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3 reasons price transparency is good for doctor and patient
Build My Bod
What will make doctors like patients better, and what will make patients like doctors more?! Full disclosure, honesty and price transparency. They all go hand in hand. Yet nothing is more absent from healthcare than price transparency.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


How do you warm your patients?
Outpatient Surgery
The evidence is overwhelming: Patients who are warm have far better surgical outcomes than those who aren't. Yet despite the many proven benefits, the practice of warming is highly variable, dependent on such factors as the length and type of procedure, the mode of anesthesia, the patient's age and even the warming device(s) you use.
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FDA sets acetaminophen limit to 325mg per dosage
Headlines & Global News
The U.S Food and Drug Administration has set a 325 mg limit on the amount of acetaminophen per tablet or capsule, effective Jan. 14. This was requested three years ago after several reports of liver damage.
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Michelle Obama: Never say never to plastic surgery
The Associated Press via ABC News
Michelle Obama, who turns 50 later this week, isn't ruling out using plastic surgery or Botox in the future. Her message to women is to be healthy.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Patients' costs skyrocket; specialists' incomes soar
The New York Times
Many specialists have become particularly adept at the business of medicine by becoming more entrepreneurial, protecting their turf through aggressive lobbying by their medical societies and, most of all, increasing revenues by offering new procedures — or doing more of lucrative ones.
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AMA questions vendor readiness for ICD-10
Government Health IT
Prominent among impending questions surrounding ICD-10 is whether or not technology makers will be ready, and the American Medical Association is among the groups to most recently express this concern. "While physicians will need upgrades to their software systems to accommodate the new code set, many may not receive them until well into 2014," the AMA wrote on the AMA wire.
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When domestic violence enters a healthcare facility
Health News Digest
Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence, according to the Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence. When a victim of domestic violence visits a healthcare facility the chances of receiving care, assistance and protection increases if the warning signs are clear.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Study: Rural vs. urban determines Medicaid expansion plans
Nebraska Rural Health Association
A report from the Center for Rural Affairs shows a major difference between urban and rural residents on whether they would expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Jon Bailey, the Lyons-based center's rural public policy program director, says about half the states in the country have expanded their Medicaid coverage under the ACA. Bailey says their study shows most of that expansion has happened in urban states.
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Telemedicine a win for stressed-out doctors
HealthLeaders Media
A provider of urgent and primary care is shining a spotlight on telemedicine's reach. This is more than just a way to reach patients in rural areas and cut healthcare costs. Early data shows that patients and physicians are finding other reasons to like virtual provider visits.
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More freedom for nurse practitioners?
WJHG-TV
Florida has the tightest restrictions on nurse practitioners in the country. But concerns of a physician shortage have lawmakers looking to expand nurse practitioners' responsibilities there.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


New wound treatment code available to PTs
APTA
A new code for the use of a modality to heal wounds using sound energy has been made available to physical therapists in the 2014 version of the Current Procedural Terminology document maintained by the American Medical Association.
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22 virtues of respiratory therapists
PutMeBackTogether.com
Regardless of setbacks you trudge forward, even if your boss or a doctor scolds you, don't let that set you back. The following virtues, or personality traits, are required of all respiratory therapists.
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PT for Parkinson's Disease
Accessible Physical Therapy
Researches have shown that the patients with Parkinson's Disease can benefit from regular exercise. Regular exercising help to reduce stiffness of muscles and also improvise movements, posture, balance and gait.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Focus on patient provides basis for practice's philosophy
Grotting Plastic Surgery
When Grotting Plastic Surgery opened its doors in Birmingham, Ala., founder Dr. James Grotting focused on the total patient experience — an approach that has helped the practice grow over the years. The facility, certified by AAAASF International as a Global Clinic, is designed to provide comfort, privacy and confidentiality as patients receive quality, cutting-edge care.

Extra: See Dr. James Grotting's video interview during ASPS 2012, when he discussed his book "Volume 5: Breast" in "Plastic Surgery, 3rd Edition."

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Adalimumab successful in psoriasis, AD case
The Clinical Advisor
Researchers from Turkey have published the first reported case of successful management of psoriasis associated with atopic dermatitis using the tumor necrosis blocker adalimumab.
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Shanghai: Medical worker dies from H7N9 bird flu
Bloomberg
A medical worker at a Shanghai hospital died from bird flu, stoking concern that the influenza virus known as H7N9 may have spread from person to person.
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