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Reputation management is key for your practice
Jessica Taylor
Would you go into a medical practice that had bad reviews of the office environment and staff? Whether you're a small or major practice, you live or die by your reputation. Reputation management attempts to bridge the gap between how a company perceives itself and how others view it. But does your practice successfully follow through with this? Here are a few tips to get started.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Premier plastic surgery TV show attracts strong viewership
Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Institute
In addition to maintaining a successful plastic surgery practice, which includes four consultation offices in two states, David C. Watts, M.D., FACS, continues to host a live weekly television show that has aired 18 consecutive years. Watts, who is an AAAASF board member, says his TV show serves to market his practice and to educate the public about plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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Slug glue: A future with no sutures?
Science Daily
The materials for stitching up injuries and surgical wounds may have changed over the millennia, but the basic process of suturing tissue remains the same. In the 21st century, however, the method may finally become outdated.
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Too old for cosmetic surgery? Not in South Florida
Sun Sentinel
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, age has no limits — at least not in South Florida, where physically fit seniors in their 70s, 80s and even their 90s are going under the knife in an ageless quest to look as young as they feel.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  New Report for AAAASF members Healthcare Trends — 2013
Where are YOU on the road to healthcare reform? What do you need to do to be ready for January 1, 2014?
* Meaningful Use? ICD-10?
* Fee for Value? EHR?
This concise 7 page overview touches on the biggest trends in healthcare. If you have more questions you can always "Ask The Experts" at AskTheExperts@MediGain.com.
 


AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Medical malpractice: 10 common slip-ups that can get you sued
Outpatient Surgery
From a lack of necessary equipment to inadequate monitoring, there are specific mistakes that lead to malpractice actions most often.
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Laser treatment stops excessive underarm sweat
HealthCanal
People who suffer from excessive underarm sweating now have an additional treatment option to rid themselves of an often embarrassing, and sometimes even debilitating, medical condition called axillary hyperhidrosis.
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Used photocopier linked to $1.2 million HIPAA settlement
Life Sciences Legal Update
Affinity Health Plan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle potential HIPAA violations resulting from a breach self-report by Affinity, which first learned of the electronic protected health information stored on its formerly leased photocopier's hard drive from "CBS Evening News."
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Wisconsin senator leads protest against hospital cuts
The Associated Press via LifeHealth PRO
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is leading a fight against proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals that she says will reduce access to healthcare and weaken rural economies across the nation.
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Report: Rural Nebraska short on dentists
SBWire
The Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center says 20 counties in the state don't have a single dentist practicing in the area, and another 31 counties have fewer than two dentists.
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Nursing infection preventionists invaluable to improving hand hygiene rates and decreasing hospital-acquired infections
Medical News Today
Hand hygiene is the single most important step caregivers can take in preventing hospital-acquired infections, yet research shows that nurses and other caregivers often don't follow recommended guidelines for hand hygiene — and are only in compliance from 30 percent to 48 percent of the time, depending on which study is being cited.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Putting the best foot forward: ICD-10, interoperability and you
Charlotte Bohnett
With everyone who's covered under HIPAA preparing to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 14, 2014, there's a lot of information out there on both the positive and less-than-positive aspects of the change. One of the main benefits that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, World Health Organization and other healthcare organizations are citing about the new diagnosis codes is improved interoperability — quite the innovative concept. Outside of these massive government groups, though, folks have their reservations.
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This rare animal now being used to comfort patients in hospital
PolicyMic
When it comes to the ranks of animals in the therapy kingdom, a lesser known member is the llama. At Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas in Vancouver, Wash., the owner acted on a hunch that llamas would make for particularly huggable creatures and trained his animals for hospital visits.
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As cheerleaders fly high, so does the risk of injury
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation via The Herald
As the fall sport season kicks off, parents, coaches and athletic trainers are focusing their attention on the safety of their players, but statistics show that injuries on the sidelines — among cheerleaders — rank almost as high as those that take place on the field.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Prelex: An alternative to cross the last frontier
Clínica de Oftalmología Sandiego S.A. (Spanish language)
Presbyopia is known in the medical field as the last frontier (the more complex refractive correction after myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism are corrected with laser surgery definitely). However, presbyopia remains a subject of study, and the AAAASF International accredited Clínica de Oftalmología Sandiego S.A. continues to refine different techniques to correct it.
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Surgeons defend 'smile surgery'
The Wall Street Journal
The need to smile all day at work is turning young South Koreans toward a surgical procedure that lifts the corners of their mouths. Cosmetic surgeons in Seoul say they are seeing a sudden rise in demand for the so-called smile surgery this year among men and women in their 20s and 30s, most of whom are concerned about facing criticism at work because of their expressionless miens.
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The bankruptcy of conventional medical tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
Medical tourism is broken — but not dead, argues Dr. Constantine Constantinides, who says it's time to re-think the conventional approach in favor of more contemporary models.
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