Joan Rivers understood the risks, rewards of cosmetic surgery | Patients in Dubai line up for plastic surgery | CMS to host call on averting pay cuts related to quality programs
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September 9, 2014
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Joan Rivers understood the risks, rewards of cosmetic surgery
Legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who was well-known for her openness about cosmetic surgery, died after suffering cardiac arrest while undergoing an elective endoscopy. Rivers acknowledged the risks of any surgery in a video shot two years ago at the office of her plastic surgeon Norman Leaf, which has since been circulated widely on the Internet. "A death from elective surgery is every doctor's worst fear," Leaf said. "... Any surgery has risks, but I reassured her that I had never lost a patient in 40 years of practicing, and I didn't expect to lose one then." KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV (Los Angeles) (9/6)
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Patients in Dubai line up for plastic surgery
Facial plastic surgeon Jason Diamond says he was surprised by the demand the first time he traveled to Dubai as a guest surgeon in 2009. The Emirates Plastic Surgery Society said its membership of cosmetic surgeons in Dubai and other United Arab Emirates states rose from 60 in 2006 to 150 in 2014. Medical tourism to the area is also increasing. "Last year, I saw patients from 73 nationalities, which is a record," said Luiz Toledo, a plastic surgeon from Brazil who moved his practice to Dubai in 2005. CNN (9/8)
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Practice Management
CMS to host call on averting pay cuts related to quality programs
The CMS will conduct a call to inform eligible professionals and group practices of ways to avoid negative payment adjustments under the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System, meet EHR Incentive Program quality measures and prevent pay cuts under the 2016 Value-Based Modifier program. The call will be held Sept. 17. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (9/5)
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Physicians are not immune to conflicts of interest
Acknowledging that conflicts of interest are real and discussing them openly is a major first step toward reducing their impact on doctors' decisions, Indiana University School of Medicine's Dr. Aaron E. Carroll writes. Conflict of interest rules are needed because of doctors' "magical thinking" that they are immune to what affects others, Carroll writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Upshot blog (9/9)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
CMS proposes new fire safety rules for health care facilities
Proposed CMS rules would change fire safety standards for hospices, hospitals and other health care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The regulations cover sprinkler systems in new and existing facilities and smoke alarm requirements for new construction. The CMS is accepting comments on the proposals. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (9/2)
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Research & Technology
Research underway to develop artificial tissues for transplant
Research at Brigham and Women's Hospital being funded by the NIH and the Department of Defense involves the use of tissue engineering to create artificial tissue that can be used for transplantation. Researchers so far have successfully developed artificial heart tissue that resembles a naturally beating heart. Researchers also are tapping into 3D printing to eventually create liver, heart or bone. Boston Herald (9/2)
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-- Golda Meir,
former Israeli prime minister
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