Facial transplant treats blood vessel malformation | Science, art merge to create harmonious image in facial plastic surgery | Medicare "doc fix" signed into law

April 17, 2015
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Facial transplant treats blood vessel malformation
A patient is recovering after receiving facial reconstruction in February to remove abnormal blood vessel growth that caused him speech and vision problems. "These vessels infiltrate normal tissue, so it's hard to remove them without harming healthy tissue. Completely replacing the malformed tissue with tissue from another person gets around this complication," said Iain Hutchison of the U.K. group Saving Faces. New Scientist (4/8)
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Science, art merge to create harmonious image in facial plastic surgery
Patients seeking facial plastic surgery are more interested in projecting a particular image than in being beautiful, says facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Jeffrey Spiegel. "Cosmetic surgery is art and science. The science [is] the rules, such as how tissue behaves; the art component is subjective, like an artist painting a portrait," Spiegel said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (4/12)
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Dr. Louis Bucky on VECTRA® 3D
"VECTRA 3D has raised the standard of care for breast consultations, and at this point you would be at a disadvantage if you didn't have it. There is a tremendous leap of faith that patients take before having surgery, and VECTRA helps bridge that leap by giving them a window into what they are going to look like. It's the best communication tool that exists." Read more >>
Louis P. Bucky, M.D., F.A.C.S., Philadelphia, PA
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Medicare "doc fix" signed into law
President Barack Obama signed the Medicare "doc fix" bill into law Thursday. He said the measure strengthens Medicare "because it starts encouraging payments based on quality, not the number of tests that are provided or the number of procedures that are applied but whether or not people actually start feeling better." The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/16), Reuters (4/16)
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ONC releases updated electronic health data privacy, security guide
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has revised its Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information, which was last released in 2011. Among the newest additions in the revised version are privacy and security information for small and medium-sized providers, health IT professionals and the general public. A guideline for implementing a security management process is also included. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/14)
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Study shows trends in health record breaches from 2010 to 2013
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 29.1 million health records have been exposed in 949 data breaches from 2010 to 2013. Researchers revealed that two-thirds of the incidents happened either due to unauthorized access to data via e-mail, a network server or a computer terminal, or through laptop, tablet or computer theft. HealthDay News (4/14)
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Health Quality & Advocacy
No-touch technique might reduce failure rate in breast reconstruction
Plastic surgeon Henry Wilson describes a "no-touch" technique for breast reconstruction involving tissue expanders or implants and acellular dermis. Patients in the study experienced no surgical site infections or chronic seromas at least 60 days post-surgery. Medscape (free registration)/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery--Global Open (4/9)
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Plastic Surgery Channel Video Spotlight
The importance of plastic surgery board certification
Patients need to take steps before they get cosmetic procedures to find out whether their provider is a board-certified plastic surgeon working in an accredited facility, plastic surgeons Rod Rohrich and Frank Lista explain in this video. "Know before you go," Rohrich says. ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com
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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
-- Albert Camus,
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