does it is hard to come by. Despite this, its popularity has continued to grow."
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Chronic musculoskeletal pain increases CVD risk
Medwire News
Chronic musculoskeletal pain is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, researchers have found. They note this association was particularly strong in adults older than 65 years with CMP, who were 1.83 times more likely than those without CMP to have CVD after taking into account a range of CVD risk factors.
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4 marketing challenges for your physical therapy practice
PutMeBackTogether.com
What if the key to physical therapy marketing is to think less like a physical therapist? Better yet, don't think like a PT at all.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


A critical gap in global healthcare
Forbes
Brigadier General Ron Sconyers, USAF, Ret., is the president and CEO of Physicians for Peace, which transforms lives by training, supporting and empowering healthcare professionals working with the world's underserved populations. He shares a moment of enlightenment regarding worldwide care.
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Facility aims for early start on dental health
Odontologia Especializada Laureles
Odontologia Especializada Laureles, accredited by AAAASF International, is helping future patients start life with the best dental care possible, offering oral care tips and lessons for parents of infants and toddlers. The Medellín, Colombia-based clinic, with more than a dozen specialists on staff, offers care in pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthesis, implants and cosmetic dentistry.
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Why is cosmetic medical tourism rising to unprecedented heights?
SBWire
The ease of communications and travel has given everyone, regardless of his/her income or location, access to affordable, high-quality cosmetic treatments. What are the statistics saying about cosmetic surgery medical travel?
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    Why is cosmetic medical tourism rising to unprecedented heights? (SBWire)
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