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FDA urges protection of medical devices from cyber threats
Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently urged medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats that could compromise the devices or patient privacy.

Related: FDA safety memo: Cybersecurity for medical devices and hospital networks
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


What defines a great plastic surgeon?
Robert Singer, M.D., F.A.C.S.
What defines a great plastic surgeon? An eye for balance and symmetry. Extensive training. Perfectionism. An appreciation of beauty and harmony. A delicate and artistic touch. There are thousands of cosmetic surgeons; however, few are as respected by plastic surgeons around the world for their expertise and artistry as Dr. Robert Singer, president of the AAAASF Education Foundation and past-president of AAAASF.
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Using digital imaging in rhinoplasty
HealthNewsDigest.com
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 242,000 rhinoplasty procedures were performed by member surgeons in 2012. Many plastic surgeons use digital imaging to help patients get an idea of what their nose will look like at the end of the recovery period.
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Are plastic surgeons doing too many 'Medicare' eyelid lifts?
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
According to a recent article on the Center for Public Integrity website, "from 2001 to 2011, eyelid lifts charged to Medicare more than tripled to 136,000 annually." Are plastic surgeons and other doctors who perform eyelid lifts inappropriately documenting the cases so Medicare will pay for it?
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Going under — and staying under
MIT Technology Review
A new study of anesthesia-induced brain-wave patterns could help doctors make sure patients don't wake up during operations.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


CMS issues Health Insurance Exchange proposed rules
HealthLeaders Media
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has unveiled its proposed rules governing the operation of health insurance exchanges, which aim to facilitate and regulate the sale of private coverage to millions of people beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
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Chip identifies bacterial infection in minutes, not days
Medical News Today
Bacterial infections kill tens of thousands of North Americans every year, but a new chip that identifies bacteria in minutes promises to slash those numbers.
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Patient sues after spilling coffee in post-op
Outpatient Surgery
Do you offer patients hot coffee or tea in post-op? If so, might you be risking a lawsuit? Court records from Bexar County, Texas, show a pending case involving a patient who asked for hot coffee, then spilled it on herself and was burned.
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Regence reaches compromise with ASCs
The Lund Report
A measure that would cramp down on an abusive payment practice to ambulatory surgical centers by Regence BlueCross BlueShield has been resurrected in Oregon's legislature.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


New bill aims for outpatient care access in rural communities
PoliticalNews.me
U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan. — members of the Senate Rural Health Caucus — have introduced S. 1143, the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act, to make sure that rural and other patients have access to a full range of outpatient therapeutic services in their own communities.
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AAAASF has long been known as The Gold Standard in Accreditation. Since the 1980s, we have inspected and accredited more than 1,000 surgical clinics. Since 2009, we have become the leader in accreditation of gastroenterology clinics with our Procedural standards. Now we are The Deeming Authority for two new AAAASF Medicare programs, Rural Health Clinics and Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinics. One reason we are the gold standard is that we demand 100 percent compliance in all our programs. If you are accredited by AAAASF, you can be extremely proud of your accomplishment.

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Mobile health devices can improve access in developing countries, remote areas
Science Codex
Mobile health technology has substantial potential for improving access to healthcare in the developing world and in remote regions of developed countries, according to an article in Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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Revolutionizing the Survey Readiness Process
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Study charts exercise for stroke patients' brains
HealthCanal
A new study has found that stroke patients' brains show strong cortical motor activity when observing others performing physical tasks — a finding that offers new insight into stroke rehabilitation.
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Gaming the system (and other FLR no-no's)
Erica Cohen
We all know functional limitation reporting, or FLR, means more work for basically the same reward. Even so, taking the low road and gaming the system is not the answer. It never is.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Treating burns and surgical scars in Lebanon
Beirut Beauty Clinic
Beirut Beauty Clinic, an AAAASF International accredited facility, is reaching out to in-country patients and medical tourists with a range of treatments, including the FDA-approved NewGel treatment. The perfect fit for effective scar management, NewGel is used by clinicians to treat scars resulting from burns, traumatic incidents and surgical procedures.
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How facelifts could fuel Nicaragua's economy
Fronteras Desk via KPCC
Power brokers in Nicaragua want a foothold in the lucrative medical tourism industry. In the 1980s, civil war destroyed the country's economy, but now hospital administrators and influential businessmen think the country is stable enough to lure foreign visitors looking for cheap surgeries.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Medicare Advantage: Enrollment tops 14 million, up 10 percent (Kaiser Family Foundation)

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