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Complying with infection control conditions in ASCs
Infection Control Today
In May 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, under the auspices of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, introduced revisions to the ambulatory surgery center Conditions for Coverage (42 CFR 416.2 – 416.52). Included in the new conditions for coverage was a rigorous focus on demonstrated infection prevention and control knowledge and practice in an ASC.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


New surgery may decrease effects of lipedema
Ivanhoe Newswire via WWSB-TV
Some women just can't lose weight, and for the estimated 11 percent of women with a chronic disorder, diet and exercise won't help at all. Now, there is a new procedure doctors are using that can help restore their appearance.
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Like Cling wrap, new biomaterial can coat tricky wounds, block infection
American Chemical Society via RedOrbit
Wrapping wound dressings around fingers and toes can be tricky, but for burn victims, guarding them against infection is critical. Today, scientists are reporting the development of novel, ultrathin coatings called nanosheets that can cling to the body's most difficult-to-protect contours and keep bacteria at bay.
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The rise of tattoo removal
HealthNewsDigest.com
The tattoo removal industry as a whole has grown by 440 percent just in the past decade, becoming almost as common a process as getting a tattoo has become. Analysts estimate the procedure will lead to approximately $3.4 billion in revenue this year.
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Seaweed becomes latest cosmeceutical fad
Dermatology Times
Seaweed and oceanic extracts are the ingredients of the moment. Why? Because raw material suppliers have decided to put their efforts toward growth in this area.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Evaluating which lasers are the best fit for your practice
Dermatology Times
Once dermatologists have determined there is a need for laser services at their practices and why, they'll have to decide which lasers to purchase or lease. That, too, requires homework. Without it, you might be stuck trying to resell boxes that lose value as soon as they're delivered to your office, experts say.
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Court orders surgeon to pay $40,000 for kicking nurse
Outpatient Surgery
A surgeon with an alleged history of bad behavior must pay a nurse $40,000 in damages after kicking her and leaving a bruise, a Kentucky court recently ruled.
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Connecting patient engagement and patient experience
HealthLeaders Media
While healthcare has a longstanding tradition of studying medical practices in order to implement clinical improvements, approaching patient experience with similar discipline is new to many. But both clinical care and patient experience are components of patient care.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


In ambitious bid, Wal-Mart seeks foothold in primary care services
The New York Times
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering a simple menu of medical services that consumers can buy along with everything from a bag of chips to a lawn mower. Now, the store is making an aggressive push to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care.
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An aging America: The future of healthcare depends on telehealth
Karen R. Thomas
The number of people over the age of 65 in America is predicted to rise to nearly 80 million by 2040, according to the Administration on Aging. When that happens, there will be more people living in our country who are over the age of 65 than at any point before in history, a fact that has many wondering if the U.S. healthcare system will have the resources, systems and integration to care for such a substantial older adult population.
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Minnesota answers rural doctor shortage with teams, training, telemedicine
MinnPost
The healthcare provider landscape of Greater Minnesota is one where primary care physicians are becoming older and fewer, while their patients also are older but growing in number, said Mark Schoenbaum, director of the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. Medical schools, healthcare systems and legislators alike know of the problems and are doing their best to solve them.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Neck manipulation may be associated with stroke
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Blood vessel tears that lead to strokes may be associated with — but not necessarily caused by — treatments involving neck manipulations, researchers say in a joint statement on neck manipulation and stroke risk from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
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Are rocker-sole shoes an option for people with osteoarthritis in knees?
Health Canal
University academics have been checking whether rocker-sole shoes could be a worthwhile option for people with osteoarthritis in their knees. They have used a 12-camera motion analysis system and force plates to collect walking gait and pressure data.
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Injections and physical therapy equal for treating shoulder pain
Reuters Health
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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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


The Ebola epidemic: a global health emergency
The Journal of the American Medical Association
On Aug. 8, the World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan declared the West Africa Ebola crisis a "public health emergency of international concern," triggering powers under the 2005 International Health Regulations.
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'Beach body' surgery deals still advertised, despite UK call for ban
Daily Mail
Summer-themed plastic surgery promotions continue to put patients at risk in defiance of a government review calling for them to be banned, U.K. officials say.
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Italian law could mean jail if your website promotes eating disorders
Medical Daily
Lawmakers in Italy proposed a bill that could mean hefty fines and even jail time for creators of websites that promote anorexia and other eating disorders. So-called "pro-ana" and "pro-mia" websites are designed as an outlet where people suffering from an eating disorder can come to share "thinspiration" and dieting tips.
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