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AAAASF addresses patient safety in outpatient facilities
AAAASF
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Patient safety is the sole mission of the organization. Its accredited centers are highly regulated to ensure quality and safety, and the organization builds on safety by analyzing incidents as they occur. Since 1999, AAAASF has collected aggregate data on all adverse events in its accredited facilities, which is stored in its data collection system.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


How breast implants may cause rare lymphoma
Medical News Today
Editor's note: The final paragraph of the Medical News Today story does not necessarily reflect AAAASF views.
Breast augmentation was the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. last year, with around 290,000 women receiving either silicone or saline breast implants. Although extremely rare, some patients who have had this procedure develop a blood cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Now, a new study has shed light on why this is.

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The value of CBCT to surgical outcomes
Dentistry IQ
High resolution, variable-field cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides for exquisite anatomical detail and 3-D visualization that is revolutionizing periodontal diagnosis and treatment and implant dentistry.
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Surgeons tattoo man's eyeball in rare cosmetic procedure
Daily Mail
William Watson, 58, was hit in the face by a ball when he was young and has lived with a white, cloudy iris ever since. But he recently underwent an extremely rare cosmetic procedure to correct the appearance of the damage.
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Flexibility, porosity design leads to regeneration of soft tissue
MDT Magazine
The design of surgical biosynthetic mesh for breast surgery, whether reconstructive or cosmetic, and for hernia or abdominal surgery involves creating material and design that promotes faster healing with natural human tissue regeneration.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Do surgeons have the edge in the US healthcare payment system?
Science Codex
A surprising new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in healthcare: differences in payment and income between physicians who perform operations, procedures or tests, and those who don't.
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Register now for surveyor training workshop
AAAASF
In an effort to meet the increasing demand for certified surveyors and to comply with the regulatory requirements in some states, the AAAASF Surveyor Training Workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 10, as part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting. Due to capacity limitations, priority registration will be for physicians and registered nurses who agree to perform surveys for AAAASF.
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Supreme Court to decide future of teeth whitening industry
Piyush Bakshi
Teeth whitening and bleaching procedures are driving growth in the American dental hygiene market. Teeth whitening alone is a $11 billion business. However, all is not well within this lucrative sector.
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Keep docs within treatment guidelines to cut costs, reduce overuse
Fierce Healthcare
Hospitals across the country can cut costs and standardize care by asking their doctors to stick to guidelines and not deviate from best practices, which can lead to overuse of tests, procedures and medications.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


With the emergence of telemedicine, where do nurses fit in?
Joan Spitrey
So much has changed in the healthcare world with the advent of technology and the evolution of telemedicine. And telemedicine continues to evolve as technology becomes more advanced. Where do nurses fit into this changing landscape?
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Vendor dispute leaves rural practice without EHR data access
EHR Intelligence
According to the Boston Globe A muddy financial dispute between a tiny rural primary care provider in northern Maine and a large vendor providing their cloud-based EHR system has become the latest case of critical patient data being held for ransom.
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'Drive-by-doctoring' drives up hospital costs
FierceHealthFinance
Specialty surgeons insert themselves into medical procedures — often without the knowledge of the patient — driving up costs considerably, the New York Times reported. And the use of stealth medical specialists can extend well beyond the use of assistant surgeons.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Introduction to the GRADE approach for guideline development
Physical Therapy
Practice guidelines have an increasing role in healthcare delivery and are being published more frequently. The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) is an approach for guideline development.
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Beat tennis elbow with stem cell injections
Daily Mail
Patients are receiving jabs of their own cells in an attempt to heal hard-to-treat tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow. The treatment, which has previously been used on injured racehorses, uses a patient's stem cells to super-charge the body's natural repair mechanisms.
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Students build exoskeleton for kids with cerebral palsy
PSFK
For most teens, summer break is hardly synonymous with productivity. However, members of the Granada Hills Charter High School robotics club in Los Angeles used theirs to construct a low-cost exoskeleton to help children with cerebral palsy learn to walk.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


2014 Medical Tourism Index lists world's top destinations
News Medical
Healthcare seekers contemplating an affordable treatment overseas and looking for just the right destination should know that Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Singapore and Costa Rica have been ranked as the most attractive destinations for medical tourism in 2014, the International Healthcare Research Center announced.
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Tour Choice launches medical tourism packages in Phuket, Thailand
ReleaseWire
Tour Choice, a company specializing in package holidays to Southeast Asia, has put together a specialized medical tourism package to take all the headache out of getting high quality medical help abroad.
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Patient empowerment as a driver for medical tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
Patients who are faced with sometimes life-threatening conditions are beginning to seek global solutions to their problem and may "overrule" the advice of their doctors and care team.
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