April 20, 2021
Plastic Surgery SmartBrief
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Only 29% of people surveyed by Body Image said they were happy with their breasts, and plastic surgeons are not only getting requests for implants but for reductions, too. Women are also concerned about asymmetry, but "the asymmetry is so subtle, that women don't even detect it themselves," said New York plastic surgeon Daniel Maman.
Full Story: NewBeauty magazine online (4/15) 
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A Medscape survey of almost 18,000 physicians found overall physician income for 2020 was similar to 2019, despite the economic challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and plastic surgeons topped the list of high earners. The survey found more than one-third of primary care physicians and other specialists believe their income will return to normal this year.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (4/19) 
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New York City plastic surgeon Humberto Palladino was already using technology for services such as telehealth before the pandemic and also offers concierge services for patients, which Palladino expects will be in demand after the pandemic. Patients are also likely to continue to use telehealth for appointments, according to Palladino.
Full Story: Gotham Magazine (4/2021) 
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Shifting wound care experience during COVID-19
For most patients, wound care is a very personal and novel experience and a patient's connection to their doctor as their wound is treated is sometimes as important as the treatment itself. Patients have questions and concerns that need a personal touch as they engage in their healing journey. Care for wound patients rapidly shifted in the spring of 2020. Enter the 3M home support.
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Practice Management
Blockchain technology is increasingly seen as an answer to the lack of interoperability in EHRs and could bring about improvements in both care delivery and payment, as well as reductions in fraud, waste and abuse, says David Randall, a resident scholar with the American Research and Policy Institute. Randall says telehealth has also been shown to reduce administrative inefficiency without compromising patient care, and there's likely no turning back in terms of the deployment of these technologies.
Full Story: Healthcare Finance (4/14) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Combining genomic data with health outcomes data in EHRs can provide deeper insight into population health disparities than simple race and ethnicity data, and may improve health equity and outcomes, according to a study published in the journal Cell. Embedding genomic data and using it to infer genetic ancestry "will allow the development of evidence-based means to utilize race and ethnicity, genetic ancestry, and the socioeconomic determinants of health for both rare and common diseases," researchers wrote.
Full Story: Health IT Analytics (4/16) 
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A study published in JAMA Dermatology found that children with mild, moderate or severe atopic dermatitis were significantly more likely to have a learning disability diagnosis, compared with those with clear or almost clear skin. The findings, based on data involving 2,074 children, suggest that "children with more severe AD should be screened for learning difficulties to initiate appropriate interventions that can mitigate the consequences of a learning disability," the researchers wrote.
Full Story: Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/15),  Healio (free registration) (4/15) 
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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., Rodale, UnitedHealth Group, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard Health Publications and more. Email Maria at maria.gifford@futurenet.com.
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