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November 2, 2012
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  • Complications and costs of flap reconstruction techniques compared
    Patients who undergo TRAM flap reconstruction are more likely to return to their surgeon due to complications, and those who have LD flap reconstruction are the most likely to return for revision, according to a retrospective analysis of reconstructions performed in the first six months of 2008. Free flap reconstructions had the highest total cost, researchers found. The study was reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Medscape (free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dr. Robert Zubowski on VECTRA® 3D
"VECTRA 3D has been extremely useful in helping me understand patient's expectations. And when you can educate them about what can and can't be accomplished, you're going to have a higher percentage of satisfied patients. It gives them a comfort level with the decision, and the fact that we've gone the extra mile to educate them enhances their whole experience."
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Robert Zubowski, M.D., Paramus, NJ
Practice Management 
  • Few groups adopt security measures for mobile devices
    A survey by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and AT&T found 90% of responding health care organizations reported allowing their employees to access work e-mail through mobile devices, while 41% said they let employees use such devices to access important files. However, researchers found only 32% of respondents take actions to protect smartphones and 39% to protect tablets, and only 42% of those who do not take such measures have plans to bolster security. Healthcare IT News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Info exchange rules may bolster health system efficiency
    A set of ACA-mandated operating rules created by the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange helped health care providers attain a 10% to 12% reduction in eligibility-related claim denials and a 24% growth in electronic eligibility verifications. HHS has also adopted the CAQH CORE electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice operating rules in an interim final rule to ease the provider payment delivery process. Executive Insight (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dr. Stephen Mulholland Workshop in Orlando
Attend a full day workshop featuring Dr. Stephen Mulholland in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 15, 2012 - at no charge. Learn about the latest body shaping and fat grafting techniques, including live cases, video demos, and an interactive Q&A session. Click here to register!
Health Quality & Advocacy 
  • Patients seeking a shapely backside run risks with unlicensed providers
    Underground practitioners inject unsafe materials such as flat-tire repair compound and industrial silicone into the bodies of people looking for enhanced figures. Women and men seeking any cosmetic procedure should ensure they are treated by a board-certified plastic surgeon, who will have undergone extensive training and testing, says plastic surgeon Christopher Schaffer. "Look at the person who's doing the procedure. Look at the product that they're considering placing into your body. Look at the place where you're getting it done," he said. WIAT-TV (Birmingham, Ala.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Research & Technology 
  • Muller's muscle-conjunctival resection is safe with other procedures
    Correcting mild to moderate eyelid ptosis and asymmetry with Muller's muscle-conjunctival resection gives lasting results and can be performed along with other cosmetic procedures, plastic surgeons reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Patients who respond well to phenylephrine testing are likely to have the best results. Medscape (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--Ray Bradbury,
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