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Financial report: Retirement the top concern for physicians
By J. Christopher Burke
The complexity of practicing medicine has never been as great as it is now. Physicians struggle with a multitude of issues every day, and their tremendous focus on patients and the business of medicine can come at the expense of taking care of their personal financial matters. This insight really came to life in the results of a national poll conducted by AMA Insurance: 2013 Report on U.S. Physicians' Financial Preparedness.
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Regional anesthesia for ambulatory surgery: Ideal technique
With the development of minimally invasive techniques and changes in reimbursement, many surgical procedures are shifting from inpatient to ambulatory settings. Proficient ambulatory centers depend on anesthetics that provide quality anesthesia and postoperative analgesia while expediting discharge, minimizing postoperative nausea and vomiting and preventing unplanned admission.
Surgeons perform meniscus transplant in outpatient setting
Orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems recently used an innovative technique to preserve a patient's damaged knee through meniscal transplantation — a procedure that normally can be performed in less than 3 hours, with patients returning home the same day.
Biomedical engineers grow 3-D human heart muscle that mimics natural tissue
A biomedical engineering advancement from Duke University could be important in treating heart attack patients or in serving as a platform for testing new heart disease medicines.
AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS
CDC: More than half of hepatitis cases don't follow through with testing
Baby boomers in the U.S. account for 2 out of every 3 hepatits C virus cases, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And many of these Americans aren't receiving adequate medical care, as more than 50 percent don't follow up after initial screening.
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Innovative EKG poster helps communicate with patients
By Dan White
It is often challenging trying to communicate effectively with patients. Explaining an emergent condition is made much easier with visual aids, but there are not many good ones available for use with a cardiac patient. EKG Concepts has developed one that is perfect. It's called the R-CAT for Arrhythmias Poster.
FDA safety notice: Surgical staplers stolen before being sterilized
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Covidien Endo GIA Articulating 60-3.5 Surgical Stapler Reloads with lot number N3B0165LX were stolen from the manufacturer before they were sterilized. Although these devices were packaged and labeled as sterile, they are not sterile. The FDA is aware that some of these stolen and unsterile products have been offered for sale. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
Opportunities for mobile operators in the health sector
By Harry Wang
Mobile health, or m-health, is defined as health applications and services through mobile communication platforms. It is a subsegment of the wireless health industry and relies on mobile technology for information delivery and service rendering. Rapid smartphone adoption, combined with the popularity of mobile features, is fueling the rapid growth in this industry. M-health revenues exceeded $500 million in 2011, and revenues are estimated to triple by the year 2015.
Telemedicine transformation: Creating 'super docs'
The nation's top integrated healthcare networks are using telemedicine to "build" a better physician, according to panelists speaking at a May 6 briefing hosted by Healthcare IT News.
The doctor will Skype you now: Virtual healthcare gaining ground
Asbury Park Press
Technology is going to radically change your office visit to the doctor in the years ahead. An "office" may not even be associated with your visit. In some states, physicians already conduct office visits via personal communication devices, using Skype, FaceTime, email or text.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS
Handheld ultrasound device from Signostics gets 510K clearance from FDA
Handheld ultrasound device manufacturer Signostics has received a major boost with 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell its new Signos RT in the U.S., where it will be marketed as the Sonimage P3.
Systematic review: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in healthcare
With the global shortage of health care workers predicted to worsen, attrition from the work force must be minimized. This review examined the incidence or prevalence of neck, shoulder and upper back musculoskeletal disorders, a possible source of attrition, among midwives, nurses and physicians.
Florida physical therapist seeks end to Medicare outpatient caps
Crestview News Bulletin
Ruth Jenkins, a Crestview, Fla., physical therapist, along with the American Physical Therapy Association, recently lobbied to repeal a Medicare cap on physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services.
ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS
El Salvador is organized to attract medical travelers
Latitud Magazine (Spanish language)
El Salvador is preparing to regain ground in the tourism industry of health and wellness, planning to capitalize on its strengths as a tourist destination supported by a range of medical specialties. The country recently held a National Forum on Medical and Wellness Tourism, organized by Merca Medic Group in coordination with the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International.
Health insurance specific to enhanced breasts offered in the UK
Insurance News Report
The British Association of Plastic Surgeons has just announced it will begin offering a unique type of health insurance specifically for patients who receive plastic surgery treatments through accredited surgeons.
Medical tourism's rapid growth: Is it a fad?
People are going abroad for healthcare in record numbers. Some say the rate of growth has been "exponential." Estimates from 2012 indicate that nearly 2 million Americans went overseas for treatment, and the forecast is for continued growth (up to 35 percent more) for 2013. Places like India, Singapore and Thailand afford patients from the West an opportunity for high-quality medical care at a fraction of the cost.
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