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'Sharps' injuries have major health and cost impact for surgeons
Wolters Kluwer Health via Medical Xpress
Injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments are a major occupational hazard for surgeons — with high costs related to the risk of contracting serious infectious diseases, according to a special article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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Health care providers increase use of temporary physicians, NPs and PAs
Healthcare Finance News
As the physician shortage continues to grow and changes wrought by health reform begin to take shape, more health care providers are moving beyond the use of locum tenens physicians to also using nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
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Study: MRI-guided laser treatment promising for brain tumor surgery
University Hospitals Case Medical Center via Medical Xpress
The first-in-human study of the NeuroBlate Thermal Therapy System finds that it appears to provide a new, safe and minimally invasive procedure for treating recurrent glioblastoma, a malignant type of brain tumor.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
AASPA
We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

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Joint venture: Surgeons share how they built a niche business
Orthopreneur
When Laith Farjo, M.D., and Edward Loniewski, D.O., learned the actual wholesale price of the braces they were asking their patients to shell out hundreds of dollars for, they were shocked. So were their patients, especially those with high co-pays or no coverage at all. Farjo and Loniewski thought that if their patients were affected by bracing costs, others must be too. In response to the need, they launched JointHealing.com in the late 1990s. They say that at the time, it was one of few online stores selling braces and the only one run by orthopaedic surgeons.
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Diabetes affects improvements after lumbar spine surgery
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Patients with diabetes who have longstanding diabetes, poor glycemic control and use insulin had suboptimal improvements in clinical outcomes after lumbar spine surgery, according to research published in Spine. Researchers compared the characteristics and outcomes of 41 patients with diabetes and 124 patients without diabetes after lumbar spine surgery.
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Data lacking on pediatric surgery outcomes
MedPage Today
Relationships between surgical volume and outcome appear to extend to pediatric populations, although variation in studies' definitions and methods confounded efforts to compare results, authors of a literature review concluded.

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Booming spinal surgery triggers innovative approaches
Plastics Today
The rapid growth of efforts to alleviate lower back pain is driving innovation in surgical procedures, and in at least one case creating new opportunities for engineering plastics.

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Study: Weekends worse for surgery
The New York Times
Emergency surgeries performed on a weekend may have poorer results than the same operation performed on a weekday, a new study concludes.

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A doctor's take on Kevin Ware's injury
Crave Online
Louisville guard Kevin Ware sustained one of the most gruesome injuries ever captured on live television during the NCAA Regional Final when he snapped his tibia contesting a three-pointer against Duke. The injury stunned not only the entire crowd in Indianapolis and a national audience of television viewers, but even players and head coach Rick Pitino himself were wiping away tears. Christopher Lee, an orthopedic surgeon trained in sports medicine, offers his insight.
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Doctor-hiring rush is on
HealthLeaders Media
In the years to come, experts may look back on health care reform as the time that not only made improvements in the quality of patient care and sparked efforts to reduce costs, but also when doctors traded their independent practices for hospital employment.
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More hospitals say they plan to buy physician practices in 2013
D Magazine
Fifty-two percent of hospitals plan to acquire physician practices in 2013, compared with 44 percent that made such purchases in 2012, according to a survey by Jackson Healthcare, a health care staffing company. The nationwide survey of 118 hospital administrators found that opportunity, rather than strategy, was the overwhelming reason hospitals are acquiring physician practices. Seventy percent of acquisitions in 2012 began with physicians approaching the hospital to sell their practices.
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