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Going further with minimally invasive exploratory surgery
Today's Medical Developments
New product integration makes surgical devices smaller and less expensive, even as it allows higher quality exploration of parts of the body. How can today's surgical devices impact your treatment techniques and your overall practice?
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Hyponasality, voice quality changes may occur after rhinoplasty
Plastic Surgery Practice
Rhinoplasty may affect voice quality, according to new research in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The changes are perceptible to patients and experts, but generally don't cause problems with speech function, the researchers report.
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Aesthetic Everything announces 2013 Top 10 list
News-Medical
Aesthetic Everything®, the only online social networking platform for the global aesthetic industry, has announced its 2013 Top 10 Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists in America.
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Scientists develop quick method for detecting staph infections
HealthCentral
Researchers have a developed a noninvasive chemical probe that can detect Staphylococcus aureus in less than an hour. Currently, doctors have to take a biopsy and send for analysis to detect staph infections.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


MedPAC: Freeze payments for ASCs in 2015
Outpatient Surgery
Neither ambulatory surgery centers nor hospital outpatient departments got good news when the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the independent commission that advises Congress on Medicare payment policy, released its final recommendation for Medicare pay rates in 2015.
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6 ways to avoid unintentional Medicare fraud
HealthLeaders Media
Mismanagement or sloppy business practices can quickly lead to trouble with Medicare fraud investigators, even when healthcare providers have no intention to defraud the government.
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Preference for minimally invasive surgeries driving demand for smart sutures
PRWeb
The growing patient preference for minimally invasive surgeries is driving the market for smart sutures that prevent infections and aid in wound healing and monitoring. A new trend report examines the suture product market and where it's heading.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Need to see a doctor quickly? Avoid Boston, try Dallas
NBC News
A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the country, which was taken before the health law expanded coverage, found that the average wait time for a new patient to see a physician in five medical specialties was 18.5 days.
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As more gain access to healthcare, mid-level practitioners step in
Inlander
Now that millions of Americans have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, some providers remain wary about how it could affect the nation's healthcare system — mostly how already strained providers will be able to provide quality care for the burgeoning number of newly insured patients.
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Telemedicine's role in reducing hospitalizations, generating Medicare savings
Health Affairs
Hospitalizations of nursing home residents are frequent and result in complications, morbidity and Medicare expenditures of more than $1 billion dollars annually. The lack of a physician presence at many nursing homes during off hours might contribute to inappropriate hospitalizations.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


When Medicare will pay for skilled nursing or physical therapy
Forbes
For years, it has been an article of faith that Medicare would not pay for services such as skilled nursing or physical therapy unless that care improved a patient's health status. It turns out that guideline — often called the "improvement standard" — never existed.
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Coping with therapy caps: What physical therapists need to know and do
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The Sustainable Growth Rate "fix" — good until the end of March — delays Medicare cuts but also creates challenges for physical therapists when it comes to ensuring full and optimal treatments for patients within strict Medicare guidelines and mandates.
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Discharge marketing: Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?
Jarod Carter
At a time when hospitals are purchasing medical practices and requiring that physical therapy referrals now stay "in house," and even nonorthopedic practices are starting physician-owned PT clinics, marketing directly to the public has become ever more important.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


UK: Liposuction rose by 41 percent last year
OnMedica
The number of cosmetic surgery procedures rose nearly 17 percent on average last year, with liposuction leading the way with a 41 percent increase, reveal the latest figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
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Using your practice's website for patient education
ABJ Surgery Center
Dr. James Pertsch, who heads up the AAAASF International Global Facility ABJ Surgery Center, performs a full schedule of hand and wrist surgeries every week of the year. To streamline the process and ensure patients are well-prepared, Pertsch and the staff at ABJ Surgery have turned the practice's website into a patient education opportunity, winnowing the site to simple pre-op instructions and post-op instructions.
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Czech Republic a mecca for medical tourism
Czech News Agency via Prague Post
More and more foreigners seek paid healthcare services, primarily plastic surgery, surgical treatment of obesity and assisted reproduction, in the Czech Republic, annually spending millions of dollars on them, the daily Právo reports.
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