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AAAASF recognizes March donors to educational foundation
AAAASF Educational Foundation
Dr. Robert Singer and the AAAASF Educational Foundation appreciate the donations made to AAAASF Educational Foundation in March. These donations will help support important educational programs for medical facilities, health care providers and patients, as well as provide public safety information. The donors are:

Mariam Awada, M.D. Stephen W. Gordon, M.D.
C. Bob Basu, M.D. Janice J. Izlar, CRNA, DNAP
Lisa Brooks, RN, CNOR Joseph M. Jabbour, M.D.
Jack G. Bruner, M.D., FACS Baruch Jacobs, M.D.
Kerry Entrekin, RN Valentyna Mino, RN
Ethel Feldman, RN Darrel Ranum, JD, CPHRM
Michael Frank, M.D. Harvey A. Sauer, M.D.

You may make a donation today by mailing to AAAASF Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 9500, Gurnee, IL 60031, by calling the AAAASF office at 888-545-5222 or by emailing Adriana@aaaasf.org.

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Have you signed up to become a certified surveyor?
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


Eye-opening combinations
MedEsthetics
Physicians are working with neurotoxins, dermal fillers and energy devices to synergistically rejuvenate the entire periorbital area.
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Alabama baby born without nose becomes social media star
International Business Times
One-month-old Eli Thompson, the Alabama baby born on March 4 without a nose, has become a social media star. Brandi McGlathery, his mother, made a Facebook page titled Eli's Story to keep herself busy while waiting for his release from the USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile.
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Next step in cosmetic dentistry: Matching facial aesthetics
PR Newswire
Cosmetic dentistry has been around for decades, but the field is constantly improving with each passing year. During this time, medical and technological pioneers have worked to develop new techniques and procedures that can now be used to give patients a truly perfect smile.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Hospital health plans heighten tensions with insurers
Modern Healthcare
In markets across the U.S., health systems and medical groups increasingly are competing against insurers to enroll employer groups and individual consumers in their health plans. Providers are eyeing the insurance market because they are entering global budget contracts and figure they might as well capture savings for themselves from their more efficient care delivery. But launching their own plans may also strain negotiations with insurers over rates and networks.
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Plastic surgeons: Website facelift will lead to more patients
Mike Campion on LinkedIn
There is so much information running rampant on what makes a good website. Here's why: 48 percent of users say that if they arrive on a site that isn't working well on their mobile device, they take it as an indication the business simply doesn't care.
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Bioengineers develop device to remove sutures during eye surgery
The University of Iowa
A device that helps surgeons to remove sutures more efficiently during eye surgery was one of five presentations given March 25 by students in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Senior Design program.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


2 telemedicine bills set to return to Congress
mHealthNews
Two telehealth bills proposed in 2013 and 2014 are set to be reintroduced to Congress, putting legislators back on track to discuss giving providers more opportunities to use telemedicine and be reimbursed for it.
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Multiple m-health markets set to experience growth
mHealth Intelligence
There are a number of aspects to the mobile health marketplace that are showing growth and point to the strong future of the industry. The push for quality of care has opened the door for innovation with mobile, telemedicine and remote monitoring stepping up to fill the gap.
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Research: The future of rural hospitals
Think NC First
The closing of a rural hospital can quickly become a public health crisis. Unfortunately, it's becoming a more frequent occurrence.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


MRI instead of PT for low back pain leads to $4,793 higher price
The Washington Post
When researchers looked at 841 people who sought care for back pain, they found that the ones sent first for MRIs were more likely to have surgery or injections, see a specialist or visit an emergency room than those who were first sent to physical therapists. And they (or their insurance companies) paid an average of $4,793 more.
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Study: Physical therapy equals surgery for certain lower back pain
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests.
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Exercising critically ill patients may help speed recovery
The Associated Press via The Inquirer
The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators. Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk even if they're tethered to life support. Now research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Dubai's plastic surgery boom continues
The National
The popularity of plastic surgery in the emirate continues to increase and shows no sign of abating, say surgeons. Dr. Maurizio Viel, a plastic surgeon based at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery, said there are now more plastic surgeons per capita in Dubai than in any other city in the world.
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Free reconstructive surgeries announced for minors
Dominican Today
The United States Embassy and the ministries of Defense and of Health will conduct the 11th Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Day free of charge, headed by a medical team from Walter Reed Military Hospital in Maryland, along with Dr. Arturo Grullon Children's Hospital of Santiago.
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Wait lists, treatment options drive patients to medical tourism
CTV Vancouver
Frustrated by long wait times to get care at home, a growing number of Canadians are turning to the pricey practice of medical tourism.
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