New cosmetic procedure to reduce cellulite approved by FDA | How to build a medical referral network | HHS clarifies rules for filming patients after hospital misstep
April 26, 2016
In the News
New cosmetic procedure to reduce cellulite approved by FDA
A new cosmetic procedure may help get rid of cellulite for about two years or longer, according to researchers. Cellfina, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, treats the underlying cause of cellulite, releasing fibrous bands that pull down skin and create the dimpled, bumpy appearance. (4/22) 
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of CMS Open Payments, pharmaceutical and industry manufacturers submitted data about their financial relationships with you - physicians and teaching hospitals. CMS encourages you to review that data before it is made available on a publicly accessible website. Learn more now!
Practice Management
How to build a medical referral network
Other physicians and health care providers are a physician's best sources of new business, and creating a strong referral network "is a process, not an event," says health care marketer Daniel Weinbach. Other industry experts' tips include making use of technology such as electronic referrals, communicating frequently with referring providers and patients, making contact with physicians who are new to the area and advertising locally. (4/25) 
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HHS clarifies rules for filming patients after hospital misstep
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will pay $2.2 million to settle federal allegations that the hospital violated two patients' privacy rights when it allowed television crews to film them without their permission. Health care providers are not allowed to invite film crews into treatment areas without first obtaining permission from all patients who are present, according to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/ProPublica (4/23) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Plastic surgeon supports pit bull breeding ban
Plastic surgeon Benjamin Van Raalte has treated so many dog-bite wounds inflicted by pit bulls that he believes breeding the dogs should be banned. The dogs are bred primarily for fighting, they are simply following instinct when they bite, and their bites tend to inflict more damage than other breeds' bites, he says. Moreover, dogfighting "is cruel and unusual to the animals," and a breeding ban would be as much for the dogs' sake as for human safety, he said.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (4/25) 
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Ob-Gyn group releases guidelines for teen plastic surgery
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that physicians talk with teen girls who wish to undergo elective mammaplasty or labiaplasty and screen them for body dysmorphic disorder. The guidelines were published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
HealthDay News (4/22),  MedPage Today (free registration) (4/24) 
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Research & Technology
Sunnybrook FGS, eFACE produce similar results
The Sunnybrook Facial Grading System and the eFACE digitally graded facial measurement scale correlate moderately well in assessing degree of facial paralysis, according to a study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Researchers reviewed the records of 109 patients who were evaluated by physical therapists using the Sunnybrook FGS and eFACE on the same day and found moderately strong correlation between the two methods' functional predictions. News (4/22) 
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