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Recent trends of inpatient vs. outpatient thyroidectomy in US
Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Thyroidectomy is the partial or complete removal of the thyroid gland in order to treat thyroid disorders, such as benign enlargement (goiter), overactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or cancerous lesions. Conventionally, the surgery setup for thyroidectomy has been inpatient, but seven years ago outpatient surgeries were started in the academic hospitals and spread to more centers around the world.
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AAAASF Peer Review
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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


Chronic biofilm infection in breast implants is associated with an increased T-cell lymphocytic infiltrate
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
A new study has shown chronic biofilm infection around breast prostheses produces an increased T-cell response. A possible link between bacterial biofilm and T-cell hyperplasia is significant in light of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.
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Facelift surgery after massive weight loss poses challenges
Medical News Today
Patients undergoing bariatric surgery for severe obesity are often left with excess, sagging skin affecting all areas of the body, including the face. The unique challenges of facelift surgery in this group of patients — and effective techniques for addressing them — are presented in a paper in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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Standardization vs. personalization: Can health care do both?
HIT Consultant
Personalization is all around us, from the recommendation engines of Netflix and Amazon, to the custom radio stations you can create on Pandora. Likewise consumers are now showing strong interest in personalized health experiences.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Cohort 5 enrollment open for AHRQ safety program for ambulatory surgery
AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery is designed to improve communication, teamwork and quality in your ambulatory surgery center. Begin the enrollment process today.
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7 tips for more effective ambulatory surgery center billing
All Great Reading
Medical billing can be difficult no matter how many people work in the billing department, but there are ways to help keep it under control so everything can be documented properly and the billing does not fall behind.
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Tele-doc firm sues Texas Medical Board
Courthouse News Service
The Texas Medical Board declared a bogus "emergency" to require doctors to meet patients "face-to-face" before prescribing them a controlled drug, a telephone-consultation firm claims in court.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Concierge telemedicine: Today's version of the house call
Forbes
Due to emerging technologies, a "new" version of the house call is becoming more and more prevalent. Telemedicine will likely make house calls increasingly characteristic of modern health care delivery.
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Rural hospitals innovate to meet new health care challenges
H&HN
Size and agility can be advantageous in meeting new health care demands and payment models. Nevertheless, some rural hospitals worry about their ability to remain independent.
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Senators introduce bipartisan CAH Relief Act
National Rural Health Association
The National Rural Health Association applauds Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., for introducing the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Obama budget tackles self-referral exception for physical therapy — again
PT in Motion
President Barack Obama has included a proposal to eliminate exceptions to physician self-referral laws in his 2016 budget, a change the administration says would create savings of $6.02 billion over 10 years.
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Sciatica in winter: Does cold weather worsen back and leg symptoms?
Spine Universe
Most people with sciatica say firmly that winter makes it worse. But is that just anecdotal or are there solid reasons why sciatica acts up when the mercury goes down?
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Blogging can boost customer base for your PT clinic
The Global Dispatch
Search engines love engaging content that is updated regularly and relevant to readers. A typical clinic's blog contains all the information needed by clients to make an appointment, establish contact and find out about products and services. However, most clinic websites don't take the extra step needed to ensure success by adding a blog.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Surf, sand… and surgery? Inside the world of medical tourism
CNN
In 2014, it is estimated that more than 1 million Americans left the country to seek care abroad. Why fly halfway around the world for care? Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock finds out.
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Global medical tourism market predicted to grow 20 percent by 2019
Business Wire
The global medical tourism market to grow at a CAGR of 19.38 percent over the period 2014-2019, according to new data from Research and Markets. Key drivers are the rising costs of health care in the U.S. and the growing number of uninsured people.
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Are mail-order viruses the new antibiotics?
BuzzFeed News
Hundreds of people have caught hellish bacterial infections and turned to Eastern Europe for a century-old viral therapy. With the world on the cusp of an antibiotics crisis, should we all follow suit?
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