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Highest, lowest paid specialties for 2014
Physician's Money Digest
In keeping with past results, orthopedics reported the highest physician compensation, according to the annual Medscape Physician Compensation Report.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Applied Silicone launches adhesive gels for scar management
Med Device Online
Applied Silicone Corp.'s new medical-grade silicone gel sticky pads have been designed to offer a wound care solution that helps improve scar management.
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Bonding over beauty: Growing trend of mother-daughter cosmetic surgery
News.Gnom.es
One key component to better results and recovery after cosmetic surgery is having a strong support system. A recent twist on this idea is mother-daughter plastic surgery.
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  The Top 10 Metrics to Maximize Your Practice's Revenue

MediGain has analyzed the top physicians offices around the country and compiled the Top 10 Metrics they use to maximize their practice's revenue. You can't manage what you can't measure. Here are 10 metrics that you can track so you can spend more time providing quality health care for your patients. Plus, you will end up with more cash at the end of the day/month/year.
 


AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Crash course in case costing
Outpatient Surgery
You can literally save your facility tens of thousands of dollars by switching out expensive surgical supplies for more economic options that will achieve the same clinical results. To do so, however, you must calculate your case costs for your highest-volume and highest-cost procedures, and then find affordable alternatives for high-priced items.
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The price of the ICD-10 delay
Pamela Lewis Dolan
As the debate took place over whether the transfer to the ICD-10 code set should be delayed or go on as scheduled, one statistic was often repeated: a one-year delay would cost the healthcare system between $1 billion and $6.6 billion. Now that a delay is official, many are left with uncertainty over the actual costs they're facing.
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Vermont medical board issues new rules for prescribing opiates
Burlington Free Press
The Vermont Medical Practice Board has issued new rules aimed at preventing abuse of prescription opioids when doctors are treating patients for pain. The 21-document, made public in mid-April, is the panel's first update on rules for prescribing opioids for pain in nine years.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


More states consider autonomy for NPs
MedPage Today
Three more states have taken steps to allow nurse practitioners to work without oversight by a doctor in an effort to alleviate physician shortages: Nebraska, New York and Connecticut are all in various stages of granting more freedom to NPs.
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ACA leads to telehealth adoption among insurers
Insurance & Technology
The Affordable Care Act's focus on population health and cost-cutting is encouraging providers and insurers to invest in remote healthcare technologies.
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New Medicare data reveal startling $496 million spent on chiropractors
Forbes
Recently, the U.S. government released a huge data set detailing how it spent $77 billion in Medicare funds in 2012 to over 880,000 healthcare providers. The release of this data is part of a new transparency effort by the government, which many applaud. The data reveal some troubling things.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


How to implement a patient fees collection plan in your practice
Heidi Jannenga
It's important not to waive patient fees. So what to do instead? Develop a system or procedure to collect all patient fees (including copays, deductibles, coinsurance and payment for noncovered services and supplies) at the time of service.
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Research: Massage improved blood flow, promoted healing
dailyRx News
Shane Phillips, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has shared research results quantifying the healing effects of massage in people with exercise-induced injuries.
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Rx for medical nutrition therapy?
The Meadville Tribune
Nutrition is a vital part of being well, and an even more important part to getting well (or healing). So why isn't medical nutrition therapy more widespread?
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


First medical tourism awards tout top treatment trips
CNN
The worldwide medical tourism industry is said to be growing by up to 25 percent each year as patients with passports head abroad for procedures costing as much as 80 percent less than at home. Partly fueled by 1.2 million Americans, it's a sector now estimated to be worth up to $55 billion. But where are the best destinations for medical tourism?
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Latest plan for Dubai to become a major medical tourism destination
International Medical Travel Journal
The latest plan seeking to make Dubai a major medical tourism destination is more detailed than earlier attempts. The plan up until 2016 includes a dedicated portal for medical tourism as well as special medical tourism packages to be promoted in international markets.
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New MRSA superbug emerges in Brazil
Infection Control Today
An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, MD, PhD, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
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