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Congress moves closer to changing how Medicare pays doctors
Kaiser Health News
Key House and Senate committees approved legislation Dec. 12 to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate, the formula officials use to pay doctors who treat Medicare patients.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Post-mastectomy pain hits a nerve
Cure
Post-mastectomy pain syndrome is a type of chronic pain that occurs after breast cancer surgeries such as mastectomy, lumpectomy and axillary lymph node dissection. Study results vary, but show that anywhere from 20 to 68 percent of breast cancer survivors experience PMPS.
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What anesthesia can teach us about consciousness
The New York Times
Studies of anesthesia awareness are full of horror stories, because administering anesthesia is a tightrope walk: Too much can kill, but too little can leave a patient aware of the procedure and unable to communicate that awareness. Successful anesthetization requires complete unconsciousness, and consciousness isn't something we can measure.
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Simulators like a 3-D video game for surgeons
Star Tribune via Ames Tribune
In complex cases ranging from enlarged prostates to brain tumors, physicians at the University of Minnesota are using virtual-reality simulators more and more to perfect their surgical techniques. And, in what may be the most significant change in surgical training since the early 1900s, they are working with local medical device companies to develop new generations of software to train the next generation of medical students.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


AAPS tells Congress: Pay cut is better than the alternative
AAPS via The Sacramento Bee
Every year there is a battle in Congress to stave off the automatic Clinton-Gingrich "sustained growth rate" cut in Medicare physicians' fees that was enacted in 1997. Each year, Congress has delayed it, meaning that the following year's cut, according to the formula, is more draconian, explains the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
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Getting the point of sharps safety
Outpatient Surgery
In recent years, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its state counterparts have been stepping up inspections for compliance with sharps safety and other issues at surgical facilities nationwide. Some of the resulting citations and fines have made headlines. How well do you know the agency's needle stick prevention regulations?
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Study raises ethical questions about limits of informed consent
Health Canal
When surgeons about to perform a high-risk operation discuss it with their patients, most do not bring up the potential for aggressive interventions afterward or determine their patients' preferences for those interventions, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Doctors: How to get a handle on your finances in 2014
Karen Childress
Have you resolved, year after year, to take control of your financial life? Working in the healthcare field keeps physicians busy year-round and leaves little time to assess your money affairs. If 2014 is the year you'd like to actually follow through with that resolution, set aside some time to answer the following questions to jump-start the process.
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Nurse practitioners seek more autonomy
Cumberland Times-News
Nurse practitioners in Western Maryland and across the state are pushing changes in laws and regulations that limit their ability to practice independently as primary care providers.
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6 regulatory and procedural hurdles for multistate telemedicine
MobiHealth News
For the most part, the laws that govern the practice of medicine in the United States are state laws. One of the few things federal law does say is that jurisdiction of those laws is based on the patient's location, not the doctor's. That's tough news for a mobile health company that wants to establish any sort of multi-state telemedicine practice.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Changing physical therapy requirements in Michigan
WZZM-TV
Proposed legislation in Michigan could make it no longer necessary to have a physician's referral in order to seek physical therapy treatment.
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Regional interdependence: Evaluating the areas above and below an injury
MD News
Runners and athletes are subject to myriad musculoskeletal issues: low back pain, plantar fasciitis and knee tendinitis, just to name a few. Because it can be difficult to find the reason for a problem, the concept of regional interdependence is an important one.
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The ethics of physical therapists and social media
San Angelo Live
It is a rare thing to find someone who doesn't have a computer or a smartphone, much less someone who hasn't dabbled in social media. For physical therapists and other healthcare providers, this could present a challenging ethical situation.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Which countries get the most plastic surgery?
Refinery 29
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons claims that 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2012, up 5 percent from the previous year. But according to data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Goldman Sachs, Italy, Greece and South Korea are the biggest fans of cosmetic procedures.
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Smiles created with responsibility
Sonrisas Dental Center
As a facility accredited by AAAASF International, Dental Center is one of the healthcare practices that has helped make Medellín, Colombia, the "city of health." Dental Center specializes in oral health, with specialists in the different areas of dentistry. It offers integrated attention, along with quality and responsibility, all in just one location.
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Case study: Employer sponsored medical tourism
International Medical Travel Journal
Many medical tourism destinations and international hospitals are pursuing the "American dream" and see the U.S. as a lucrative market for their medical tourism services. Companion Global Healthcare is one of the few businesses that has understood the opportunity in U.S. employer sponsored medical tourism.
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