Calif. medical board disciplines cosmetic surgeon | Widow who donated husband's face gets some closure | How to use Microsoft tools to generate practice management data
November 14, 2017
In the News
Calif. medical board disciplines cosmetic surgeon
The Medical Board of California suspended the license of a cosmetic surgeon with offices in Pasadena and Visalia from Nov. 19 through Dec. 16 and put him on five years' probation. Between 2013 and 2015, two of the surgeon's patients died after surgery and two others were injured, the board said.
The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (11/13) 
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Widow who donated husband's face gets some closure
After Lilly Ross' husband died by suicide, she donated his organs and tissues, including his face, which went to another man who survived his own suicide attempt with a rifle. That patient was the Mayo Clinic's first face transplant recipient, and Ross recently met him.
ABC News/The Associated Press (11/10) 
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Dr. William P. Adams Jr. on Canfield’s ViewMyConsult Patient Portal
VECTRA 3D is the centerpiece of our aesthetic consultations, and the ViewMyConsult web portal is invaluable for sharing 3D simulations with my patients while keeping track of their interest.
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Practice Management
How to use Microsoft tools to generate practice management data
Practice management and EHR systems allow physicians to run canned reports that do not always include actionable data for improving efficiency and quality, writes Lucien Roberts. However, Microsoft SQL Server and the PivotTable tool in Microsoft Excel can be used to generate valuable practice management data, Roberts writes.
Physicians Practice magazine online (11/8) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Surgeons may be prescribing excessive opioid pills for rhinoplasty pain
Surgeons typically prescribe 20 to 30 hydrocodone-acetaminophen pills to rhinoplasty patients, who use an average of 8.7 of the pills, according to a study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. "To mitigate the misuse or diversion of physician-prescribed opioid medications, surgeons must be steadfast in prescribing an appropriate amount of pain medication after surgery," researchers wrote.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (11/13) 
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Lax laws allow any Fla. doctor to perform cosmetic surgery
Florida allows any doctor to use the designation "cosmetic surgeon" and perform any surgery as long as he or she has permission from the patient, says plastic surgeon Adam Rubinstein. However, the Florida Board of Medicine appears to be more aggressively investigating allegations of harm, Rubinstein says.
WPLG-TV (Miami) (11/11) 
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Research & Technology
Senators call for UDI inclusion on insurance claim forms
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., urged in a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma that the agency include unique device identifiers on insurance claim forms to support medtech postmarket surveillance "both to improve patient care and to support program integrity." Those opposing the measure, including medical device experts, say the administrative burden would be too high, but they support including unique device identifiers in patient medical records.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (11/9) 
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