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Surgical benchmarks: How do you measure up?
Outpatient Surgery
Surgery is awash in statistics, perhaps more so than any other branch of medicine. To know how you're doing in the operating room, just compare your performance against surgery's many magic numbers and hallowed yardsticks: turnover times, infection rates, block time utilization, first case on-time starts. But which numbers matter most?
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


AAAASF leaders contribute to Clinics in Plastic Surgery 'Outpatient' edition
AAAASF
When the journal Clinics in Plastic Surgery published an edition this summer focusing on outpatient plastic surgery, they relied on the expertise and contributions of AAAASF members, led by guest editors Geoffrey R. Keyes, MD, FACS, president of AAAASF, and Robert Singer, MD, FACS, an AAAASF trustee. The edition's contents offer a comprehensive overview of plastic surgery practices and advances in the ambulatory care setting. To read the edition online, visit Outpatient Plastic Surgery and choose Vol. 40 No. 3, July 2013.
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Complications from laser lipo when not performed by plastic surgeons
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Laser liposuction is powerful and requires training to avoid burning of the skin and extensive scarring. The problem is that most doctors using laser lipo are typically the least trained in liposuction techniques because they aren't plastic surgeons. Often, the doctors who are doing laser lipo in their office — away from the oversight of health regulations found in hospitals, surgery centers or other accredited operating rooms — are not trained in cosmetic plastic surgery.
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Doctors find 2 new ways to treat postoperative pain
Counsel & Heal
Two new approaches to treating postoperative pain — sans narcotics — have come from two studies that were presented at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
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Visit AAAASF at Plastic Surgery The Meeting in San Diego
AAAASF
AAAASF will be exhibiting and training surveyors during the upcoming ASPS event, "Plastic Surgery The Meeting," scheduled Oct. 11-15 in San Diego. Visit AAAASF at Booth #1825 to learn more about how to become a surveyor or find out more about AAAASF.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


4 questions providers are asking with 1 year until ICD-10
Government Health IT
One year from today, we will be using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes to classify medical diagnoses and procedures. Are you going to be ready? Various surveys aren't finding a lot of optimism.
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Healthcare providers face tougher HIPAA rules
HealthLeaders Media
More stringent privacy regulations now in effect mean hospitals and medical practices can expect random audits, higher fines and a surge in formal complaints from patients who ask for, but do not receive, their medical records in a timely fashion.
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A doctor's 9 predictions about the 'Obamacare era'
KUNC
Debate is raging about Obamacare, and not just in Washington. Here are one doctor's predictions about the short- and medium-term for what is seen as the unfolding Obamacare era — the biggest domestic health expansion since the enactment of Medicare in 1965.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Shortage: It's hard out there for a doctor
The Epoch Times
America's doctor shortage is quickly becoming a crisis. No fewer than 14 states have introduced legislation or created new programs to deal with the problem. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports the country is currently short 20,000 doctors. Over the next decade, that number could quintuple.
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Nurse practitioners more satisfied with their job choice than physicians
FierceHealthcare
Nurse practitioners are extremely satisfied with their career choice and remain optimistic about the future of their profession, according to a new Staff Care survey.
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What to watch as health law takes effect
Daily Yonder
Rural America has a lot at stake with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, say rural health advocates. Here's what three of them will be watching as "Obamacare" moves forward with major new provisions like insurance marketplaces.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


California governor signs bill opening access to physical therapy
California Healthline
The longstanding requirement that patients in California must get a physician's referral first to receive treatment from a physical therapist was eliminated Oct. 7 in a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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Research looks at effectiveness of braces for scoliosis
HealthTech Zone
A new study published online in the New England Journal of Medicine says bracing in adolescence with idiopathic scoliosis lowers the chances of the condition progressing to the point where surgery is needed.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Why Costa Rica? Clinic focuses on keys to international presence
DentaVac Dental Clinic
Situated in a suburb of the Costa Rican capital city of San Jose, AAAASF International-accredited DentaVac Dental Clinic has honed the keys to its growing international presence: quality and education, affordability and a pleasant experience. Backed up by a staff of highly trained professionals, the dental surgeons at DentaVac offer services ranging from one-hour teeth whitening to full-mouth reconstructive treatments.
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Luxury in the context of medical tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
Is medical tourism "healthcare for the financially challenged"? The sector is dominated by the idea of frugality and low-cost treatment. Dr. Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics explores the concept of luxury medical travel.
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GSK aims to market world's first malaria vaccine
Reuters Health
British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children.
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