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New service ranks surgeons and surgery centers
Outpatient Surgery
A new service billing itself as an "Angie's List" for surgeons and surgery centers is up and running. Exclusive Surgeries Network lets surgeons and ambulatory surgery centers connect directly with patients through a limited networking system. The company says it works with employers who want their employees to have access to the group's list of top ASCs and doctors.
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ASSOCIATION UPDATES


Certified surveyor training: Sign up today
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. 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. Please click here for further information and registration specifics.
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Visit AAAASF at ASAPS Booth #1622
AAAASF
Please join AAAASF in Montréal for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's 48th Annual Meeting. The Aesthetic Meeting 2015 will take place May 14-19 at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal. Visit booth #1622 to help us celebrate our 35th anniversary!
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Noninvasive cosmetic surgery can deliver confidence, at a cost
The New York Times
A growing number of people are spending tens of thousands of dollars to look a little bit better. These aren't the people going under the knife to stretch their face taut, suck out the effects of overeating or inflate, deflate or reinflate parts of their bodies. Instead, these are people who believe a little work will make a difference in their careers and their perceptions of themselves and can afford to pay for it.
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Healing gel made with patient's own blood
Daily Mail
A gel made from patients' own blood could help heal burns more quickly — and stop wounds from getting worse. The gel contains platelet-rich plasma, a concentrated mix of substances in the blood that play a role in healing.
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Ultherapy: Cut wrinkles without knives
WAFB
Ultherapy is one of the hottest trends in cosmetic surgery, mainly because it's not surgery at all. Originally developed to treat wrinkles on the face and neck, it can now be used to smooth other areas of the body and even help out in the heat.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Rising antibiotic shortages raise concerns about patient care
Infection Control Today
Shortages of key antibiotics, including gold-standard therapies and drugs used to treat highly resistant infections, are on the rise, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. The trends raise serious concerns about the effects on patient care, particularly for infections without effective alternative treatment options.
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Should hospitals compete in the health insurance market?
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
"I believe in capitalism, and I believe that a company shouldn't be ashamed of trying to make a profit. After all, staying in business is the name of the game," writes Dr. Jonathan Kaplan. "But when it comes to your health, entities involved in healthcare should care about your well-being in addition to caring about making money."
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CommonWell continues to expand with strong signs of interoperability
Scott E. Rupp
The big movement that is the CommonWell Health Alliance continues to make waves as it attempts to reach further into the health care stratosphere.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Physician burnout heavily influenced by leadership behaviors
HealthLeaders Media
Researchers find a "very strong relationship between [physician] satisfaction and burnout and the leadership behaviors of physician supervisors" in large health care organizations.
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Microsoft's big telemedicine move
mHealth News
Just a few days before Google officially shuttered its Helpouts telehealth initiative, rival Microsoft revealed an effort all its own. But there's one notable difference: While Google's Helpouts essentially relied on "engaged and loyal" physician contributors, Microsoft's video service will tap into MDLive's physician network to offer telemedicine services to potentially millions of patients.
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Arizona turns to telemedicine as physician shortage threatens care
FierceHealthIT
Technology is expanding health care in states such as Arizona at a time when a shortage of physicians threatens the reach of care.

Related: Bid to expand telemedicine falters in Florida Legislature (The Gainesville Sun)

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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Bioactive gel to treat knee injuries being developed
University of Iowa Health Care via ScienceDaily
Current surgical options for repairing damaged cartilage caused by knee injuries are costly, can have complications and often are not effective in the long run. But an orthopedics research team is working on a biologic solution — an injectable gel that encourages self-healing of cartilage — with hopes it will result in a minimally invasive, practical, and inexpensive approach for repairing cartilage and preventing osteoarthritis.
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New Texas study shows patients benefit from direct access to PT
PRWeb
A recently published study by the University Health System in San Antonio found that neuromuscular patients who accessed physical therapy immediately at an urgent care center underwent fewer tests and procedures resulting in significantly lower health care costs compared to patients referred to physical therapists for a separate visit.
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Time to pony up: The secret to collections letters that work
Charlotte Bohnett
Thanks to mobster movies, we all fear the repercussions of unpaid debt. While receiving a past-due notice isn't quite the same as a meathead pummeling you, both methods of money collection deliver swift blows.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


American medical tourist dies during plastic surgery in Santo Domingo
Deccan Chronicle
Dominican authorities have shut down a plastic surgery clinic as they investigate the death of a U.S. woman who traveled to the Caribbean country to undergo a liposuction procedure, officials said April 27.
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UN report finds world's rural populations excluded from health care access
New Kerala
The majority of the world's rural populations continue to live and work without essential health care services, in stark contrast to their urban-dwelling counterparts, according to a new report from the United Nations International Labor Organization.

Related: 5 billion people lack access to surgical care (FierceHealthcare)

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Draft guidance outlines clinical data acceptance from studies outside US
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted draft guidance on the Acceptance of Medical Device Clinical Data from Studies Conducted Outside the United States. When finalized, this guidance will provide information on FDA's policy of accepting scientifically valid clinical data from foreign clinical studies in support of premarket submissions for medical devices.
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