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AAAASF applauds the important work of nurses
AAAASF
During National Nurses Week May 6-12, AAAASF would like to extend a special thanks to nurses, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to their patients. They deserve special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in their profession.

Related: What is the origin of Nurses Week? (Joan Spitrey)
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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


Study examines storing, using reconstituted botulinum toxin A
Cosmetic Surgery Times
Storing vials of reconstituted botulinum toxin A (Botox, Allergan) for four weeks after patient administration results in no detectable bacterial or fungal contamination, according to a new pilot study.

Related: Can Botox help in cosmetic, reconstructive breast surgery? (Cosmetic Surgery Times)

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HAI reductions: Infection control nurses lead the way
Surgical Products
HAIs only show up in the news when there is a crisis. Within the past year, the two biggest stories have been the struggle with Ebola, and the recent superbug incidents on the West Coast. During these times, providers must keep in mind the importance of building and maintaining infection control standards.
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People want radiology reports, discussions with docs
Reauters Health via Medical Daily
Most patients want to receive imaging results directly from the doctor who sent them for scans, but many also want to see their radiology reports, a survey finds.
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Medicare's value-based care payments gaining momentum
HealthLeaders Media
An evaluation of Medicare's payment reform efforts finds that "40 percent of every dollar in the commercial market was flowing to value-oriented payment methods," a nonprofit coalition of employer and health care purchasers says.
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What CMS envisions for physician quality reporting programs
Christina Thielst
Data-driven and value-based decision making is here to stay, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been one of the drivers of this change in healthcare. The new CMS Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision will help them to evolve, making better use of data collected and adding value for their stakeholders.
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Health facilities stay ready for change
Health Facilities Management
To allow hospitals and health systems to make the most of capital investments and keep pace with changing care protocols, technology, demographics, reimbursement structures, regulatory environments and patient expectations, health care design professionals are working to create facilities with built-in flexibility to meet current and future needs.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


HHS, USDA invest $1 billion in rural health, care coordination
HealthIT Analytics
The Department of Health and Human Services has helped to lead the way towards better care coordination for patients and providers in rural areas by generating $1 billion in rural health care funding.
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Telemedicine reimbursement and licensure expands in state regulations
HealthLeaders Media
At its annual meeting, the American Telemedicine Association reports that 24 states now require that health care received via telemedicine be paid the same as in-person services.
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Virtual visits gaining ground
Faegre Baker Daniels via JD Supra
Telehealth services are in-demand and, quite literally, on-demand. Patients are increasingly seeking out health services via real-time synchronous audio-video encounters with health care providers.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Simplifying neck assessment for massage therapists
Heidi Dawson
The cervical spine is a complex area and is often seen as intimidating by therapists of all levels, especially when first starting out. However, it doesn't need to be so daunting.
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Future implications of the increase in middle-aged hip replacements
Dorothy L. Tengler
More than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, and that number is expected to increase to 500,000 by the year 2030. The number of THRs nearly doubled among middle-aged patients from 2002-2011, primarily because of the increasing middle-aged U.S. population.
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New fixes for worn knees
The Wall Street Journal via Business Day
Scientists have created artificial replacements for arms, legs, joints and other body parts. But developing an artificial meniscus — the shock-absorbing cartilage pad in the knee that millions of people damage every year — has eluded modern medicine.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Visionary dentist bridges gap in Phuket dental market
Phuket Gazette
Medical tourism and the hordes of foreign customers it brings to Thailand and Phuket's shores is on a steady rise, with the Tourism Authority of Thailand reporting more than 2.5 million international patients traveling to the Kingdom for treatments in 2012 and predicting an increase of 13 percent per annum.
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Learn from the real experts in medical tourism: the patients
IMTJ
Want to know what two experienced medical tourists had to say about their adventures in traveling abroad for surgery?
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Plastic surgeon's license temporarily suspended after 4th death
Dominican Today
Public Health minister Altagracia Guzman has announced the temporary suspension of Dr. Edgar Contreras's medical license until the investigation into the death of one of his plastic surgery patients concludes.
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