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TEDMED: The 'zombie doctor apocalypse' is here
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Physicians, wake up! You no longer need to be one of the walking dead. You have the power to create positive change and return to the reason you chose this career in the first place, according to an internist presenting at TEDMED 2013. Zubin Damania, M.D., director of health care development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, hinted at a burnout problem in the profession during his stage presentation "Are Zombie Doctors Taking Over America?"
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


5 minimally invasive spine surgery trends at ASCs
Becker's ASC Review
Hallett Mathews, MD, MBA, is the executive vice president and chief medical officer of New York City-based Paradigm Spine LLC, a non-fusion spinal implant and device technology manufacturer. He predicts these four outpatient surgery trends will have a substantial impact on spine physicians.
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Your op notes in court: Suit-proof your documentation
Outpatient Surgery
In a malpractice case, the medical record can be your best friend — or your worst enemy. Documentation is the story of the patient's experience across the continuum of care. But if your facility is sued for malpractice, the medical record will suddenly become invaluable as a legal document.
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Nationwide recall underway for Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy, a division of Axium Healthcare Pharmacy Inc., of Lake Mary, Fla., is voluntarily recalling all lots of its sterile non-expired drug products due to a lack of sterility assurance and concerns with product quality controls. Healthcare facilities and healthcare providers that have received sterile products from Balanced Solutions should immediately check their medical supplies, quarantine the products and follow the recall instructions from Balanced Solutions.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


New website will disclose health industry payments to doctors
Kaiser Health News
For the first time, the government will make information about financial relationships between doctors, teaching hospitals and drug manufacturers publicly available.
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ASC Administrator Boot Camp revised and improved
AORN
Building on the success of previous years and incorporating some of the industry's best practices, AORN has revised and improved its ASC Administrator program. To reflect the changes in content and structure, the program has been renamed the ASC Administrator Boot Camp. This two-day, intensive, face-to-face workshop is followed by 11 online learning modules to be completed over a four-month period, as well as ongoing support from AORN and other Boot Camp alumni. It is the only program of its kind! AORN will offer the program three times in 2013, with the first offering May 20-21 at AORN headquarters in Denver. For more information and to register go here. Don't wait, though — space is limited!
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The rise of fast food medicine
HIT Consultant
Margalit Gur-Arie discusses how experimenting with fast food medicine delivery models could potentially reduce costs while preserving quality of care. Do similar efforts underway in England and India point the way for a U.S. health system struggling with uncertainty arising from legislation?
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Louisiana considers direct access for physical therapy
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House Bill 569, awaiting review in committee, would cut out the middle man for anyone seeking physical therapy.

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Why mechanical ventilation?
By Scott May
Artificial ventilation has physical and biochemical factors contributing to lung injury and hemodynamic side effects. Yet there are benefits of using a mechanical ventilator.

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6 tips to breeze through your next accreditation
Becker's ASC Review
Clear documentation and facility-wide buy-in are the underpinnings of successful accreditation review processes, according to a panel of ASC experts.

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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


'Big Med' and telemedicine
mHIMSS
There has been increasing attention to the rise of "Big Med," a term relating to the accelerating trend in mergers, acquisitions and affiliations that are taking place throughout healthcare. Coupled with this is the use of new approaches in the delivery of care that adapts strategies used in retail and other sectors. The trend is leading to major shifts in healthcare.
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Help FDA help patients have a bigger voice
FDA Voice
FDA has long been developing ways to increase patients' interest and participation in the agency's work and in the policies and decisions that affect them. A new site, FDA Patient Network, launched this week after being designed from the ground up to focus entirely on patients, writes FDA head Margaret Hamburg, MD.
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The impending doctor shortage: Do you really need a doctor anymore?
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
The fallout and unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act continues. With so many more people being brought into the "insured" category with the expansion of Medicaid across the country, the very real concern is there will be an instant shortage of physicians. Since it takes at least seven years to turn college graduates into fully accredited doctors, the shortage can't be fixed immediately. So how is the U.S. coping with this healthcare crisis? Here are a few approaches.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Physical therapy team teaches new technique: Dry-needling
The 1st Infantry Division Post
More than a dozen physical therapists, representing military installations across the region and the nation, visited Fort Riley, Kan., April 5-7 to learn some of the finer points of dry-needling, a relatively new and highly portable physical therapy technique that is used to relieve muscular pain and discomfort.
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Looking beyond massage for cervical muscular tension
By Heidi Mills
The purpose of this article is to address the current culture of using massage alone to treat postural-pain conditions in the cervical and upper thoracic regions. A good deep-tissue or sports massage may be beneficial in easing muscle tension and its associated side effects on a short-term basis, but in reality the pain will soon return when the client goes back to his or her normal movement patterns and positions. The job of the PT or AT should instead be to determine the cause, educate the patient and help him or her take control of and correct the underlying cause of pain.
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Hip preservation: Reality check on training
Orthopedics
Recently, the use of hip arthroscopy has increased rapidly and is considered the fastest growing field in sports surgery. A steady flow of research focused on patient outcomes, radiographic analyses, basic science and innovative surgical techniques is being accumulated. As a result, ongoing alterations and improvements in surgical techniques around the hip joint are pushing the limits of what we thought could be done through two small puncture holes.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Focusing on patient safety in Costa Rica
Luciano Retana Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry
Since 2009, Dr. Luciano Retana and his staff at the Accredited facility Luciano Retana Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry have worked diligently to maintain patient safety through accreditation, careful development of protocol and quality patient education — which is key when serving a patient base of medical tourists in Costa Rica.
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Back injury leads physician to develop medical travel program
The Advocate
How does a Baton Rouge, La., physician go about establishing a full-service medical tourism program? For Dr. Arnold Feldman, the first step was hurting his back 10 years ago. Thus began the Feldman Institute Travel Program. The dollar value of this sort of medical tourism, as it is called, is unclear. But some employers have embraced domestic medical travel as a way to reduce hospital spending.
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Facilities lure medical tourists through new social media channel
PRWeb via SeattlePI.com
MyMEDHoliday.com has joined Twitter for better two-way interaction with online searchers looking for medical tourism destinations. The site already features detailed profiles of more than 400 healthcare facilities in Singapore, India, Malaysia and Thailand.
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