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Liposuction goes nano
Chemical & Engineering News
When UC-San Diego professor Adah ­Al­mutairi thinks back on the moment she realized nanoparticles might improve liposuction, she sighs and says wryly, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Since then, she has worked on the concept with her brother, University of Nevada School of Medicine clinical instructor Khalid M. Almutairi. The two now have patented a technique that uses gold nanoparticles and laser light to melt fat, rather than break it up.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Disinfection caps included in new infection-control guidelines
Medical News Today
The use of disinfection caps is included in major new infection-control recommendations sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and other top infection-control organizations. The practice recommendations mark the first time that disinfection caps have been included in a leading set of guidelines for hospitals.
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Scalp condition mimics skin cancer
Dermatology Times
Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp, an inflammatory crusted scalp condition, can go undiagnosed for many years, and it can be mistaken for conditions such as squamous cell carcinoma, so biopsies should be performed to arrive at the diagnosis.
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New technology could painlessly reduce scarring
KNBC-TV
embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy works by relieving the skin tension created during the natural healing process of scars, leaving a less visible mark on the skin.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


ICD-10: Everything you need to know
Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the past three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.
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New OSHA resource aims to help reduce injuries among healthcare workers
WorkersCompensation.com
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed Safe Patient Handling: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes, a new brochure that addresses the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among nursing home and residential care workers.
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How to deal with rising orthopedic implant costs at ASCs
Becker's ASC Review
The biggest threat to orthopedics-driven ASCs is implants and current pricing trends, according to a panel of industry experts at the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Oregon ASC starts 'Save Our Veterans' program
Outpatient Surgery
As the federal Veterans Affairs health system came under fire for mismanagement and delays in patient care, an orthopedic surgeon in Oregon devised a plan to assist local vets. Starting in July, Richard Edelson, MD, and his colleagues at the Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center in Tigard will devote 1 day every quarter — about 15 cases — to providing surgical services at no cost to veterans suffering musculoskeletal injuries.
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Telehealth makes gains out West
Healthcare Informatics
Healthcare leaders in California and Colorado are leveraging telehealth capabilities to extend medical specialty care delivery to far-flung populations.
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AMA's new telemedicine policy lays out principles for coverage, payment
AMA Wire
During its recent annual meeting, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates approved its Council on Medical Service's report setting forth principles to ensure the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


The anatomy and movement patterns of shoulder impingement syndrome
Heidi Dawson
Approximately 65 percent of all shoulder pain conditions are due to impingement syndromes. This is becoming a more widely-recognized cause of persistent shoulder pain, but as a condition it is often not treated effectively. To treat the condition effectively, we need to understand it — from anatomy to movement patterns.
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Appreciating knee function: The amazing 4-bar mechanism
Dynamic Chiropractic
On first blush, the knee joint may appear to be a relatively simple, stable joint that hinges through a single pivot point with several key anatomic points of strength. Yet if one takes a detailed look at the anatomy and function of the knee, its complexities quickly become evident.
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Higher cost burden seen with musculoskeletal disorders vs. others
MPR
Increased healthcare costs were associated with musculoskeletal disorders compared to other disease states, according to a new study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Indian doctors come home to medical tourism hub
AFP via Medical Express
One of the multitude of Indian emigrant doctors, Paul Ramesh moved to Britain in the 1990s, keen to get the best surgical training and earn a generous pay packet. Today he is still treating Westerners — but in hospital beds back in Chennai, his south Indian hometown in Tamil Nadu state. "When I came back it was quite exceptional to return. Now it's the rule," the 46-year-old told AFP at the city's Apollo hospital.
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Medtronic to buy Ireland's Covidien for $43 billion
Chemistry World
U.S. medical technology firm Medtronic is to buy Irish-registered company Covidien for $43 billion, continuing a theme of consolidation within the medical devices sector, with firms looking to broaden their product and service portfolios and bring to bear efficient, globalized supply chains and sales forces.
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Global success stories for ASCs
AAAASF
We encourage AAAASF members to submit their success stories for publication in the AAAASF Week In Review. Any topic is welcome (other than what is already included on your website). Share your insight and best-practice tips on:
  • Smooth operation of your surgi-center
  • Medical/legal issues
  • Surgical tips or "traps"
  • Treatment trends
  • Patient education/compliance techniques
  • Any topic that can help colleagues improve their professional practice
Please send articles to Dr. Peter Fodor. Be sure to include your facility's website address and your contact information; your facility's website will be linked in the article. Publication will be at the discretion of AAAASF.

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