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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Medicare raises US hospital payment rates for FY2015
Reuters
The U.S. government said recently that it will increase the operating payments that acute-care and long-term care hospitals receive from Medicare for inpatient care for the federal fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1.
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New strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor
Medical News Today
The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.
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Could electronic reminders cut infection rates?
Outpatient Surgery
Pre-op bathing or showering may help to reduce the risk of surgical site infections, but it usually takes place in the uncontrolled environment of patients' homes. Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee are using the technology in our pockets to keep patients on track with the practice.
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Most cosmetic procedures based on stem cells are bogus, experts say
HealthDay News via MedlinePlus
Could stem cell injections help rejuvenate your face or body? Probably not, plastic surgery experts say, but ads for these types of bogus procedures abound on the Internet. "Stem cells offer tremendous potential, but the marketplace is saturated with unsubstantiated and sometimes fraudulent claims that may place patients at risk," a team led by Dr. Michael Longaker, of Stanford University Medical Center, wrote in a review published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Who are best at giving injections - plastic surgeons or nurses?
Medical News Today
In recent years, minimally invasive aesthetic injectable procedures have grown in popularity as more and more men and women are seeking age-defying treatments. As Botulinum toxin — generally known as BOTOX® — use has increased, a growing number of nonaesthetic health professionals have emerged to perform procedures utilizing this and other injectables.
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Study: Burnout common among transplant surgeons
Drugs.com
Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transplant surgeons in the study reported having a low sense of personal accomplishment and 4 out of 10 admitted to feeling emotionally exhausted, researchers found.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Studies: Thank the recession for the health spending slowdown
The Washington Post
Some of the best news for healthcare in a while is also driving one of its biggest debates — what exactly is behind the historic slowdown in healthcare spending these past few years? Just how much credit should be given to structural changes in the healthcare system versus the effects of the Great Recession? The answer has major fiscal implications for the country's future as the economy improves and millions more gain health insurance under the 2010 health-care law.
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Doctors are fighting with their MBA bosses
Businessweek
Tensions between physicians and the business school types managing them have brewed for years, as healthcare shifted toward relying on business people rather than clinicians to run medical centers. Now the strains are beginning to creep into public view. It can get ugly.
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Hospital closures lead to more deaths among minorities and poor people
ThinkProgress
Minorities, the elderly and low-income people suffer the most when local emergency rooms close, according to a new study published recently. Longer distances to emergency rooms and protracted wait times increase a patient's likelihood of dying by five percent, a trio of researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of California, San Francisco and the Ecologic Institute concluded.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Study: Steroid injections and physical therapy equal for treating shoulder pain
Reuters via Fox News
Physical therapy and steroid injections work equally well for shoulder pain, according to a new study. Researchers compared the treatments for people with shoulder impingement syndrome, a common type of persistent pain that can be caused by tendonitis, bursitis or other inflammation in the shoulder joint.
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How to effectively work with wheelchair-bound clients
Massage Today
There are more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. who depend on wheelchairs and scooters to get around. Most of these people are currently over the age of 65, which means massaging them requires specific knowledge about how to work with geriatric clients, as well as clients with mobility issues. With the growing number of elderly in our country, as well as veterans of war, practitioners would benefit from learning how to properly work with wheelchair-bound clients.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


US alliances target Canadian medical tourism patients
Medical Tourism Magazine
Oh Canada — home and native land to an increasing number of medical tourism patients. Almost 50,000 of them — Canadian healthcare consumers — sought medical tourism procedures abroad last year. Now, a neighbor to the south in the U.S. wants to make sure they enjoy their stay away from home.
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Do travelers need medical evacuation insurance?
CNBC
As the first American infected with Ebola has returned to the U.S from Liberia, some travelers may be wondering how they would make it back home if a medical emergency were to strike in a foreign land. It's a worry that many don't like to think about. But an unexpected illness or serious accident requiring a medical evacuation from a remote area could be financially devastating, reaching as high as $100,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.
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