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The power of 3: Comparing neurotoxin options
MedEsthetics
Is three the magic number when it comes to neurotoxins? It has been three years since the FDA approved the third injectable neurotoxin to enter the U.S. market. Physicians are seeing continued growth in the numbers of men and women seeking these cosmetic treatments, and a new wave of toxins is vying for approval now. How do the current three products compare? Physicians share their perspectives.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Doctors seeing younger patients with skin cancer
WDBJ-TV
Doctors are seeing more cases of skin cancer, and many are the most serious type: melanoma. "A lot of younger patients are coming in with skin cancer," said Dr. Michael Breiner, plastic surgeon at the Southwest Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery.
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Don't use saline bags to position patients
Outpatient Surgery
Using a saline-filled bag as a shoulder roll is not recommended because it could harm patients, according to guidance from AORN and an article in JAMA Surgery that details how an improvised shoulder roll badly burned a patient during an electrosurgical procedure.
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Enaltus, ASAPS create FDA-cleared scar management product
Digital Journal
Enaltus and the American Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery have partnered to create the only FDA-cleared product that combines spf 30 and a silicone barrier providing an optimal environment for skin to heal.
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Secretive review targets 30 Medicare Advantage plans
Center for Public Integrity via CNBC
After years of criticism that they cost taxpayers too much, private Medicare Advantage health plans are facing landmark audits that for the first time could order them to repay the government tens of millions of dollars for past overcharges and other billing mistakes.
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Where do your new patients come from?
Jill Nesbitt
How much is your dental practice spending on marketing? This is a chunk of money invested to gain new patients. In fact, one of the major factors in how your practice performs financially is how many new patients come through your doors. To improve your financial picture, the best thing you can do is a thorough evaluation of your new patients — so you can build on your strengths and look for new opportunities for marketing.
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Healthcare analytics: The new business currency
HealthLeaders Media
Analytics can provide a basis for making the quality and value decisions that healthcare reform is bringing to the forefront by grinding through a diverse set of detailed information that can include virtually all of the financial and clinical details of delivering care.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Penn State World Campus to offer first doctoral degree — in nursing practice
Health News Digest
The nursing profession, with more than 3 million members, is the largest segment of the U.S. healthcare workforce. As the healthcare system becomes more complex, these professionals will need advanced education and training, according to the Institute of Medicine, which recommends doubling the number of nurses with a doctoral degree by 2020. Penn State's College of Nursing aims to help with an online doctoral degree, the doctor of nursing practice, delivered by Penn State World Campus, starting this fall.
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Digital stethoscope enables remote real time assessment of heart, lung sounds
iMedicalApps
InTouchHealth has received FDA clearance for its CS app, which enables mobile devices to support a digital stethoscope component of the company's Vita Remote Presence telemedicine platform.
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The crowd as your new doctor
Crowdsourcing.org
For years, scientists, doctors and even patients have been perplexed by many of the ailments, viruses and other health enigmas that plague the healthcare community daily. Now a crowdsourcing company, CreateHealth.io, is developing a patient platform where patients can help to solve medical challenges.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Source of rise in physical therapy self-referrals unclear, GAO report says
Medscape
The number of physical therapy services provided to Medicare beneficiaries increased nearly 30 percent from 2004 through 2010, but the source of the increase is open to debate, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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Nerve blocks: 4 things patients should know
Cleveland Clinic
For many people who suffer with severe pain, nerve blocks have become part of their treatment. Pain management specialist Paul Shin, MD, offers insights for patients considering having a nerve block.
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10 ways physical therapists can maximize billing
Brooke Andrus
In a perfect world, physical therapists wouldn't have to deal with billing. They'd simply treat, heal and magically receive payment for their services. But we don’t live in that fantasy world, and unfortunately, the billing process is anything but magical. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to optimize your billing process to give yourself more revenue — and fewer headaches.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Medical tourism: All talk, little action and no budget?
International Medical Travel Journal
How much does your hospital, clinic or medical tourism agency invest in marketing your services to the international patient? And how do you spend your budget? The 2014 IMTJ Medical Tourism Climate Survey found out, and the results show a lack of focus on the international market.
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Nip/tuck and holiday in Seoul
The Star
More Malaysians are going for plastic surgery in South Korea in recent years, and established hospitals in Seoul are getting about 20 Malaysian clients each month.
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Foreigners spend €60 million annually for medical interventions in Romania
The Diplomat
Over 20,000 foreigners per year travel to Romania for medical operations, especially plastic surgery and dental treatments. Combined, those health travelers spend more than €60 million on medical services, accommodation and food, according to representatives in tourism and medicine.
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