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AMA recognizes obesity as a disease
The New York Times
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments. In making the decision, delegates at the association's annual meeting in Chicago overrode a recommendation against doing so by a committee that had studied the matter.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Surgical facilities: It's all about patient safety
Ronald E. Iverson, MD, FACS
The Plastic Surgery Center, co-owned and operated by Dr. Ronald E. Iverson, MD, FACS, starts with safety and builds from there. Iverson, a member of the AAAASF board and president of AAAASF International, designed and created his therapeutic environment and staffs his facilities with like-minded caring professionals, offering the highest standards of care and compassion.
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6 patient positioning principles
Outpatient Surgery
Skin is the body's largest organ — and its first line of defense against all the harm the environment can inflict. But the all-important barrier is susceptible to the rigors of surgery if left unprotected against pressure, friction and shearing forces.
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Physician, heal thyself: Signs you are at risk for career burnout
Karen Childress
When career burnout strikes, doctors don't typically have a lengthy list of alternatives from which to choose in terms of professional reinvention. Waking up one day and saying, "I'm exhausted and bored ... I think I'll go work at Starbucks," probably isn't an option. For this reason, among others, it's important to recognize the signs of career dissatisfaction sooner rather than later so that you can take steps to avert full-blown burnout. Here are eight red flags.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Audit report: Facility claimed $3.1 million in disallowed Medicare services
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General reported in June that an audit of Spectrum Rehabilitation LLC, a New Jersey-based outpatient therapy provider, showed improper Medicare reimbursement claims were filed for 83 of 100 cases audited, including 44 claims with multiple errors. The facility is being asked to repay $3.1 million to Medicare as a result.
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Mayo opens C. diff clinic
Infection Control Today
Clostridium difficile has reached an epidemic state and is the most common infectious cause of diarrhea in hospitals. Healthcare providers are seeing increased severity and recurrence rates of the infection. In response, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has opened a C. difficile Clinic at the Rochester campus.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Informed consent central to telehealth, but poses challenges
Health Imaging Hub
The very nature of telehealth — the use of technology across distance to provide healthcare services — can increase the risk associated with even routine treatments. That makes patients' informed consent even more important.
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Exploiting the value of electronic health records
Mike Wokasch
Even if every healthcare provider uses electronic health records, we will not be able to exploit the full potential of the available health information. Patient medical records will not be as portable as we might expect. So how does this get fixed?
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  FEATURED COMPANIES
Revolutionizing the Survey Readiness Process
ASCpro is designed to automate a facility’s regulatory compliance documents & tasks. ASCpro’s interface provides users a tool to prepare for announced and unannounced surveys.
SourceMedical
SourceMedical is the leading source for clinical and business software solutions used by ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. MORE


OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Medicare's improvement standard for physical therapy has changed
The Washington Post
For years, seniors in Medicare have been told if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. But a judge's ruling in a class-action lawsuit against the government is leading to changes.
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Exercise programs help provide pain relief among patients with osteoarthritis
Healio
A well-designed exercise program prescribed prior to referral for orthopedic surgery can play a key role in reducing waiting lists and lead to better selections of patients likely to benefit from surgery, according to a presenter at the EFORT Congress in Istanbul.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Robot allows Serbian clinic to offer scarless, more uniform hair transplants
Colic Hospital
A special robot has enabled AAAASF International-accredited Colic Hospital to offer cutting-edge hair-by-hair transplants. The procedure enables the most precise, scarless extraction of follicular units without damaging neighboring hair roots. The implantation is also performed by a special instrument, which plants the hair to the new spot mechanically and without damage.
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New lab working to develop new OCT technologies for retinal therapies
BioOptics World
The new Christian Doppler Ophthalmic Image Analysis laboratory at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria is developing new optical coherence tomography technologies and computer programs to produce optimal diagnosis and, for the first time, completely individual treatment plans.
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WHO: Coronavirus cases should be flagged in 1 day
Bloomberg
World Health Organization nations should investigate suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus as a matter of urgency and report any probable infections within 24 hours of classification, health officials said.

Related: New death in Saudi Arabia from SARS-like coronavirus MERS (Reuters)

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