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Payoffs of going paperless
Outpatient Surgery
The Year of the EMR Conversion: For Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., that was 2012 — nothing but contracts, interfaces, workflow analysis, programs, servers, wizards, procedure cards and pick lists. Planning and implementing an electronic medical records system required hard work, long days and learning a new lingo, but now that it's done the facility is beginning to reap the benefits.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Keeping it real: Perfecting the ethnic nose
Geoffrey R. Keyes, MD, FACS
Patients undergoing rhinoplasty often want to maintain their ethnicity, according to AAAASF President Geoffrey R. Keyes, MD, FACS, a leader in facial plastic surgery in California. "You have to take into account the specific internal and external features of each patient's nose," he advises. "Ethnic noses may require a considerable alteration of the internal structures in order to change the outer appearance."
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More women opting for breast reduction surgery
KGO-TV
When it comes to plastic surgery, most people are probably familiar with breast augmentation procedures. But a growing number of women are now finding relief for a variety of physical problems by opting for breast reduction.
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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.
 


Cataract surgery safety for the elderly
Daily Rx
Cataract surgery can significantly improve vision for cataract patients, but is it a good option for the elderly? A recent study found that after surgery, visual acuity (clearness of vision) significantly increased for a group of very elderly patients with cataracts.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


AAAASF board member outlines the risks of postoperative care
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
What are the key liability risks general surgeons face? AAAASF board member Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, of The Doctors Company, writing with Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS, in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, says the most dangerous risks are associated with the postoperative phase.
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Google Glass assists surgeons, students at Ohio State University
ABC News
Google Glass has been used to film road trips, fashion shows and boardwalk arrests. Now, a group of surgeons at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center can add that it can film surgical procedures too.
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CDC's digital library stacks up on recommendations, guidelines
PhysBizTech
In an effort to increase the shelf life of medical guidelines and recommendations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created the CDC Stacks, a free digital library comprising peer-reviewed articles and other public health documents.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Unprecedented demand for family docs, NPs as Obamacare emerges
Forbes
As the Affordable Care Act moves forward, primary care professions, led by family physicians and the up-and-coming professions of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are in high demand, according to physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins. For the first time, nurse practitioners and physician assistants jumped in the top 20 of Merritt Hawkins' annual review of health professional recruitment and staffing, knocking radiologists and anesthesiologists out of the top 20 ranking.
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New joint program could improve patient care, physician and staff morale
News-Medical
A new joint program between the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California demonstrates a way to mend the system with a new patient-centered program that is getting raves from patients, as well as the residents and nurses who provide their care.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


No workarounds: Following the rules of the therapy cap
Heidi Jannenga
If you're like most rehab therapists, finding a letter from Medicare in your mailbox is enough to make your brow sweat and your heart skip a beat. Rather than defend our decisions, expertise and treatment plans, some of us look for ways to "game the system." One way therapists are doing this is working around the therapy cap to avoid having their exceptions rejected.
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New protocol cuts patient rehab time
Science Newtork WA via Medical Xpress
There is good news for post-operative knee surgery patients: UWA research confirms that an accelerated return to full weight bearing is not only feasible, but it provides better outcomes.
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Center serves autistic children through music therapy, social skills groups
Midland Reporter-Telegram
The best part of working with children who have autism is seeing their confidence build up every day, said Shilah Gonzalez, lead behavior therapist at the Autism Outreach Resource Center, a program started in April 2012 by MARC, a center that serves people with disabilities.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Clinical case report: Contemporary aesthetic implantology
Implantes Dentales
The replacement of missing teeth with dental implants is a well-established and predictable treatment option. Traditional protocols suggested several months of healing after tooth loss before implant placement. More recently, the early or immediate placement has become a common trend, since success rates are similar to the traditional protocol. Dr. Ivan Navarro of Implantes Dentales, an AAAASF International-accredited dental practice in Curridabat, Costa Rica, discusses contemporary treatment in a clinical case report written during a fellowship in oral implantology.
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UK: Warning over non-medical practice staff triaging patients
Pulse
More than half of all practice managers in the U.K. use some form of triage system, a new survey has revealed. The Campden Health Survey of 1,195 GPs, nurses and practice managers found that 56 percent had used some kind of telephone triage — but around half of the staff that triaged calls received no training in telephone triage, while 13 percent of respondents reported that receptionists with no medical background were involved in providing triage.
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