Fashionably high footwear raises demand for foot fillers | Plastic surgeon removes turtle shell-like mole from boy's back | Doctor groups decry CMS rule on overpayments
May 1, 2012
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Fashionably high footwear raises demand for foot fillers
More women are asking plastic surgeons to inject fillers into their feet so they can wear high-fashion shoes. Collagen pads the foot and can prevent discomfort from wearing high heels, according to this article.
The Daily Mail (London) (4/26) 
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Practice Management
Doctor groups decry CMS rule on overpayments
More than 100 physician groups voiced opposition to a proposed rule that would require them to review up to 10 years of claims to determine whether they received overpayments from Medicare and return overpayments within 60 days of discovery.
American Medical News (free content) (4/30),  The Hill/Healthwatch blog (4/30) 
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Complying with the Sunshine Act could be costly
Drug and device makers could end up paying upwards of $200,000 in the first year the federal Sunshine Act is in force -- not including legal fees and information technology upgrades, lawyer Sheva Sanders said at a LifeScience Alley conference. Seven states and the District of Columbia have laws regarding disclosure of financial relationships between manufacturers and health care providers, with varying fees and requirements. (4/25) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Charity puts smiles on Ecuadoran children's faces
Plastic surgeons who volunteer for the charity Community Cares for Kids travel to Ecuador to reconstruct children's cleft palates, club feet and other physical deformities. Plastic surgeon Francis Collini and his wife, Susan, lead the charity, which was founded in 2006. Volunteers also train Ecuadoran doctors on the latest surgical techniques.
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (4/29) 
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Research & Technology
Love handles come in handy for breast reconstruction
About 30 surgeons are using fat from mastectomy patients' hips to reconstruct their breasts, making patients even happier with the outcome. "Nobody likes their love handles, and to be able to rebuild breasts completely with that tissue and remove the love handles and slim the waistline even more, that's something that's attractive to patients," said plastic surgeon Ariel Rad of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (4/27) 
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