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Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months
Rosemary Sparacio
The Affordable Care Act has survived one repeal attempt in the Supreme Court, as well as more than 50 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, President Barack Obama's signature legislation faces yet another significant challenge to its existence. In the current case before the Supreme Court (King v. Burwell), a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs this June would essentially cut off the health care law's tax credits/subsidies in roughly two-thirds of the states. Additionally, many Americans are still unaware of the penalty that will be assessed for those who have not signed up for coverage by April 15.
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ASSOCIATION UPDATES


More certified surveyors needed to meet rising demand
AAAASF
In an effort to meet the increasing demand for accreditation and oversight, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is seeking certified surveyors. Click here to see if you qualify. AAAASF has scheduled a training workshop for Friday, May 15, in Montreal, in conjunction with the ASAPS annual meeting. Please click here for further information and registration specifics. Attendance is FREE for physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists in AAAASF accredited facilities. CME credits are offered through ASAPS, and future survey work conducted on behalf of AAAASF is compensated.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Top surgeons' tips on making patients feel more comfortable in the buff
Plastic Surgery Practice
From drawing the blinds to keeping the exam room warm, here are some tips from plastic surgeons on how to reduce patient anxiety during the sometimes awkward interactions arising from consults that require patients to disrobe.
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New antibody treatment blocks immune signaling protein crucial to psoriasis
News-Medical
Many patients suffering from psoriasis showed significant recovery after just a single dose of an experimental treatment with a human antibody that blocks an immune signaling protein crucial to the disease, researchers report.
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Laser treatment could turn brown eyes blue
Mashable
Driving home after having some pigment spots removed from his skin by laser, Gregg Homer wondered what would happen if you used a similar laser on the eyes. An inventor who had a Ph.D in biology, Homer did a little research and quickly realized the potential of the idea.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Plastic surgeons say new 'doc fix' bill will freeze physician salaries
Healthcare Dive
A House plan intended to fix Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula is being opposed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which says the bill includes a 10-year pay freeze for physicians.
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Tenet forms JV to create largest US ambulatory surgery provider
Reuters
Tenet Healthcare Corp. said it would create the largest provider of ambulatory surgery services in the United States through a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International, with the option to buy USPI over five years.
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Adapting commercial spaces for outpatients
Health Facilities Management
Renovating commercial spaces into health care facilities can be a cost-effective alternative to building new.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Providers plan to pursue Medicare's chronic care management program
Scott E. Rupp
Kryptiq conducted a benchmark survey to gauge providers' pursuit of the newly available payments in light of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starting to reimburse providers last Jan. 1. They found 76 percent of respondents plan to organize and structure their services so they are better able to meet chronic care management program requirements within the next six months.
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Remote patient monitoring: 9 promising technologies
InformationWeek
From telemedicine robots to toilet sensors, remote patient monitoring technology continues to win venture capital. These nine startups have landed funding in the past year.
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EMR systems generating a new set of problems for nurses
Joan Spitrey
One of the biggest proposed purposes and benefits of the electronic medical record was improved patient care and safety. Gone would be the days of "team reading" of illegible doctor's orders and of reciting data to providers over the phone — now they would have remote, instant access to any patient's records. The future was looking bright, safer and more efficient. Until it wasn't.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Prehab: How to bounce back faster from surgery
Consumer Reports via The Washington Post
Many people enter rehab programs after surgery to help them recover more easily. But improving your physical and emotional health beforehand may get you out of the hospital faster, reduce complication risks and speed healing.
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Hit a hole-in-one with your patient engagement strategy
WebPT
Physical therapists tackling patient marketing for the first time can fall into the same trap as first-time golfers who buy the most expensive and extensive gear — without knowing how to use it.
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New study examines active approach to back pain
Tribune News Service via The Spokesman-Review
A new approach to treating lower back pain advises practioners not let patients shut down. Remain active. Push through the pain so it doesn't become chronic. To study that concept, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded the University of Pittsburgh $14 million over five years to lead a national trial to test whether a more aggressive European treatment can better prevent acute lower back pain from becoming a chronic condition in which the level of pain magnifies and is more difficult and expensive to treat.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Outbound medical tourism from US is growing rapidly
Travel Daily News
The number of Americans traveling abroad for medical procedures continues to increase. Patients Beyond Borders estimates that approximately 1.2 million Americans went to a foreign country for medical care in 2014, compared to 900,000 Americans in 2013. The rapid growth in medical tourism is a testament to the increasing consumer demand for low-cost treatment overseas.
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China's young lose face in the pursuit of beauty
ECNS
A growing number of Chinese women have traveled to the Republic of Korea for cosmetic surgery but have been left with lasting physical — and emotional — scars after botched operations.
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The patient abroad: Motivations and impact of medical tourism
Medical Marketing & Media
Approximately 11 million people were medical tourists in 2013, generating a market worth over $50 billion. While obtaining accurate data is challenging, estimates suggest the global medical tourism market is expanding by 25 percent each year.
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