3D printing helps restore face of severely injured teen | Mauritius aims to become high-end plastic surgery destination | CMS clarifies hardship exemption application process
February 5, 2016
 
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3D printing helps restore face of severely injured teen
Plastic surgeon Pablo Prichard used 3D printing to reconstruct the face of a 17-year-old who was hit by a car. The boy's forehead had crush wounds, his eye socket was pulverized and his cheek skin and muscles were torn down to his teeth. The boy has undergone four surgeries and will have two more to minimize scars and restore cheek volume.
KNXV-TV (Phoenix) (2/2) 
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Mauritius aims to become high-end plastic surgery destination
Tourism contributes more than 25% of Mauritius' gross domestic product, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, and officials are hoping to attract more plastic surgery tourists. "We want growth, but we want to keep Mauritius a high-end destination," said Ken Poonoosamy, managing director of a business development board. The island's medical infrastructure has been upgraded, and the government offers tax breaks to medical firms and has streamlined visa and work permit applications.
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Practice Management
CMS clarifies hardship exemption application process
The CMS has clarified the hardship exemption process for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program with new guidance. The additional information states that applications for hardship exemptions that apply to 2017 payment adjustments don't require documentation.
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Study: Post-mastectomy reconstruction with fat transfer is safe
Autologous fat transfer does not increase the risk of cancer recurrence when used to reconstruct breasts after mastectomy, according to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The researchers assessed the risk of locoregional and systemic recurrence in cancer patients compared with cancer-free patients who had prophylactic mastectomy. The researchers found no link between autologous fat transfer and locoregional recurrence, systemic recurrence or second breast cancer.
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Research & Technology
Scientists ID stem cells involved in craniofacial bone growth
Scientists report in the journal Nature Communications that stem cells associated with the AXIN2 gene are specific to craniofacial bones and are different from other stem cells involved in the formation of other bones. The finding might eventually lead to a technology to repair damaged skull and facial bones.
HealthDay News (2/2) 
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Surgical stapler and sealing device maker gets $11.2M boost
A Series B round of debt and equity financing has brought in $11.2 million for JustRight Surgical, a Louisville, Colo.-based maker of surgical stapler and sealing devices. The money will be used to support the commercialization of the company's devices in Europe and the US.
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