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Patient communication has room to grow
Reuters Health
There's room — and need — for improvement in the discussions between doctor and patient that go into medical decision-making, according to four new studies and a commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine. In the newly published material, the authors look at various aspects of doctors' dialogue with patients about prognoses, options and treatment preferences — and find little consistency.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Less blood testing for some surgeries safe, cost-effective
HealthLeaders Media
The ordering and testing of blood for surgery that rarely requires blood transfusions is expensive and "overutilized" by hospitals, researchers say. At Johns Hopkins alone, more appropriate blood ordering practices could save $200,000 a year.
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Get patients ambulatory faster: Strategies to keep your PACU moving
Outpatient Surgery
Can recovery rooms learn a lesson from the ER's philosophy of "treat 'em and street 'em?" In the harsh reality of the ER, it's get the patients in, stabilize them, treat them and send them back out the door. In a kinder, gentler way, "treat 'em and street 'em" can also apply to the PACU.
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Research: Gene therapies for regenerative surgery are getting closer
Digital Journal
Experimental genetic techniques may one day provide plastic and reconstructive surgeons with an invaluable tool: the ability to promote growth of the patient's own tissues for reconstructive surgery.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Eyelid lifts skyrocket among Medicare patients
The Center for Public Integrity
Aging Americans worried about their droopy upper eyelids often rely on the plastic surgeon's scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill.
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Obamacare insurance won't cover weight loss surgery in many states
NPR with Kaiser Health News
Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed. That's especially the case in the Deep South, where obesity rates are some of the highest in the nation.
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AHRQ eyes research to improve diagnostic performance in ambulatory care
National Institutes of Health
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality intends to support research designed to improve diagnostic performance in ambulatory care settings. In a new notice, AHRQ has outlined one of its highest research priorities for investigator-initiated applications.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Q&A with Rural Health Practitioner of the Year
HealthLeaders Media
West Virginia pediatric cardiologist Larry Rhodes, MD, speaks passionately about his work at three community outreach clinics.
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What the 'E' in e-patient really means
HealthLeaders Media
By now, you've probably heard of e-patients. But it means much more than "electronic patients." Patients today are empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled. Healthcare providers should help patients with another important "e": expectations.
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12 telemedicine innovations that will shape healthcare's future
CIO
As mobile devices and broadband Internet becomes ubiquitous, the world of telemedicine (or, more broadly, telehealth) continues to advance. Simply put, the future of healthcare will include mobile devices and videoconferencing technology.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Changing to stay
Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Occupational therapists are taking on home modifications and helping seniors age in place. What are some of the best techniques and trends?
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PQRS vs. FLR: What's the difference?
Charlotte Bohnett
While both PQRS and functional limitation reporting are requirements mandated by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, they are completely separate. Let's discuss how they differ. Beginning July 1, CMS is requiring that physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists complete functional limitation reporting on Medicare part A and part B patients to receive reimbursement for your services.
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Stem cell therapy improves damaged spinal cords
Bioscience Technology
Human fetal stem cell grafts improve both motor and sensory functions in rats suffering from a spinal cord injury, according to research in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. This cell replacement therapy also improves the structural integrity of the spine, providing a functional relay through the injury site. The research gives hope for the treatment of spinal cord injuries in humans.
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Importance of creating a community of care
H&HN
A couple of recent studies of patients from opposite ends of the age spectrum point to ways in which hospitals can team up with other providers to improve care and rein in spending.

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Attacking MRSA with metals from clay
Infection Control Today
A researcher at Arizona State University has a new approach to developing effective, topical antibacterial agents — one that draws on a naturally occurring substance: clay.

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MicroRhinoplasty: Less invasive technique
HealthNewsDigest.com
MicroRhinoplasty is an advanced technique in nasal surgery that allows surgeons to reduce a hump or bump on the nose in a less invasive manner compared to traditional osteotomy.

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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


New service at Finland facility: Upper eyelid lift
Siluetti
Siluetti, an AAAASF International accredited facility with a reputation as Finland's leading private hospital for aesthetic plastic surgery, has introduced a new service: upper eyelid lift done on an outpatient basis, starting at 1,200 euros.
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WHO urges coronavirus information be shared among countries
Global Post
The World Health Organization has urged countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information. The announcement came after Saudi Arabia, where the first case of the SARS-like disease occurred, said the development of diagnostic tests had been delayed by a foreign laboratory's patent rights on coronavirus.
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Heart device approval delays leave US doctors frustrated
Reuters
U.S. approval requirements for cardiac devices are much more stringent than in Europe, where there is no centralized decision-making body. But a growing number of U.S. heart doctors feel the regulations are so demanding that patients are being denied access to beneficial therapies.
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