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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


Scientists discover potent antibiotic that fights resistance
The Wall Street Journal
Scientists have discovered a powerful new antibiotic they say can kill an array of germs without the bugs easily becoming resistant to it, a potential weapon against a range of diseases. The discovery is a rare — and much-needed — breakthrough in the quest for new antibiotics to overcome the problem of growing resistance to existing drugs.
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More middle-aged men turning to plastic surgery
Surgical Products
The number of middle-aged and older men signing up for cosmetic surgery has increased nearly three-fold in the past 15 years as guys seek a more youthful appearance, or at least a delay before the telltale sags of aging settle in permanently.
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Substance from honeybee hives may help with hair loss
News & Observer
A substance from honeybee hives might contain clues for developing a potential new therapy for human baldness: a material called propolis that encouraged hair growth in mice.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Femto lasers: Buy, lease or outsource?
Outpatient Surgery
For manufacturers and outsourcers, femtosecond lasers obviously represent a huge opportunity. They're fighting tenaciously for market share. Not only can you buy, lease or rent a mobile laser (have a machine delivered to your practice for a pre-designated number of days each month), but within those primary categories there are scores of subcategories.
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Using a standardized regimen for pre-admission patient skin cleansing
Infection Control Today
In this Q-and-A, Charles Edmiston, PhD, professor of surgery and hospital epidemiologist in the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses the evolution of his team's CHG research and the importance of using a standardized regimen for pre-admission skin cleansing using chlorhexidine gluconate.
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8 ways to improve patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores
Forbes
In light of Medicaid's announcement that it may expand the use of Child HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) results, let's review what actually increases patient satisfaction and improves the patient experience, for hospital systems, primary care providers and ambulatory care centers alike.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Venture capital dollars pouring into digital health industry
Scott E. Rupp
Venture funding played a large part in advancing the work of digital health companies in 2014, accounting for a record-breaking $4.1 billion in investments, according to startup accelerator Rock Health.
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States forge ahead with telehealth coverage
Healthcare IT News
Licensed providers in New York state will now be able to reimburse for telemedicine services from private insurers, joining 21 other states that have made the move thus far.
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How a Maine program reduced heart disease
HCP Live
Community programs to help residents reduce their risk factors for cardiovascular disease have had sporadic success. In rural Maine, however, such an effort has had sustained results lasting over a 40-year period, researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


FiRST aims to integrate technology into physical therapists' training
Emory University
A key recommendation from the APTA's 2009 Physical Therapy and Society Summit led Emory professor Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA, and Randy Trumbower, MPT, PhD, to create the FiRST initiative: Frontiers in Rehabilitative Science Technologies.
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Balance improved, falls prevented in seniors by playing catch
Medical News Today
The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Professionalism and evidence-based health care
Dynamic Chiropractic
Today's chiropractors are facing a conundrum with the Affordable Care Act and its health care reform requirements, including evidence-based practice and health technology assessment.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Unapproved medical treatments create circumvention tourism
The Conversation via Medical Xpress
China, Russia and countries in the Caribbean are positioning themselves as destinations for another kind of medical visitor: the circumvention tourist in search of care that is not approved by regulators in their home countries.
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Giving hospitals the stamp of standard
The Hindu
Rising medication, diagnostic errors and patient safety-related issues are creating the need for rigorous standards in the Indian healthcare system.
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The doctor will see you now, overseas: Medical tourism booming in Asia
AFP-JIJI via Japan Times
The lines snaking into Bangladesh's hospitals are often so long, says Nusrat Hussein Kiwan, that they extend into the street outside, with too many patients seeking too few quality doctors. The booming global medical tourism market is seeing particularly rapid growth in Southeast Asia.
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