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Maryland to limit where cosmetic surgeries are performed
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland is moving to toughen regulations on the fast-growing medspa industry — a move designed to narrow a "loophole" and prevent deaths such as one last year following a liposuction treatment at a Timonium facility. Regulations being discussed by state officials would bar plastic surgeons from performing liposuction and other procedures in medspas and medical offices unless the facilities are inspected by the government or third-party accrediting bodies, Maryland Secretary of Health Joshua Sharfstein said.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


It's time to add image-guided ENT
Outpatient Surgery
Image-guided technology might not yet be the standard of care in ENT ORs, but more surgeons are aware of its benefits during routine sinus surgery and its potential in pushing the boundaries of minimally invasive approaches that promise to speed healing for patients who'd otherwise face difficult roads to recoveries. If you haven't yet invested in the technology, you're at a serious disadvantage to those centers that have.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Why are other doctors making more money than you!

What are you doing wrong or right? The ASC Billing Specialists at MediGain are seeing it more and more as they work to increase revenue in Ambulatory Surgery Centers across the country; you have to “Get Back to Basics!” With more and more changes coming in healthcare it is even more important to have your team solid on the basics.
 


Study: Nitrous oxide might decrease surgical risks
DrBicuspid.com
Giving nitrous oxide as part of general anesthesia for noncardiac surgery doesn't increase the rate of complications and death and might even decrease the risk of such events, according to a pair of studies in Anesthesia & Analgesia.
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Regional anesthesia associated with fewer postoperative complications in orthopedic surgery patients
News-Medical.net
A study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology discovered that spinal or epidural anesthesia, types of regional anesthesia that numb patients from the abdomen to the toes, were associated with fewer postoperative complications and death than general anesthesia in patients undergoing primary hip or knee replacement.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Healthcare leaders expect big shift toward outpatient care
Modern Healthcare
As the care delivery models of hospitals and health systems evolve, healthcare executives and materials and practice area managers predict a major shift in admissions from inpatient to outpatient settings. According to Premier healthcare alliance's spring 2013 Economic Outlook, 69 percent of the survey participants predict that outpatient volume will rise in 2013, as compared to last year's volume. And as outpatient admissions are projected to increase, nearly 24 percent of respondents suggest that inpatient volume this year will drop.
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Green cleaning and healthcare facilities
By Stephen P. Ashkin
In its simplest terms, green cleaning means cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. It refers to the use of cleaning chemicals, tools, equipment and other products that have a reduced impact on health and the environment when compared to conventional cleaning products used for the same purposes. While the adoption of green cleaning strategies has moved quickly in some industries, such as education, commercial offices and hotel/hospitality, it has moved at a slower pace in many healthcare locations.
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Study: Mandatory flu testing for personnel enhances patient safety
Infection Control Today
As part of a comprehensive quality and patient safety program, a major national hospital network reported in the Journal of Healthcare Quality that more than 90 percent of its clinical personnel in the last three years received seasonal influenza vaccinations to help protect patients and co-workers from flu-transmission risk.
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5 minimally invasive spine surgery trends at ASCs
Becker's ASC Review
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Your op notes in court: Suit-proof documents
Outpatient Surgery
If your facility is sued for malpractice, the medical record can be your best friend — or your worst enemy.

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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


New study shows health differences between rural, urban dwellers
EIN Presswire
Just bring up the phrase "healthcare in America" and it may can start a major debate. Change that to "healthcare in rural America," and it might not stir anyone's imagination — but it should. A recent study by UnitedHealth Group points out that as many as 50 million people live in the country's rural communities. The report warns those rural citizens are not as physically healthy as their city-dwelling neighbors, nor do they have access to the same level of healthcare as those who live in cities.
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Australian practice develops video to share benefits of telehealth
Pulse+IT
Australia's Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local has released a new video resource aimed at encouraging general and specialist practitioners to consider telehealth for patients in aged care settings. The video features interviews with medical practitioners, aged care staff and a resident who discuss their telehealth experience.
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Mobile health: Making the business case
FierceHealthPayer
Mobile health brings new opportunities to connect with customers at any time and in any place. Public demand for it is soaring. The question is: By leveraging the mobile channel, can payers also improve quality and reduce costs?
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Physical therapy bill could save girl's life
KTVT-TV
A bill recently introduced in Washington, D.C., may provide the life-saving physical therapy a Keller, Texas, girl has been fighting to receive. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, introduced HR 1705, also called Kaitlyn's Law. It makes a small change clarification to the policy of TRICARE, the health service provider for military families, to allow horses to be used for physical therapy alongside benches, balance balls and boards.
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King-Devick Test: An effective concussion screening for athletes?
By Denise A. Valenti
Science has not progressed to the point of enabling us to know who is at risk after a concussion and when a concussive event ceases to be a danger of progressing or having long-term effects. Young athletes are particularly at risk as their brains are not yet fully developed, and little is known about long-term impact of head injury. Changes in brain tissue are known to occur in adolescents suffering concussion. Tests using visual function are proving to be promising in detecting a head injury that has created a concussion.
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Utah study: Early physical therapy can ease lower back pain
The Salt Lake Tribune
Lower back pain is ubiquitous. Just about everybody gets it at some point in time. But contrary to conventional belief, early intervention by a physical therapist may be appropriate for some patients, according to researchers at Intermountain Healthcare.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Droopy eyelids becoming most common complaint, facility finds
Duinbergenlaan Clinic
An eyelid correction, or blepharoplasty, is the most common facial operation requested, according to Duinbergenlaan Clinic, an Accredited facility. The surgery results in a small incision — but a big result, with no in-patient stay required.
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Israeli hospitals see 220 percent spike in revenue from medical tourism
Haaretz
Medical tourism to Israel is already growing by leaps and bounds, even before the expected upsurge in tourism that the recent approval of the Open Skies aviation agreement is expected to produce.
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After 2 years and 6,000 miles, Nigerian students march in PT graduation
Mlive.com
Two years of intense training and 6,000 miles later, some University of Michigan-Flint students will march to pomp and circumstance in graduation. They're students of UM-Flint's transitional training program for physical therapists in Nigeria, which began in 2011. The program will see its first graduates walk the stage May 5.
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