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Is US on the verge of a new health economy?
Government Health IT
With consumers entranced by fast-evolving technologies and accustomed to price competition, healthcare is set to be transformed by innovations from other sectors of the economy such as retail and telecommunications, according to a new study by PwC's Health Research Institute.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


3-D printing and its impact on the medical implant industry
Hannah Whiteoak
Researchers all over the world are working on developing new implants that are produced using 3-D printing. This highly flexible manufacturing technique could massively improve the range and quality of implants that are available.
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Treating post-mastectomy pain with ambulatory paravertebral nerve blocks
Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine
In this randomized, triple-masked, placebo-controlled study, researchers aimed to determine if benefits are afforded by adding a multiple-day, ambulatory, continuous ropivacaine paravertebral nerve block to a single-injection ropivacaine paravertebral block after mastectomy.
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  The Top 10 Metrics to Maximize Your Practice's Revenue

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Video-based info increases men's skin health awareness
HealthDay via Medical Xpress
Exposure to video-based education increases men's skin awareness and attendance at whole-body clinical skin examinations, according to a study published in the April issue of JAMA Dermatology.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


3 marketing mistakes healthcare practices make
Dermatology Times
If offering "free consultations" is your primary mode of marketing your practice to bring in new patients, you may want to rethink your strategy.
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CMS surprises industry with Medicare Advantage pay increase
Pamela Lewis Dolan
After proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut in reimbursement to insurers in the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare made a surprise announcement and said there would, instead, be a 0.4 percent increase. This is the second year Medicare has reversed proposed cuts despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act to bring pay parity between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
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3 trends driving retail health clinic expansion
Fierce Healthcare
Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country. Management consulting firm Accenture predicts retail clinic numbers will almost double to nearly 3,000 by 2015, driven by key industry trends.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Sample dermatology protocol for nurse practitioners
Advance for Nurse Practitioners
Dermatology protocols are no different from other protocols and should be an outline of any practice agreement between supervising or collaborating physicians and nurse practitioners.
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How nurses can help with the challenges of the ACA
Keith Carlson
As the Affordable Care Act continues to become implemented more robustly, what responsibility do nurses carry vis-à-vis the education of our patients regarding the promises and challenges of this historic legislation?
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Innovative approaches to healthcare delivery
Insead
Healthcare innovation isn't just about new drugs and therapies but also service delivery, where front line clinics play a crucial role in new ways of operating.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Assess, don't assume
Mike Reinold
We have all been guilty of getting stuck in our box of techniques. Every time we go to a new seminar or learn something new on the Internet, we try it on everyone. Perhaps we get lucky and hit a bulls eye on a few of those people. But just because it works on one patient doesn't mean it will work on the next person.
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The importance of collections: Avoid writing off copays
Heidi Jannenga
Today, copays are the norm, and they're only becoming more costly. To top it off, many insurance plans have large deductibles that patients must meet before insurance will pay for anything. While it's obvious that these increased copays and deductibles put a burden on patients, they also burden physical therapy practices. How?
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The top 9 things you should know about pain
Move Forward PT
Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC, offers insight to the things physical therapists should know about pain as they interact with patients.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Top destination choices for medical tourism in 2014
Archita Datta Majumdar
The concept of medical tourism is an instant hit for two reasons: the promise of good treatment at half the cost and the added bonus of a vacation to a foreign land. Once the idea caught on, the travel and hospitality industry was quick to see the benefits of tying up with the medical community and expand the limits of this new business. According to the International Medical Travel Journal, 48 percent of the industry has seen a steady rise in international patient numbers in the last 12 months, while almost 76 percent expect more growth in the next 12 months.
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WHO issues guidelines for hepatitis C
SKNVibes
On 9 April, the World Health Organization issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C. These guidelines were released on the eve of the opening of the 2014 International Liver Congress, which will be attended by nearly 10,000 delegates in London.
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Whooping cough bacterium evolves in Australia
University of New South Wales via Medical Xpress
The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed in Australia — most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease — with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows.
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