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Study: Publishing death rates won't pinpoint poor performers
News-Medical.Net
New research published in The Lancet suggests the publication of death rates for individual surgeons in England, launched for the first of a new group of 10 specialties in July, is unlikely to correctly identify poorly performing surgeons in some specialties because low numbers of key operations lead to unreliable results.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Are calf implants any stranger than breast implants?
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan writes, "I recently had a patient whose self-confidence was affected by, of all things, his poorly developed calf muscles. No matter how much he exercised, he could not build up his calves to the same extent he had built up the rest of his body. This affected his self-confidence to such an extent that he wasn't comfortable wearing shorts."
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Resource Guide features links for infection control, DVT prevention
AAAASF
Have you visited the AAAASF Resource Guide recently? Use this valuable tool to remain current with supplemental resources that relate to AAAASF Regular Standards. Updates on the AAAASF Resource Guide feature links to the CDC infection prevention guidelines, DVT and PE signs and symptoms, and a DVT Risk Assessment.
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Artistry in aesthetic surgery refined during 45-year career
Plastic Surgery Center, Ltd.
Dr. James A. Yates of Plastic Surgery Center, Ltd., and Vista Surgery Center in Camp Hill, Pa., is beginning his 45th year in practice. As one of the earlier members of AAAASF he also was the first to receive a Class A certification for his office facility from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Yates had the privilege of performing the first Medicare Survey for AAAASF. Vista Surgery Center, an AAAASF-accredited facility, offers a safe and affordable option for patients dealing with mandates from third-party payers.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Avoiding hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions
Annals of Family Medicine
The Annals of Family Medicine is launching a discussion group based on its recent article, "Strategies for Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions," published in the July/August edition of the journal.
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Research studies lingering effects of pediatric dental sedation
News-Medical.Net
Research led by Priyanshi Ritwik, DDS, MS, of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, reports important findings about side effects and how long they linger after discharge of common oral drugs used to sedate some children during dental procedures.
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Facility focuses on pediatric surgeries, resident training
Pacific Coast Plastic Surgery Center Inc.
Under the leadership of co-founder Michael F. McGuire, M.D., F.A.C.S., Pacific Coast Plastic Surgery Center Inc., in Santa Monica, Calif., is embarking on a new era after the retirement this year of its other co-founder, Henry Kawamoto, M.D., an internationally recognized craniofacial surgeon. Pacific Coast Plastic Surgery Center has welcomed two new physicians whose focus is pediatric surgery, and the AAAASF-accredited facility has also expanded its role as a clinical rotation site for plastic surgery chief residents.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Rural facilities at center of Obamacare success or failure for poor
Kaiser Health News
A new hospital and network of rural healthcare clinics in Missouri highlight the challenges that Obamacare has in treating the nation's poor — a key tenet of the health law.
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Teleservices interest grows in healthcare
InformationWeek
With the advent of population health management and advances in mobile technology, remote patient monitoring and virtual visits are attracting a growing amount of attention in healthcare, according to a CSC report.
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The nurse practitioner will see you (and you) now
Houston Business Journal
As more newly insured Americans seek out primary medical care, states can look to nurse practitioners to help fill a growing physician gap, research shows.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


National Therapeutic Recreation Week: All you need to know about healing
Medical Daily
National Therapeutic Recreation Week is intended to raise awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.
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New CT/MRI research shows acupuncture therapy eases cerebral palsy
HealthCMI
New research reveals that adding acupuncture treatments to conventional rehabilitative training significantly improves the efficacy of treatment for children with cerebral palsy.
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Glucosamine negatively affects lumbar discs
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Glucosamine supplementation, which is often used for low back pain, has a detrimental effect on lumbar disc matrix homeostasis in an animal model of disc degeneration, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of Spine.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Two more clinics gain accreditation in El Salvador
AAAASF International
As global healthcare continues to evolve, AAAASF International has awarded accreditation to two more practices in El Salvador: Clinica Hasbun and Centro Internacional de Cáncer. Addressing different specialties — cosmetic dentistry and cancer care — the two facilities expand the scope of high-quality services available in the country.
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Trying to see live vasectomies? Head to Australia
Medical Daily
In hopes of removing the stigma that surrounds male contraception, Australian health experts are hoping to perform vasectomies in front of a live audience in South Australia's capital city of Adelaide.
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Taking medical expertise to communities who need it most
NBC Latino
Dr. Andrew Seltzer, a Florida-based orthopedic doctor at the Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute and a physician at the Northpoint Surgery and Laser Center, says his life changed when he completed 45 surgeries in five days as part of a mission trip.
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