Rapper publicly thanks "progressive" plastic surgeon | Should plastic surgery training focus more on beauty and form? | CMS releases list of quality measures for value-based care initiatives
November 29, 2016
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Rapper publicly thanks "progressive" plastic surgeon
Rapper Iggy Azalea wished plastic surgeon Ashkan Ghavami a happy birthday via the social media platform Instagram, lauding him as "a progressive thinker ... who supports women in their choice to do what they want with their OWN bodies." Azalea has had rhinoplasty and augmentation mammaplasty.
USA Today (11/28) 
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Should plastic surgery training focus more on beauty and form?
Steven Neal was an artist before he became a facial plastic surgeon, and though plastic surgery is "surgery of form," residency training concentrates on surgical skills, which does not develop students' sense of beauty and direction, Neal writes. "It makes me wonder: Would our patients and our profession benefit more if we recruited plastic surgeons out of sculpture school instead of medical school?" Neal writes.
Journal of the American Medical Association (free content) (11/22) 
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Practice Management
CMS releases list of quality measures for value-based care initiatives
A list of 97 quality measures to be considered for use in various Medicare value-based care purchasing programs has been published by the CMS in conjunction with the National Quality Forum. These measures will be applicable to major Medicare initiatives such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the EHR Incentive Programs for hospitals and critical access hospitals, as well as to other patient safety and data reporting programs plus quality reporting projects for home health, psychiatric, hospice and rehabilitation facilities.
Health IT Analytics (11/23) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Fla. plastic surgeons seek tighter oversight of clinics
Plastic surgeons in Florida are pushing for tighter regulations on cosmetic surgery clinics in response to deaths and disfiguring injuries suffered by patients at some clinics, according to Christopher Nuland, general counsel for the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons. "Bad events by bad actors in bad facilities sully the names of the best surgeons in the best facilities," Nuland said.
Daily News (New York) (11/25) 
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Research & Technology
Topical sirolimus gel may be alternative to oral sirolimus in TSC
Topical sirolimus gel might be a painless option for treating facial angiofibromas in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex with fewer side effects than oral sirolimus, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The topical treatment at 0.2% significantly reduced tumor size and redness in children and adults, but 0.05% and 0.1% sirolimus gel was effective only in children.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (11/22) 
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Four-tier classification system guides ear reconstruction
Researchers described in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery a four-tier system for classifying ear defects and preferred treatment methods for each class of defect. Fifty-five of the 60 patients in the study reported satisfaction with the aesthetic outcomes based on the system.
Healio (free registration)/Aesthetics (11/23) 
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