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Secrets to speedier room turnover
Outpatient Surgery
In the quest to run an efficient surgical facility, you're always looking to shave seconds off your turnover times so you can start the next case sooner and squeeze another case onto the schedule, all in the hopes of keeping your ORs hopping and your surgeons happy.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Standard classification of dysplastic nevi
The Clinical Advisor
Follow-up recommendations for the different levels of dysplasias vary depending on which expert you ask. What are the standards?
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How Google Glass is now being used during surgery
Forbes
Philips Healthcare and Accenture are developing a new way to help surgeons deliver more efficient and effective patient care using Google Glass technology.
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Surgeons describe new knee ligament
Medical News Today
At the Belgian University Hospitals Leuven, two knee surgeons have for the first time given a full anatomical description of a new ligament they term the anterolateral ligament, which is thought to play a key role in anterior cruciate ligament tears.
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Patients with scarring problems can be helped by fat grafting
TeleManagement
A study published in The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery reports that a technique using injection of the patient's own fat cells is an effective treatment for hard, contracted scars resulting from burns or other causes.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Study: Interrupted sleep might not impair performance of practicing surgeons
News@JAMA
There was a time when sleep deprivation among physicians was considered an unquestioned reality, then a time when it became an unnecessary risk for both physicians and patients. Now, the debate continues, with new findings suggesting that sleep interruption may be more benign that previously suspected — at least among experienced surgeons.
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Health groups ask for Medicare rule delay
The Hill
Two major hospital and physician organizations wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nov. 8, asking it to push back the implementation of a rule designed to clarify when Medicare pays for inpatient versus outpatient visits.
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Consumers must also be held accountable for medical credit cards
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Medical credit cards have come under fire lately, with a spotlight on potential consumer abuses by the credit card companies. But it's important to avoid excusing the consumer from any responsibility when applying for credit.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


MedPAC study: $3 billion added to rural healthcare bill not justified
UPI
The extra $3 billion allocated to U.S. rural areas — based on the assumption rural beneficiaries receive less care — may not be necessary, according to MedPAC analysts.
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Study: Greater healthcare access increases opioid abuse
Medical Daily
A wider availability of lifesaving healthcare promised by the Affordable Care Act comes with some short-term caveats: a severe shortage of doctors and nurses is exacerbated, some subscribers are compelled to migrate to costlier coverage, and the rate of prescription drug abuse rises.
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The virtual dental home: Implications for policy and strategy
Telehealth Resource Centers
Telehealth is becoming much more attractive — especially in the area of dental health. Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA, and Mario Gutierrez, MPH, offer an update on the concept of a virtual dental home.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Xbox Kinect helps stroke patients regain freedom of movement
SlashGear
Physical therapy researchers at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center are developing a home therapy program for stroke patients, and the Xbox Kinect plays a central role.
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Aquatic fitness can provide relief for pregnant women
HydroWorx
Pregnancy makes exercise regimens more difficult to maintain. Aquatic fitness can offer a viable option for fitness and can offer some much-needed relief.
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What PQRS could look like in 2014
Heidi Jannenga
The 605-page draft of the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule contains proposals for policy changes on everything from reimbursements to the Physician Compare tool on Medicare's website. Here are some of the highlights of the potential changes to the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Focus on digestive health drives Costa Rican clinic
Centro Digestivo
More than a decade ago, Centro Digestivo opened its doors in San Jose, Costa Rica, intent on improving the digestive health of the community. Now an AAAASF International certified facility, Centro Digestivo's "community" has crossed borders, drawing international acclaim and patients from all points of the globe.
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Plastic surgery: Ethnic and global trends
WJLA-TV
The number of beauty-seekers turning to plastic surgery grows every day. And it's happening around the globe and with almost every ethnic group.
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Medical tourism: Rewards not without risks
General Surgery News
In terms of overall medical tourism for any procedure, the most commonly cited figures come from a 2008 survey by the consulting firm Deloitte, which estimated that 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for medical care in 2007 and projected the number would rise to more than 10 million annually by this year.
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