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Medicare Advantage: Enrollment tops 14 million, up 10 percent
Kaiser Family Foundation
More than 14 million people are now enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans — a jump of 10 percent in the past year and 30 percent since 2010, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, "Medicare Advantage 2013 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update."
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Standardized post-op care reduces pneumonia risk
Medpage Today
The incidence of postoperative pneumonia and unplanned intubation decreased following implementation of a standardized postoperative care program, investigators reported in an online-first article for JAMA Surgery.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Why are other doctors making more money than you!

What are you doing wrong or right? The ASC Billing Specialists at MediGain are seeing it more and more as they work to increase revenue in Ambulatory Surgery Centers across the country; you have to “Get Back to Basics!” With more and more changes coming in healthcare it is even more important to have your team solid on the basics.
 


AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS

Study: 15 percent of reusable endoscopes contaminated with harmful bacteria
Medical News Today
Unacceptable levels of "bio dirt" were identified in 3 out of 20 scopes used to examine GI tracts and colons across five different hospitals in the U.S., according to findings presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
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Cosmetic toe lengthening: Brachymetatarsia surgery
The Huffington Post
Neal Blitz, DPM, FACFAS, writes, "As a Manhattan foot surgeon, one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform are cosmetic toe lengthenings. A short toe often causes tremendous psychological embarrassment for people, and fixing this makes a dramatic change in someone's life."
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS

Survey: Patients open to greater role for PAs, NPs
Medical Economics
A new study published in Health Affairs shows that consumers are open to the idea of expanded roles for physician assistants and nurse practitioners, especially as the primary care physician shortage worsens.
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The doctor will see you now. Or the nurse. Or the physician assistant.
The Washington Post
Here's one question that keeps health policy wonks up at night: As millions of Americans gain health insurance coverage over the next decade, who will see them? It may well not be a doctor.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS

Is prolotherapy effective for osteoarthritic knees?
Heidi Mills
A new study has been published in the Annals of Family Medicine that investigates the use of dextrose prolotherapy injections in the treatment of osteoarthritic knee joints. Is this injection-based therapy effective?
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EMR updates help OTs stay legal
Today in OT
Rapid changes and new regulations in healthcare — especially Medicare's functional limitation reporting — make electronic health records increasingly relevant for occupational and physical therapists.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS

Medical center's design focuses on exclusivity, warmth, discretion
The American Center for Plastic Surgery
Meeting all of a patient's needs is the underlying goal of The American Center for Plastic Surgery, an AAAASF International accredited facility in the northern suburbs of Athens, Greece. The facility's design — focused on an exclusive, warm feel and maximum privacy — offers separate floors for surgical needs, administrative functions and patient consultations.
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Rising numbers in outbound medical tourism
The National
Outbound medical tourism from the United Arab Emirates to Europe and North America is on the rise as visitors from the Emirates combine treatments with vacation plans, according to the travel industry.
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