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Why outpatient surgery centers are vital to Obamacare
The Street
Outpatient surgical centers are making a run at hospitals' surgery monopoly, according to a study in the current issue of Health Affairs by health economists Elizabeth Munnich of the University of Louisville and Stephen Parente of the University of Minnesota. The economists tracked CDC data for 52,000 surgical visits at 437 facilities over four years, finding that ambulatory center surgical patients saved an average 25 percent in costs compared with hospital surgery bills.
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Spruce up your suturing: Try these techniques
Skin & Allergy News
Inspired by sewing lessons during her childhood, Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard has developed several suturing techniques that help promote better wound healing and yield more aesthetically pleasing results.
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  The Top 10 Metrics to Maximize Your Practice's Revenue

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Face-Q helps plastic surgeons measure patient satisfaction
Plastic Surgery Practice
The Face-Q allows surgeons to better assess the impact of facial aesthetic surgery, according to a presentation at The Aesthetic Meeting in San Francisco of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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New grafting procedure for oral implantation
Dental Tribune
An innovative procedure, utilizing a single incision for access and localized antibiotics to treat infection, is being introduced that will enable immediate implantation with a bone graft harvested from a portion of the patient's own lower jaw. A case study in the Journal of Oral Implantology provides an in-depth analysis of this new approach for immediate treatment and implantation of an infected area.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Under the knife: Where infections fly under the radar
Scientific American
Outpatient surgeries at freestanding medical centers are growing in popularity, but for all their promise, gaps in tracking superbugs and other infections fuel concern. Beth Bell, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, raised the issue in testimony before Congress in September.
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Why isn't dental work covered under most health plans?
WCCO-TV
Anyone who has had an infected tooth, a root canal or their wisdom teeth pulled might have wondered this: Why isn't dental work covered under most healthcare plans?
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Behind the white coats: Looking at the lifestyles of today's physicians
Dorothy L. Tengler
Most likely, physicians have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives preparing to practice medicine. But that across-the-board time commitment doesn't make all physicians the same. In fact, a national survey of 125,000 practicing physicians revealed intriguing differences from finances and career plans to personal lifestyles.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


The doctor's in — through webcam, smartphone
NewsFactor
Patient groups and tech advocates are pushing to expand digital health care to people with complex chronic diseases that make a doctor's trip agonizing. New guidelines from the Federation of State Medical Boards say telemedicine can be OK without a prior in-person visit, a change that will influence new regulations in a number of states.
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The only primary care provider who isn't officially a provider
Greg L. Alston
What if the federal government told you pharmacists are not healthcare providers even though they have been providing healthcare since the birth of our nation? Section 1861 of the Social Security Act recognizes audiologists, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and registered dietitians as providers — but fails to recognize pharmacists.
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First Opinion raises $1.4 million to update Text-A-Doctor app
TechCrunch
Funding has expanded for an app that aims to make healthcare more accessible by matching users with a doctor who will answer their questions via text. Users get one free text consult per month, followed by a tiered pricing structure for text consultations.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Jintronix to offer first gamified rehabilitation software for clinics, home users
Medical News Today
Jintronix, a company radically changing how patients rehabilitate from stroke or other injury, has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Jintronix rehabilitation system.
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Risky business: Determining who will suffer ACL injuries
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
It's not a new finding that female basketball and soccer players injure their anterior cruciate ligaments at a higher rate than their male counterparts. A study published in The Journal of Athletic Training has thrown a slight wrench into that long-held belief, however.
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PT practices: Why marketing and sales go hand-in-hand
Charlotte Bohnett
The private practice rehab industry loves to talk marketing. We all scour the Internet for ways to improve referral marketing, online marketing and print marketing. But clinic directors, managers and therapists alike seem to adamantly avoid or abhorrently oppose anything related to sales.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Dentist volunteers urgently needed
American Dental Association
The Patcha Foundation needs dentists to serve on its upcoming medical mission to Cameroon due to some cancellations of volunteers. Volunteer dentists will provide care and oversee dental student volunteers during the trip May 30-June 8.
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How worried should travelers be about MERS?
The Boston Globe
Travelers heading through U.S. airports are now seeing signs on the security line warning them about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The CDC asked airports to alert travelers to certain countries on the Arabian Peninsula to take precautions such as washing their hands often, avoiding touching their faces and avoiding close contact with sick people.
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Medical tourism: An evolving market ripe for growth and opportunity
Healthcare Design
For decades, the term "medical tourism" conjured two distinctly different images: the affluent traveling to tropical destinations for nip/tucks or other elective surgeries and, in some parts of the world, individuals crossing borders to find care that wasn't available close to home. While these markets still exist, the medical tourism industry of today is largely composed of patients traveling to receive tertiary care in specialties such as cardiovascular, orthopedics, weight loss and more.
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