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New technology, procedures fuel rise in plastic surgeries
Newswise
New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that plastic surgery procedures are on the rise, up 3 percent for cosmetic procedures and 2 percent for reconstructive procedures over the previous year. UT Southwestern plastic surgeons say the increased interest may be driven in part by patients' growing awareness of options and new techniques.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Spray-on polymer mats seal surgical incisions
Chemical & Engineering News
To supplement or even replace sutures, researchers have proposed applying sticky, biodegradable mats of polymer nanofibers onto surgical incisions to seal them and promote healing. But existing methods of depositing such mats aren't compatible with living cells and tissues. Now, researchers have demonstrated that they can spray polymer nanofibers directly onto biological tissues using an airbrush from a hardware store.
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Some unconventional therapies may be worth a closer look
Dermatology Times
Active chemicals found in the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) have important benefits for a variety of skin disorders, according to one expert who spoke at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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Don't be afraid to treat acne in pregnant patients
Skin & Allergy News
When it comes to treating pregnant women with acne, Dr. Jonette Keri's goal is to prevent scarring. Her main message: There are several safe treatment options for women before, during and after pregnancy, so don't be afraid to use them.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Growing together: Share your facility's best practices, insights
AAAASF
We would like to encourage AAAASF members to submit a short piece, 100-150 words, for publication in the AAAASF Week In Review. Any topic is welcome (other than what is already included on your website). Share your insight and best-practice tips on:
  • Smooth operation of your surgi-center
  • Medical/legal issues
  • Surgical tips or "traps"
  • Treatment trends
  • Patient education/compliance techniques
  • Any topic that can help colleagues improve their professional practice
Please send articles to Dr. Peter Fodor. Be sure to include your facility's website address and your contact information; your facility's website will be linked in the article. Publication will be at the discretion of AAAASF.

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Florida changes CE verification for licensees
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health has issued a memo alerting practitioners to a change in its license renewal process. Under the new steps, a licensee's compliance with the states continuing education requirements will be verified at the time of license renewal.
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ICD-10: 5 tips on how your bank can help
ICD10 Monitor
As healthcare providers across the nation prepare for the upcoming conversion to ICD-10, projected financial impacts should be factored into planning efforts. As you prepare for the conversion, the magnitude of the coming changes that will affect your employees, your patients and your bottom line should not be underestimated. There are practical expenses and potentially hidden costs you should be planning for today.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Urgent care centers aim to fill health need
The Associated Press via The Town Talk
For many people, urgent care clinics provide a lower-cost, more accessible alternative to doctors' offices and hospital emergency rooms. According to the American Academy of Urgent Care, the number of these walk-in, stand-alone urgent care facilities has increased from 8,000 to 9,300 within the past five years, and about 50 to 100 new clinics open every year.
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FTC cautions against overbroad regulation of nurse practitioners
Mintz Levin Health Care Antitrust Alert
The Federal Trade Commission actively urges the opening of healthcare markets to a broader range of providers. In a new policy paper, the agency advocates for the expansion of APRN scope of practice and cautions state officials about physician supervision requirements.
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Walk-in clinics expected to double in number despite consumer hesitancy
Medill Reports
While the number of retail health clinics in the U.S. is expected to double in the next two years, some consumers are wary of the quality of care they receive at these convenient care centers.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


New APTA site offer evidence-based document resources
APTA
Whether you're first exploring evidence-based care issues, looking for information on how to create clinical practice guidelines or trying to learn about ways to conduct guideline appraisals, the Resources for the Development of Evidence-Based Documents site can help.
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Proposal would eliminate Medicare physician self-referral loophole
PT Products
The American Physical Therapy Association reports that President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2015 seeks to exclude therapy services, including physical therapy, from the in-office ancillary services exception of the Stark self-referral laws for the second straight year.
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Special issue of journal explores work-related musculoskeletal disorders
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
The CDC estimates Americans visit their doctors a whopping 70 million times each year seeking treatment for musculoskeletal disorders, many of which are caused by on-the-job activities. This group of painful disorders, usually affecting the muscles, nerves and tendons, are often brought on by repetitive work tasks and can cost employers a premium in lost productivity and increased healthcare expenses.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Medical tourist or international patient?
International Medical Travel Journal
Ian Youngman, author of Medical Tourism Facts and Figures 2014, highlights the issue of measuring medical tourism numbers and the problem of differentiating between the international patient and the medical tourist.
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'Stem cell tourism' takes advantage of patients, says law professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Desperate patients are easy prey for unscrupulous clinics offering untested and risky stem cell treatments, says UW-Madison law and bioethics Professor Alta Charo, who is studying "stem cell tourism."
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Medical tourism on rise in land down under
Medical Tourism Magazine
Australian hospital administrators and doctors say a small but increasing number of wealthy patients from Asia, the United States and New Zealand are traveling to Australia for treatments, such as orthopedic and heart surgeries, cancer services and in vitro fertilization.
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