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AAAASF board of directors conducts election of officers
AAAASF
The board of directors for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. elected officers and welcomed two new board members Oct. 25. The officers are as follows:
  • President: Dr. Foad Nahai of Atlanta, where he is a professor of plastic surgery at Emory University
  • President-elect: Dr. David C. Watts of Vineland, New Jersey
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Lawrence S. Reed of New York
  • Vice President of External Relations: Darrell Ranum of Columbus, Ohio
  • Vice President of Standards: Dr. Hector Vila, Jr. of Tampa, Florida
  • Vice President of Education: Dr. Gary M Brownstein of Cherry Hill, New Jersey
The new board members are Dr. Paul J. LoVerme of Verona, New Jersey, and Dr. William B. Rosenblatt of New York. Also during the board meeting, members presented a Past President's Award to outgoing President Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes of Los Angeles. He passed the gavel of leadership to Nahai.
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AAAASF board appoints Griffin-Rossi executive director
AAAASF
The Board of Directors for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) has appointed Theresa Griffin-Rossi, Certified Association Executive (CAE), as the organization's executive director. The unanimous decision was made at a board of directors meeting Oct. 25.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Bottoms up: The next big thing in plastic surgery
Washingtonian
More and more women are getting behind derriere enhancements, thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Iggy Azalea. America's growing cohort of surgeons who perform buttock augmentation may want to send these booty-flaunting celebs a thank-you card: Last year, the number of procedures increased by 58 percent.
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Cosmetic infidelity: Why women are getting secret surgery
SheKnows
According to plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M.D., hiding cosmetic enhancements has become a trend among his clients. And it's not just facial hair they're lying about — it's full-on plastic surgery.
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Picosecond laser improves acne scars
Plastic Surgery Practice
Picosecond lasers aren't just for tattoo removal anymore. These devices may also improve facial acne scarring, according to research published online by JAMA Dermatology.
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New laser treatment to help inflammatory skin condition
Dermatology Times
Chromogenex has announced a new laser treatment called Regenlite Transform to stimulate cytokins that can resolve active dermatological disorders.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Participation high in Medicare's ASC quality reporting
Outpatient Surgery
In its first full year of operation, the ASC Quality Reporting Program saw 98.9 percent of Medicare-certified facilities complete its requirements to earn 2015's full annual payment update, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In total, 27 states and the District of Columbia saw 100 percent success rates among the ASCs participating in the reporting program.
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5 questions about the medical device tax
Today's Medical Developments
Quickly following on the heels of the Nov. 4 elections, a select few policy issues made it to the top of Congress's priority list. The medical device tax is a key target, inspiring confidence within the medical device industry that a repeal is, in fact, possible.
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Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
Scott E. Rupp
As Obamacare is entering its second year of implementation, a new survey showcases consumers' thoughts about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance. Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system.
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Technology and patient-centered design
Health Facilities Management
From electronic health record systems to advanced building automation platforms to cutting-edge imaging modalities, today's healthcare facilities employ the latest innovative technologies to provide safe and effective care. This presents a number of challenges for the industry's design and construction community, which is charged with accommodating all of these technologies while providing a patient-centered environment of care.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Once passé, house calls make a comeback
The Washington Post via Union-Bulletin
In the 1930s, doctors saw patients at home about 40 percent of the time. In the 1980s, nearly all visits took place at the physician's office or at a hospital. Less than 1 percent were house calls. But the American Academy of Home Care Medicine has embarked on a saga to spread this very personal way of caring for sick elderly patients.
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Some experts dispute claims of looming doctor shortage
Kaiser Health News
You hear it so often it's almost a cliche: The nation is facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the coming years. But is that really the case?
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Have faith, early adopters: Telehealth's time is finally here
Karen R. Thomas
As with most new things, the early stages of new technology can be tricky for a number of reasons — especially when the technology is tied to operating an old business model like healthcare in a new way.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


New approach to back pain
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Boston's New England Baptist Hospital has attracted global attention for its intense, exercise-based rehabilitation program that addresses one of the most common ailments in human history: chronic back pain.
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Documentary features 'good company' helping physically challenged
MultiView Inc.
Some of the best entrepreneurial stories come out of unexpected challenges that life has dealt. Be Adaptive Equipment in Columbia City, Indiana, is one such company. The mission behind their products is to help physically-challenged outdoorsmen enjoy the activities they love, such as hunting, shooting, fishing, archery and riding ATVs.
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Research: The effect of footwear on running performance
Sports Medicine
The effect of footwear on running economy has been investigated in numerous studies. However, no systematic review and meta-analysis has synthesised the available literature and the effect of footwear on running performance is not known.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Australia's richest woman pledges $175 million to lure medical tourists
The Australian
Australia's richest woman, Gina Rinehart, has pledged $175 million to develop a state-of-the-art health facility in Darwin as part of her wider vision to develop Northern Australia.
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Facelift scandals rock Lebanon
The Associated Press via Yahoo Finance
It is often said that Lebanon has only two things going for it: food and plastic surgery. This week, both industries took a hit, with the country's health minister naming a long list of beauty clinics operating without a license.
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We don't want your medical tourism business
International Medical Travel Journal
Why are some countries turning against medical tourism? Dr. Constantine Constantinides of healthCare cybernetics looks at the resentment factor in medical tourism.
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