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Doctors: The untapped resource in understanding ACA
Pamela Lewis Dolan
Doctors and nurses, who are among the most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act in many patients' opinions, could play a valuable role in helping the public understand the law. But they are among the least used sources from which most people have actually received information. The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll from August found there's plenty of confusion surrounding the ACA and what it might mean to patients. Many believe physicians and nurses can provide the best information about the law, but those conversations aren't taking place.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Coding and billing: Inside breast reconstructions and revisions
Outpatient Surgery
Breast surgery can be a challenge to code. Some payers, for example, won't cover reconstructive procedures on prior breast augmentations, while others will cover the reconstructive procedures, but not the implant replacement. Here's the latest on recent coding clarifications, as well as important details regarding implants and payer considerations.
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Varied results from different tension vectors applied to cadavers during face-lifts
Healio
Different orientations of tension vectors applied during face-lift surgery in cadavers achieved different structural changes to key points across the face, according to recent study results.
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Virtual surgical planning assists in complex facial reconstruction
Doctors Lounge
Virtual surgical planning aids in the performance of successful complex maxillofacial reconstruction, according to a study published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Untreatable: 4 core actions to fight antibiotic-resistant threats
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Every year, more than 2 million people in the U.S. get infections that are resistant to antibiotics — and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat antibiotic resistance, CDC has identified four core actions that must be taken.
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California sees first outpatient center for pain, end-of-life decisions
MedCity News
Striving to treat not just a disease, but the entire person, a new medical facility for the seriously ill has opened in San Jose. The first free-standing outpatient center of its kind in California, Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley aims to treat often overlooked aspects of major illness: pain, other types of discomfort, emotional distress and anxiety of families facing difficult decisions.
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AHIMA calls for national guidelines for outpatient visit code reporting
Healthcare Technology Online
Implementing national guidelines for reporting hospital outpatient clinic visits would lead to standardized and consistent auditing of hospitals' billing practices for clinic and emergency department visits. The result would be easier identification of potential inappropriate practices requiring additional action.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


California health bills focus on access in several practice areas
KQED
California's legislators introduced a suite of bills during the just-ended legislative session with an eye toward helping to expand access to primary care. These "scope-of-practice" bills have sometimes been the subject of hot debate in Sacramento, but three of them survived and have moved to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
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HHS invests $5.3 million in rural health IT, telehealth
EHR Intelligence
Rural hospitals and health centers face difficulties in recruiting and retaining qualified health IT staff as many of these individuals are instead drawn to large and generally academic institutions in urban locations.
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Officials warn buyers to be on the lookout for fake, look-alike exchange sites
Kaiser Health News with Government Computer News
As states are setting up their online health insurance marketplaces, officials are watching for look-alike websites that can lead consumers to be the victims of fraud or simply, confusion.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


A multidimensional individualized approach to plantar fasciitis treatment
Heidi Dawson
Plantar fasciitis is thought to affect around 10 percent of people at some point in their lifetime. There are many forms of treatment out there that have been used in attempts to cure the condition, but so far no single treatment has demonstrated consistently good results. And therein lies the problem.
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Foot posture: A common cause of musculoskeletal pain
MDNews
Foot pain has long been recognized as highly prevalent in older adults, affecting approximately 1 in 3 people older than 65. But a 2008 study of people 18 or older shows nearly 1 in 5 people in that larger age group suffers from foot pain, aching or stiffness.
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Occupational, physical therapy key to integrative pain management
MPR
Patients with pain may benefit from interventions by both occupational and physical therapists, according to Susan McNulty, OTD, OTR/L, CP, and Erica L. Sigman, DPT, OCS, who explained their roles on a pain management team.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


UK: New global health plan includes medical travel
International Medical Travel Journal
Individual health plans that include a health optimization service and an insurance program that allows patients to be jetted to the best clinic in the world for their specific condition has been launched in the U.K. after being first offered in the U.S.
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Clinic designs treatment packages for medical tourists
Sonrisas Factory
To ease the logistics of traveling abroad for medical treatment, AAAASF International-accredited Sonrisas Factory in Santa Marta, Colombia, has designed customizable treatment packages that include airport transfers, lodging, breakfast, transportation to and from the clinic, tour advice and even Internet and VoIP services. The facility specializes in dental treatments ranging from implants to pediatric dentistry.
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Colombia: Prime medical tourism destination
The City Paper
When Philip Sheldon* was told by his Toronto doctor that he was on a six-month waiting list for cataract surgery, the retired executive had the foresight to call his son-in-law in Bogotá to see what could be done.
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