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Research: American doctors are 'drowning in paperwork'
Scott E. Rupp
According to a new study, U.S. doctors spend nearly 17 percent of their working lives on nonpatient-related paperwork — time that might otherwise be spent caring for patients. The findings also suggest that the more time doctors spend on such tasks, the unhappier they are about having chosen medicine as a career.
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'Vacation breasts' may be the next big thing in plastic surgery
ABC News
Think of it as test driving plastic surgery: You wouldn't buy a car without driving it, seeing how it feels when you sit in the seat. So why should breasts be any different?
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ATX-101 will create a new market in facial aesthetics if approved
Dermatology Times
The hoopla about a potential new injectable treatment for reduction of neck fat — sodium deoxycholate (ATX-101) — is well-deserved, says a speaker at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
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Gastric band vs. bypass: Benefits and risks
Health24
Patients have found that gastric bypass surgery produces more weight loss than an adjustable gastric band, but both procedures have complications.
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Patient pain care guide offers options for mysterious pain syndrome
PRLog
Thousands of people suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a crippling, burning pain. Author Elena Juris has written a patient guide for these severe pain sufferers: "Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Self-Help and Treatment."
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CMS ready to spread more sunshine by the end of the year
Bloomberg BNA
CMS official Doug Brown recently told attendees at the Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum that the agency is slated to release more Open Payments records by the end of December.
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HHS lowers projections for 2015 Affordable Care Act enrollment
ACA International
The estimates include data from the first open enrollment period and surveys of insurance coverage. As the uninsured rate declines, hospitals are seeing lower uncompensated care costs this year.
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Physician practices grapple with new financial pressures
Modern Medicine
Financially, most physician practices are either stuck in neutral or falling behind, according to results from the 2014 Medical Economics Physician Practice Survey. More than 84 percent of the physicians surveyed said their practices are doing the same or worse than a year ago.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


9 in 10 providers pursuing telemedicine despite hurdles
Foley & Lardner LLP
Healthcare providers are actively pursuing telemedicine advancements despite reimbursement and regulatory challenges, according to a new survey of senior healthcare executives released Nov. 11 by Foley & Lardner LLP.
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Wayne State program that boosts primary care access gets $1.2 million
Crain's Detroit Business
A program that seeks to improve access to primary care providers in medically underserved Michigan communities has received a federal funding boost to help it expand.
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Hospital struggles after Mayo takeover
Star Tribune
As Minnesota's large rural providers rush to buy up clinics, residents worry they're losing local care. The dispute is in many ways a reflection of the pressures facing hospitals large and small as federal health reform takes hold.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Preventing iPosture pain
UConn Today
Technology has its benefits, but sometimes it can be a pain in the neck — literally. Healthcare professionals often use the terms "text neck" or "iPosture" to describe the position we take when using our electronic devices, which can often lead to headaches, back pain and aching shoulders. Since most of us won't abandon our go-to gadgets, is there anything we can do to help prevent the pain?
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Final Rule 2015: What PTs need to know
Brooke Andrus
The summary of this year's Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that, among other things, we now know the details regarding the Physician Quality Reporting System for 2015.
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The X factor in clinical research: The patient
Dynamic Chiropractic
While the world seems tidy and reasonably well-controlled when one considers the elegant — but expensive — design in randomized, controlled trials, it is easy to overlook the degree to which a patient is invested in the treatment he/she is receiving for a particular condition.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Simple mammaplasty assessment method benefits surgeon and patient
Cosmetic Surgery Times
While the variety of mammaplasty techniques has grown by leaps and bounds, assessing their outcomes accurately remains a challenge. This has led a team of plastic surgeons in Italy to devise a method for evaluating post-mammaplasty breast symmetry.
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Florida to promote medical tourism
The Associated Press via Daily Commercial
Visit Florida says it's offering $2.5 million in grant money to increase promotion of medical tourism in Florida.
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The magic of medical and health tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
Ian Youngman, author of "MedicalTourism: Facts and Figures 2014," explores the data, facts and categorization of the health, wellness and medical travel market, which optimists describe to be increasing. Can that be proved?
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