July 27, 2021
Plastic Surgery SmartBrief
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In the News
Preparing for plastic surgery and adhering to recommendations from the surgeon are important to a successful recovery, writes Kelly Greytok, a plastic surgery recovery nurse. Greytok advises patients to stay on their feet a few hours a day each day after surgery, eat at least a small amount of food at each meal and don't judge the results until recovery is complete.
Full Story: NewBeauty magazine online (7/26) 
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Practice Management
Artificial intelligence tools might help patients understand clinical notes in their EHRs in the absence of guidance from their health care provider, researchers reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patients who used the NoteAid tool, which defines medical jargon when the cursor hovers over a word, had significantly higher health literacy scores than patients who didn't use the AI tool.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (7/23),  University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.) (7/20) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
The CMS said it will not remove Affordable Care Act tax credits for health insurance purchased through the federal or state exchanges for the 2021 and 2022 plan years, without filing tax returns and reconciling their premium tax credits. The guidance, released last week, is intended to ensure health care coverage remains affordable through the pandemic.
Full Story: Healthcare Finance (7/26) 
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Research & Technology
The two lightest skin types have 3.6 times as many images than the darkest two in the DermaAmin and Atlas Dermatologico dermatology atlases, and dark skin was represented in only 89 of 114 skin conditions, according to an analysis by MIT Media Lab and Scale AI. The disparity could lead to bias in algorithms trained on the data sets, says Scale AI CEO Alexandr Wang.
Full Story: MedCity News (7/20) 
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Dermatology
The FDA granted 510(k) clearance to Alma for its Alma Hybrid skin resurfacing laser platform. The system can help improve the appearance of minor scars, brown spots and wrinkles.
Full Story: FDAnews (7/21) 
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About the Editor
Maria Gifford
Maria Gifford
Maria Gifford is the editor of several SmartBrief newsletters focused on health care. She is a veteran medical writer, editor, author, and health content strategist. Maria has produced evidence-based health and wellness content for the Mayo Clinic, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation, Time Inc., UnitedHealth Group, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard Health Publications and more. Email Maria at maria.gifford@futurenet.com.
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