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IOM identifies 17 social factors to collect in EHRs
Oncology Practice Digital Network
The Institute of Medicine has identified the top 17 social and behavioral areas that should be addressed in all electronic health records to improve health outcomes and advance public health research efforts. The IOM compiled the list as a guide for federal officials who are currently developing criteria for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program for EHRs, slated to begin in 2017.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Surgeons inject spine with patient's own fat in 'promising' new treatment
Daily Mail
Fat taken from the stomach is being tested as a new way to treat painful backs: Surgeons are injecting those stem-cell-rich fat cells into the discs in the spine.
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Hyaluronic acid filler treatment for mid-face volume lasted up to 2 years
Healio
Hyaluronic acid filler treatment effectively corrected loss of volume in the mid-face for up to two years, according to research presented at The Aesthetic Meeting in San Francisco.
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Post-op pain treatment actually a case of mind over matter
Medical Daily
An international research group that conducted a study analyzing patient satisfaction came to some surprising conclusions regarding post-operative pain treatments.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Florida Senate passes bill allowing medical tourism
The Associated Press and WFOR-TV
A bill that would market Florida as a destination for medical procedures has passed the Florida Senate. It would allow for grabbing the attention of national and international audiences.
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Study documents occupational exposure to waste anesthetic gases in PACU
Teleflex Inc. via News-Medical
A study published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing documents occupational exposure to waste anesthetic gases in the post-anesthesia care unit may be higher than standards recommend.
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Establish brand to boost aesthetic practice progress
Dermatology Times
Although they sell microchips rather than mommy makeovers, the technology startups of Silicon Valley provide lessons for dermatologists and other core aesthetic specialists, according to an expert.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Telemedicine's expanding options
Health Leaders Media
Spurred by new laws and policies that permit online teleconsultations, both payers and providers are exploring ways to enable patients' access to care in ways that also meet growing industry demands.
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Saving rural providers brings even more challenges
FierceHealthFinance
Rural healthcare faces a number of problems, including reimbursement obstacles and difficulty adding and sustaining health clinics.
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New smartphone apps help expand reach of medicine
Rosemary Sparacio
With smartphone use proliferating year by year, the ongoing research, development and availability of health apps is on the forefront of medicine and shows no signs of slowing down.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Diagnostic labels assigned by OCS PTs do not influence interventions
Forward Thinking PT
A recently published article in "Physical Therapy" set out to examine the diagnostic labels assigned by OCS-credentialed PTs and to determine if these influenced selection of interventions. The article has created a stir and reaction amongst some PTs, so let's take you through the process of this study, to help understand what, exactly, it tells us.
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External cause codes for your physical therapy practice
Brooke Andrus
Let's face it: the ICD-10 code set isn't exactly the most enticing reading material. But the external cause codes in Chapter 20 have elicited more than a few questions (along with a fair share of jokes). Here's the rundown on what's really going on with external cause codes.
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Neuropathic and psychogenic pain contribute to chronic musculoskeletal pain
medwireNews/Springer Healthcare Ltd. via News-Medical
A lack of appropriate treatment for neuropathic and psychogenic pain may cause patients with musculoskeletal pain to suffer a more chronic pain course, according to the latest results of an ongoing Japanese epidemiological study.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Survey: Medical tourism from Russia
eTurbo News
More Russians are making their presence known in major clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation centers around the world. A recent survey offers insight for practices looking to market their services to the Russian population.
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The rise of medical tourism in the UAE
Gulf News
With the Ministry of Health projecting over 1 million medical tourists visiting Dubai every year by 2020, Anthea Ayache finds out why so many people are coming out to the sun to go under the knife.
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Growing together: Share your facility's best practices, insights
AAAASF
We would like to encourage AAAASF members to submit a short piece, 100-150 words, for publication in the AAAASF Week In Review. Any topic is welcome (other than what is already included on your website). Share your insight and best-practice tips on:
  • Smooth operation of your surgi-center
  • Medical/legal issues
  • Surgical tips or "traps"
  • Treatment trends
  • Patient education/compliance techniques
  • Any topic that can help colleagues improve their professional practice
Please send articles to Dr. Peter Fodor. Be sure to include your facility's website address and your contact information; your facility's website will be linked in the article. Publication will be at the discretion of AAAASF.

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