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As health system complexities rise, a new industry emerges
Pamela Lewis Dolan
If you want to learn about the complexities of the modern healthcare delivery system, there's no better person to ask than a physician. As patients now face more choices and assume more financial responsibility for their care than ever before, the navigator concept is emerging as a mainstream industry that is spreading across almost every medical discipline.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


ASPS: Number opting for breast lifts increase by 70 percent since 2000
HNGN
The number of women opting for breast lifts has increased by 70 percent since 2000. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal that for every breast implant procedure there were two lift procedures conducted.
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Textured breast implants pose greater risk of infection than smooth implants
Medical Xpress
New research shows that breast implants with a textured surface have a significantly higher chance of developing bacterial coating (biofilm) in comparison with smooth implants, in turn heightening the risk of infection, and implant discomfort or failure.
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Weight-loss surgery stymies diabetes better than drugs
Bloomberg
Weight-loss surgery may be a better way to treat diabetes than traditional drug therapy alone, according to a study that found the operation was more likely to keep the chronic condition at bay for at least three years.
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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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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Affordable Care Act's deadline day arrives — now what?
Ross Lancaster
March 31 marked the last day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's controversial and signature domestic policy achievement. Despite the well-publicized deadline, the White House has announced that those who have started the application process on HealthCare.gov will be granted an extension to complete the process.
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FDA clears Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot upgrade
Bloomberg
The FDA has cleared Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Xi, a more flexible system that will enable doctors to do more complex surgeries, CEO Gary Guthart said.
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Surge in online beauty treatment bookings made on Sunday evenings
SourceWire
As the summer fast approaches, many are becoming more conscious about their looks, which have been so far hidden under baggy jumpers and coats. It even seems that many are beating the Monday blues by spending their Sunday evening booking beauty treatments online.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Is Medicare too generous to rural healthcare providers?
Forbes
Medicare provides a financial incentive to rural healthcare providers, boosting their payment to encourage physicians to locate in such areas. But researchers are skeptical it's working as intended.
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Mobile health market poised for growth, despite obstacles
Pamela Lewis Dolan
The biggest challenges to widespread mobile health adoption in the U.S. are reimbursement and lack of regulatory clarification. But despite these challenges, the mobile health industry is expected to experience tremendous growth over the next few years and address many of the disparities plaguing healthcare in the U.S.
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Online doctor visits pegged as future of healthcare
WCVB-TV
It's being called the 21st century house call. Known as telehealth, it's a way for patients to connect with board-certified doctors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, live and online.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


A multidimensional individualized approach to plantar fasciitis treatment
Heidi Dawson
Plantar fasciitis is thought to affect around 10 percent of people at some point in their lifetime. For such a prevalent condition, we really should have its treatment down to a fine art by now, shouldn't we?
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Study: Extreme sports responsible for severe head, neck injuries
PT Products
A new study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that extreme sports are responsible for an increased risk of severe head and neck injuries.
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Kansas residents now have direct access to physical therapists
Louisburg Herald
Kansas has joined the majority of states providing the opportunity for direct physical therapy access to its consumers.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Low-cost paper microscopes could boost health in emerging regions
The Stanford Daily
A team of Stanford researchers has developed an ultra-low cost paper microscope that offers the potential for more effective disease diagnosis in developing regions.
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More men opting for cosmetic surgery in UAE
Dubai Chronicle
Cosmetic procedures and surgeries are traditionally perceived as a luxury reserved for wealthy women, but in recent years they have become more common in the United Arab Emirates, where doctors say 30 percent of the patients in cosmetic clinics are men.
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Low-cost Dominican Surgeries spark warnings by US
Sudan Vision
Concerns about the booming cosmetic surgery business in the Dominican Republic are enough of an issue that the U.S. State Department has posted a warning on its page for travel to that country, noting that in several cases U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died.
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