Business interest trumps patient safety in Thailand's cosmetic surgery industry | Patient self-reporting system might offer insight into motives, outcomes | Approach telemedicine with caution, AAFPRS president says
February 20, 2015
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Business interest trumps patient safety in Thailand's cosmetic surgery industry
A British woman died recently after traveling to Bangkok for buttocks implants and returning to have them removed after she contracted an infection. The doctor who performed the procedure is not a plastic surgeon and is awaiting prosecution, but he has reopened his clinic. The head of the Medical Council of Thailand said cosmetic procedures in the country have not historically been done by plastic surgeons, and "we don't want to discriminate against doctors who are not plastic surgeons. This is about self-interest and business interest." Channel 4 News (London)/World News Blog (2/19)
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Patient self-reporting system might offer insight into motives, outcomes
Five scales and a checklist developed for the FACE-Q tool are reliable, valid and responsive to change, researchers report in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. FACE-Q is a patient-reporting tool to assess outcomes of cosmetic facial procedures. Scales measure patient psychological well-being, social function, early impacts of treatment and satisfaction with both the treatment outcome and the decision to seek treatment. Healio (free registration) (2/16)
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Dr. Gene Alford on VECTRA® 3D
"Since I started using VECTRA my fat transfer and use of fillers have increased exponentially, and as a result my patient satisfaction has increased. I've used imaging for 25 years and the hand held VECTRA H1 3D camera is the very best, most versatile, easiest to use product ever. It's extremely portable and produces amazingly realistic simulations." Read More >>
Gene Alford, M.D., F.A.C.S., Houston, TX
Practice Management
Approach telemedicine with caution, AAFPRS president says
Telemedicine in the form of text messaging or video calls is a service to existing patients, allowing for remote consultations and post-operative visits, as well as a way to educate patients and respond to their concerns, says American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery President Stephen Park. However, telemedicine exposes plastic surgeons to legal issues if something important is missed, and surgeons should state clearly that they are not giving personal medical advice, Park advises. Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (2/18)
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Bidirectional tool helps users convert codes from ICD-10 to ICD-9
A new bidirectional mapping tool could help health care professionals, groups and researchers compare diseases as they implement the ICD-10 codes. In a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers describe how the Web portal tool easily converts codes from ICD-10 to ICD-9. Another tool includes tables with annotations for levels of translation complexity. Researchers found that only 4,127 of all the ICD-10 codes analyzed have direct ICD-9 translations. EHR Intelligence (2/16)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Many patients don't get follow-up radiation for breast cancer after mastectomy
A study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found that only 65% of patients received recommended follow-up radiation after mastectomy when breast cancer had spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes. Researchers analyzed data on 57,000 cases in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011. Women who had chemotherapy were more likely to also receive follow-up radiation. HealthDay News (2/17)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Liquid calories: Are you sabotaging your diet?
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Many people consume high-sugar drinks, not knowing they could be sabotaging their fitness routine. Learn how to recognize these beverages and find healthier alternatives.
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
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Intraoperative imaging reduces surgical risk
Magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanners and other imaging technologies are increasingly being used in operating rooms to allow surgeons to get up-to-the-minute scans of patients and avoid having to move them. Intraoperative imaging can show tissue or organs that have shifted during surgery, lesion margins and hidden masses. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/16)
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Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
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