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CMS sets 2014 pay rates for outpatient, physician services
HealthLeaders Media
The Obama administration last week released two final rules dictating how doctors and outpatient hospital facilities will receive payment starting Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015, with two key changes for physician fee schedules and outpatient payments. The new rules reflect changes in healthcare, says CMS, but hospital and medical groups express disappointment and call for attendant SGR reform.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Breast reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nipple-sparing mastectomy is a controversial option for breast cancer treatment due to locoregional recurrence and distant metastasis. In addition to these oncologic factors, technical factors such as ideal incision type or reconstructive options are also debatable. This systematic review examines current trends with nipple-sparing mastectomy, including selection criteria, locoregional and distant metastasis rates, incision choice and reconstructive options.
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Highly effective treatment for excessive scars
Medical News Today
The editors at Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery assemble evidence on laser therapy for scar prevention and treatment.
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New AHRQ tool: Choose more understandable materials
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient educational materials such as brochures, medical instructions and audiovisual aids are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient is supposed to do. AHRQ's Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool and User's Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare patient education materials.
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4 things to know about transparency in healthcare prices, costs and quality
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Helping all of us understand what's driving high healthcare costs — and making the best choices about health insurance and healthcare as a result — is why we need more transparency in the prices, costs and quality of healthcare. Here are four things to know about the issue.
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Will surgeons lose proficiency for open procedures?
Physician's Weekly
Ever since the advent of laparoscopic surgery over 20 years ago and its popularity for many of the common procedures surgeons do, there has been concern that surgeons may eventually lose proficiency for open procedures.
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Patient tracking systems: The importance of real-time data
Versus Technology
Man vs. machine: The debate goes as far back as the 19th century, and still rages on. When it comes to documenting patient flow through healthcare organizations, though, the machine wins every time.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Nebraska FPs betting on success with their own ACO
AAFP News
Can a small, mostly rural, family medicine-based accountable care organization provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients while also saving Medicare money? Nine independent family medicine practices in Nebraska are betting the answer is yes.
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ACA propels this mobile health solution forward
MedCity News
The WellCar is a mobile health solution that brings house calls to the 21st century as a fully mobile, connected medical office on wheels. The University of Kansas solution was thought up as an attempt to solve the doctor shortage for patients who live far away from hospitals, many of whom are underserved or have chronic conditions.
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Tennessee's rural hospitals cut staffs, services to the bone
The Tennessean
Funding changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the political battles that rage on about the federal health law threaten rural hospitals of all sizes in Tennessee. Their administrators have been laying off workers, reducing services and worrying about the future.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Why your EMR should tailor to physical therapy, not meaningful use
Brooke Andrus
If you're in the market for an electronic medical record program, you already know there are tons of options out there. On top of that, some EMRs are certified for a particular purpose, such as meaningful use.
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The healthcare hall pass: Permission or access?
Allan Besselink
There is often much rejoicing when physical therapists gain some "degree" of access for consumers. But there is a significant difference between access — and permission.
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Helping patients understand the value of physical therapy
PT Talker
To truly understand things from a patient's perspective, Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT, refers to something she learned in her Pain Sciences coursework: "The pain is where the patient says it is, when they say it is, and it is as bad as they say it is, because it is THEIR pain."
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Boston health officials investigating severe infections from medical tourism
The Boston Globe
Boston health officials are investigating several reports of severe infections in patients who traveled to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery. At least two patients in Boston, and another in Worcester, are believed to have been infected with Mycobacterium abscessus.
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Dentistry drives Costa Rican medical tourism
Clínica de Estética Dental
Currently, Costa Rica is one of the most visited countries by tourists seeking medical or cosmetic procedures. By 2014, 100,000 health tourists are expected to visit Costa Rica in search of quality service and fair prices in surgery and medical treatments. Leading the demand? Dentistry. While that brings a smile to Dr. Alberto González's face, he's using the AAAASF International-accredited facility he founded, Clínica de Estética Dental, to help bring a smile to the faces of the patients he serves.
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Another healthcare debate: The rise of medical tourism
Inside My Health
As the healthcare debate plays out in political circles, nearly 1 million Americans forgo health services at home and travel abroad to have their medical needs met.
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