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Proposed rules would extend EHR safe harbor
Modern Healthcare (free registration)
The CMS and HHS inspector general's office have issued a pair of complementary proposed rules to extend 2006 waivers relaxing federal Stark and anti-kickback laws to promote the use of electronic health-record systems. The proposed rules would extend the Dec. 31 sunset provisions in the original rules to the end of 2016. They also drop an e-prescribing requirement in the original rules and amend language on what types of EHRs qualify for the waivers.
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Osteoarthritis surgery: Is it worth the risks?
Everyday Health
The only remedy for debilitating osteoarthritis hip pain is a hip replacement. However, doctors are often wary of opening up a patient because of post-operative complications. Are the short-term risks worth the long-term gain?
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Researchers find gene that could lead to safer blood transfusions
Medical News Today
With the discovery of the gene behind the Vel blood group, medical scientists can now develop a more reliable DNA test to identify people who lack this group. This will reduce the risk of severe, and sometimes life threatening, destruction of the Vel-positive donor red blood cells in patients with antibodies against Vel.
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5 ideas for surgeons to leverage online potential
Becker's ASC Review
Cheryl Zapata, chief development officer of Texas Back Institute, offers five ideas for spine surgeons to leverage online and Internet access to improve their relationship with patients and their clinical practice in the future.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


4 things doctors may actually like about ICD-10
Medscape News
Primary care physicians are up in arms about the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), and no doubt the new diagnosis system is complex and highly specific. But although the transition will create some upheaval and loss of time, in the long run ICD-10 may bring financial and clinical benefits for primary care doctors.
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AAN guideline recommends treatments for infectious tapeworm
American Academy of Neurology
The American Academy of Neurology has released an evidence-based guideline on treating neurocysticercosis, a tapeworm infection causing seizures that is common in developing countries and is now on the rise in developed countries, including the United States. The guideline is published in the April 9, 2013, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Copper surfaces slash the rate healthcare-acquired infections in ICU
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Placement of copper objects in intensive care units reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half, according to a new study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, in a special topic issue focused on the role of the environment in infection prevention.
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Home is where the health is: 'Telehealth' technology could improve outcomes
Scientific American
Mobile devices, microchipped meds and digital health records are among the tools available to keep patients and clinicians connected during convalescence.
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Can virtual colonoscopy expand screening to more patients?
EndoNurse
In the first study to examine appropriate utilization of computed tomography colonography among asymptomatic Medicare beneficiaries from 2007 to 2008, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that CTC was used appropriately and may have expanded colorectal cancer screening beyond the population screened with standard colonoscopy. The findings, led by Hanna M. Zafar, MD, MHS, are published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
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The future of mobile health
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Lately, the mobile healthcare industry seems preoccupied with trying to forecast its future. With the widespread proliferation of smartphones and the launch of thousands of new mHealth apps, it's not surprising that pundits and industry observers have gotten into the act of playing soothsayers for this rapidly growing market.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


McKenzie Program for low back pain
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According to renowned physical therapist Robin McKenzie, "It is estimated that over 80 percent of the world's population will at some stage of their lives develop at least one episode of severe back pain necessitating bed rest." With such astonishing statistics, it is important to know the most effective treatment technique for patients.
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Crashing down: Kevin Ware's horrific injury rare in basketball
By Denise A. Valenti
The images are graphic. Six minutes before halftime in the Louisville-Duke NCAA Tournament game, Kevin Ware landed from a jump with such momentum that it resulted in a horrific break of both his tibia and fibula. It was a freak accident, and both his teammates and the opposition ceased play and expressed shock. Ware underwent surgery, and the doctors are optimistic about a return to the game, perhaps as early as next season. The type of injury Ware experienced is rare in basketball, but lower leg injuries are not as unusual in other sports.
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Combination therapy lacking in efficacy for tennis elbow
Pain Medicine News
New data published in JAMA show that combination therapy with corticosteroid injections and physiotherapy did not provide long-term relief forlateralepicondylalgia (tennis elbow); in the case of corticosteroid use alone, an injection was actually linked to worse one-year outcomes and higher recurrence rates than placebo.
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Virtual consultation brings plastic surgery services in-home
COSMED Clinic
The first step of any plastic surgery procedure is to meet with one of a board-certified plastic surgeon. COSMED Clinic, a newly Accredited facility, makes that meeting easy and convenient by bringing it in-home via a virtual consultation.
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Deadly lessons from SARS spur global reaction to bird flu
Bloomberg
China's government is pledging openness in divulging details of a deadly bird flu outbreak, saying it won't repeat mistakes made during the SARS outbreak a decade ago that delayed response to the global contagion. Any doctors who fail to disclose cases promptly and accurately will be prosecuted, Liang Wannian, an official at China's National Health and Family Planning Commission, told reporters in Beijing.
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Las Vegas becoming medical tourist hot spot — especially for liposuction
Digital Journal
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has made it her top priority to encourage medical tourism to the Las Vegas area. She has pushed for medical tourism in her first two State of the City addresses. MyShape Lipo opened its doors in the greater Las Vegas area specifically with the intent to encourage medical tourism. A recent case study of 876 MyShape patients showed that 64.5 percent, or 565 patients, traveled from out of state and sometimes internationally for their liposuction procedure.
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