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CMS Standards Manuals now updated
AAAASF
AAAASF has recently released new versions of the following CMS standards manuals. The new revisions effective dates are: Please visit AAAASF.org for more information, and view all standards to maintain compliance.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Mommy makeover procedures continue gaining popularity
Health News Digest
One of the most popular cosmetic surgery trends in recent years is the mommy makeover, which is actually a set of popular procedures that are designed to restore a woman's figure after having children. In 2010, over 112,000 tummy tucks were performed in the United States, up 85 percent over a decade, while breast lifts were up 70 percent.
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The new retirement splurge: Plastic surgery
MarketWatch via Morningstar Advisor
Some boomers undergo cosmetic procedures to stay competitive on the job. Plenty of others wait until the rat race is over, and view a nip and a tuck as the ultimate reward in retirement.
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Skin anti-aging guidelines: What's right at what age?
Dermatology Times
Although the photoaging process affects each individual differently, certain general strategies for the prevention and treatment of the condition are available based on the physiologic changes of the skin. Two expert dermatologists share the strategies and methods they use.
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How to ace the pre-operative anesthesia evaluation
Outpatient Surgery
One of the most important elements of anesthesia care is the pre-operative visit between patient and provider. Yet the pre-surgical assessment also tends to be one of the areas we're most lax about doing properly. Here are several points to consider when trying to establish trust and confidence in the patient, and learning all you can about her health history.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Ebola guidance: Checklist for outpatient facilities
AAAASF
Outpatient facilities accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. treat and filter many patients daily. Since patient safety is the mission of AAAASF, the organization is providing a facility preparedness checklist for Ebola, as well as facts about the virus in the United States.
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What are the top financial concerns for physicians?
Dorothy L. Tengler
Practicing medicine continues to be complex and challenging — often to the detriment of physicians' personal financial matters. AMA Insurance's 2014 Report on U.S. Physicians' Financial Preparedness surveyed more than 1,000 employed physicians and tracked key personal financial areas and employee retirement savings.
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ADA 2014 highlights for dental offices
Jill Nesbitt
After the recent American Dental Association conference in San Antonio, those who work in dental offices might find these tips and insights helpful.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


More patients open to primary care offered by physician assistants
Fierce Healthcare
As the healthcare industry seeks to find ways to address the primary care shortage, a recent nationwide survey finds that patients are more open to care provided by physician assistants and believe the providers will be part of the solution to address the country's lack of primary care providers.
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CMS loan program offers rural providers entry to accountable care
Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
The Obama administration plans to offer upfront cash to help small and rural healthcare providers build the infrastructure they need to succeed in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.
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Women help care for patients during physician shortage
The Oakland Press
Eastern Michigan University has launched a Physician Assistant Studies class of 20 members selected from 600 applicants. The program that started in May is designed to address the increase in demand for physician assistants as the shortage of primary care doctors continues to grow.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


What is direct access, and why should PTs care?
Charlotte Bohnett
In popular culture, the word "access" implies exclusivity — like a backstage pass to a rock concert or high-level clearance to government files. When it comes to direct access to physical therapy, however, the opposite is true.
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The real costs of back pain
Money Crashers
Back pain sufferers know exactly how costly that pain can be. Beyond the missed work days, doctors visits and the expense of ongoing care and treatment, back pain can stop a life in its tracks.
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Bronx physical therapy practice offers EMG, NCV testing
Healthcare Industry Today
Pelham Physical Medicine Inc. of Bronx, New York, has added assays for Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity to its available services, in addition to physical therapy, sports medicine and acupuncture.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Health Minister in Moscow to promote medical tourism
Famagusta Gazette
Health Minister Philippos Patsalis is traveling to Moscow, heading a delegation to promote medical tourism in Cyprus as part of the Cyprus-Russian Health and Wellness Forum.
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The risks and rewards of medical tourism
Star Tribune
Americans can save money by having medical procedures done in other countries, but an expert advises caution.
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Lower costs, shorter wait times drive Singapore's medical tourism
ReleaseWire
Singapore's medical tourism market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 30 percent during the forecast period 2013-2017, says RNCOS in its latest research report.
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