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Resource Guide offers updates on infection control, DVT
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Have you visited the AAAASF Resource Guide recently? Use this valuable tool to remain current with supplemental resources that relate to AAAASF Regular Standards. New updates on the AAAASF Resource Guide feature links to the CDC infection prevention guidelines, DVT and PE signs and symptoms, and a DVT Risk Assessment.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Salesmen in the surgical suite
The New York Times
A lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical Inc. heads to court in April, with the Washington plaintiff — a woman whose husband suffered permanent injuries as a result of robotic surgery — decrying the sales and marketing tactics being used to exert undue influence on training and certification.
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DIY health reform drops surgery costs by up to 90 percent
Forbes
Transparent pricing for healthcare services — a practice tested by the Surgery Center of Oklahoma — has the potential to reduce the costs of some surgeries by up to 90 percent, saving businesses and consumers billions of dollars. But only if the government removes the obstacles that exist now.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Bishop: Now is optimal time to push outpatient quality envelope
Government Health IT
Quality measurement and quality improvement efforts in the outpatient setting have neglected critical areas of high-quality care, writes Tara Bishop, MD, in a viewpoint article published March 21 in the online version of the Journal of the American Medical Association. She calls for outpatient settings to measure all six domains of quality set forth by the Institute of Medicine's 2001 report, "Crossing the Quality Chasm."
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What is fair payment for outpatient care?
HealthLeaders Media
New technologies make it possible for much of the care that used to require a hospital stay to now be delivered in an outpatient setting, but what happens to the provider payment when the site of care shifts? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment regularly tackles this important reimbursement question as it works to establish fair payment rates for outpatient care.
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5 regulatory and legislative changes impacting ASCs
Becker's ASC Review
From pending legislation in North Carolina to Medicare funding measures in the Senate, these five regulatory and legislative issues should be on the radar for leaders in ambulatory surgery centers.
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Can we trim 90 percent from surgery expenses?
Forbes
Transparent pricing for healthcare services has the potential to reduce the costs of some surgeries by up to 90 percent.

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Insurer presses ASCs about reimbursement
FierceHealthPayer
An Oregon insurer wants ASCs to sign contracts allowing reimbursement directly to patients; ASCs then would have to track down those checks.

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ICD-10 timeline checkup for medical practices
PhysBizTech
March marks a shift for small and medium-sized medical practices that are working on their ICD-10 transitions, according to CMS timelines.

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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Digital health comes of age
Forbes
AliveCor's new smartphone ECG is making waves, causing some to claim that digital health has taken a bold step forward — into the arena of clinical medicine and healthcare practice. The applications could be vast and significant.
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Health poll reveals where people go for care
The Bakersfield Californian via HealthLeaders Media
A telephone study of nearly 700 Kern County, Calif., residents last year found that people head outside the county in search of treatment for a variety of ailments. Survey participants listed cancer, orthopedic issues and learning disabilities as the conditions for which they most frequently venture outside the county to find care.
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Telehealth offers hopes for better access to specialists, lower costs
Stars and Stripes
Technological advances in telemedicine could soon allow military doctors to reach more patients, helping active-duty troops with everything from routine medical checkups to mental health counseling. In this burgeoning field, doctors might be able to connect via video conference with a depressed NCO sitting at home. Or a medic at a remote field hospital could use a smart phone to consult with doctors while trying to save a badly injured servicemember. In a more futuristic scenario, a surgeon could potentially operate on a patient remotely using highly sensitive robots and cameras.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Which knees need the knife?
Daily Rx
A burning question among orthopedic doctors is when is it appropriate to operate versus when to wait and prescribe physical therapy? In short, who needs the knife? A recent study found similar outcomes for osteoarthritis patients treated with surgery plus physical therapy versus physical therapy alone.
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Humanoid robot improves speech and physical therapy
AZoRobotics
In one of the earliest experiments using a humanoid robot to deliver speech and physical therapy to a stroke patient, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst saw notable speech and physical therapy gains and significant improvement in quality of life.
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Solution for chronic headaches: Physical therapy
MDNews
Pounding headaches caused by tension are the most common type of headache, affecting nearly 90 percent of people during their lifetimes. However, for about 1 in 7 Americans, headaches are not just an occasional occurrence — they are chronic. For chronic headaches, physical therapy may provide relief.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Medical tourism: A global stampede for affordable care
CNN
Medical tourism is booming, thanks to the massive savings that can be had if you're willing to trust in foreign doctors. In India, angioplasties go for around $11,000 — one-ninth the going rate in the United States. The facelift that rings in at $12,000 in Britain can be had for $1,800 in Brazil. These are the benefits medical tourists are increasingly discovering, a result of the growing awareness that no one country has a monopoly on healthcare and cheap doesn't necessarily mean poor quality.
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New York doctor works with health partners in Zimbabwe
Niagara Falls Review
Just one change, such as being able to get the right medication into the hands of doctors who can get it to their patients in places like Zimbabwe, can save hundreds of lives. "Even a little change can have a huge impact. Sometimes you go through a bunch of hoops and so forth, but that one move can save 200 kids' lives," said Dr. Artaj Singh, the lead physician at Primary Care Niagara, based in Niagara Falls and Welland, N.Y. Singh just returned from Zimbabwe where he worked on several projects for Health Partners International of Canada. He is the new chairman of the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health in the developing world.
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International health experts meet in Qatar
AMEinfo
International health experts assembled in Doha, Qatar, to attend the first Middle East and North Africa regional meeting co-hosted by the U.S.-based Association of Academic Health Centers International and Hamad Medical Corporation.
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