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HHS: Major disparities among outpatient charges
Medical Daily
At Health Datapalooza IV, the Department of Health and Human Services released new data on Medicare spending and hospital outpatient costs, all in the name of a "transparent healthcare marketplace." Included in this HHS initiative? National estimates for 30 types of hospital outpatient procedures (such as clinic visits, echocardiograms and endoscopies).
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Take a proactive approach against MRSA
Outpatient Surgery
Proactively treating patients who are vulnerable to MRSA can reduce healthcare-associated infection rates more effectively and is a better use of resources than simply screening and isolating those colonized with the superbug, according to new research in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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New guideline helps improve voice outcomes after thyroid surgery
News-Medical.net
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has published a new Clinical Practice Guideline on "Improving Voice Outcomes after Thyroid Surgery" to recognize the importance of the patient's voice and the potential impact thyroid surgery can have on it.
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Should you stop blood thinners before surgery?
AAN via Newswise
A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology will help people who take blood thinners decide whether or not to take them during surgery or other medical procedures.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


PSA screening: Guidelines emphasize importance of weighing harms, benefits
Kaiser Health News
While questions about PSA screening remain, physicians increasingly recognize the need to discuss both the harms and benefits with patients.
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Health plans in the new healthcare exchanges
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
The debate over the Affordable Care Act is coming to a fever pitch again because the new healthcare exchanges are about to come to fruition. Starting Oct. 1, consumers will be able to go online and view these different plans. Now that the date is nearing, some state exchanges have released their plan options and their associated premiums from participating insurance companies on the exchange.
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Revolutionizing the Survey Readiness Process
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Are you ready to compete with Wal-Mart?
The Advisory Board Company
One-third of your patients shop at Wal-Mart every week — and it could become your most formidable competitor. This retailer is advancing toward the healthcare market, and they could expand enough to disrupt your referral chains, launch a nationwide health plan or more.
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Pennsylvania starting to close rural health centers, furlough nurses
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Despite a pending lawsuit, Pennsylvania's Department of Health is moving ahead on a plan to close nearly half of the state's rural health centers.
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Residents in rural counties concerned about healthcare
Tyler Morning Telegraph
A 2013 county health ranking by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation backs up what researchers at Sam Houston State University's Center for Rural Studies say: There aren't enough healthcare providers to go around in sparsely populated areas. With a ratio of 4,107:1 (providers to patients), residents of Rusk County, Texas, are worried.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Study: Statin use may be tied to musculoskeletal conditions, injuries
Medical News Today
The usage of statins — drugs to treat high cholesterol — may be linked to musculoskeletal conditions, joint diseases (arthropathies) and injuries, researchers from VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Don't blame the IT band
Heidi Mills
The IT, or iliotibial band, has developed a bad reputation over the years. This long, thick band of fascia is implicated in the incriminating title "IT band syndrome." But is the condition really all the fault of the IT band? Or is the IT band simply the scapegoat for problems further along the chain?
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New technology aids concussion recovery at Missoula physical therapy clinic
Missoulian
Jennifer Feenstra recalls a time not long ago when only 10 percent of concussions were diagnosed. She and Amy Downing, her co-owner of Element Physical Therapy in Missoula, Mont., are using the SMART EquiTest system to prevent missed diagnoses.
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Survey: Doctors choose iPads over other tablets
The Inquisitr
The Black Book Rankings survey suggests more doctors are using electronic health records on mobile devices — and most choose iPads.

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Strategies to keep your PACU moving
Outpatient Surgery
Can recovery rooms learn a lesson (maybe a kinder, gentler one) from the emergency department's usual philosophy of "treat 'em and street 'em?"

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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. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill.

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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


The magic of a smile
Sonórtica
Creating, restoring and prompting perfect smiles is the goal for AAAASF International Accredited facility Sonórtica, of Sonora, Mexico. With updated technology and a focus on innovation in aesthetic dentistry, Sonórtica is drawing more interest among medical tourists. Transportation service to the international border and a willingness to accept most U.S. insurance plans is helping them build business worldwide.
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In Dubai, a new daycare clinic serves outpatient geriatric population
AMEinfo.com
The Dubai Health Authority's Community Center for the Elderly in Al Mamzar, which is the sole center for the elderly in the emirate, recently introduced a daycare outpatient program to cater to the needs of geriatric patients who do not need require round-the-clock care.
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Surgeon: India will remain on top in medical tourism
The Economic Times
India will remain on top in medical tourism for at least a decade, despite attempts from countries like China and Japan to tap into the flourishing business. The reason? Indian hospitals have English language and skilled manpower advantages, a leading Indian cardiac surgeon has said.
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