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Surgeon-driven quality effort slashes complications, costs
The National Surgical Quality Improvement Project, a growing effort run by the American College of Surgeons since 2004, reports that 83 percent of program participants have been able to decrease their surgical complication rates by a statistically significant level.
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Orthopedic surgeons top the list of physician incomes
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The latest Physician Compensation Report, conducted by Medscape, revealed that the majority of physicians' incomes are increasing with orthopedic surgeons leading the way. In the industry report, 21,878 U.S. doctors in 25 specialties were surveyed on questions pertaining to their income, their profession, the time they spend on patient care and paperwork and other information.
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Robotic surgery: Safe but costly
Laparoscopy for treatment of pelvic lesions was equally safe whether performed conventionally or with robotic assistance, but cost favors conventional minimally invasive surgery. Overall, there was a 7 percent major postoperative complication rate among patients who received conventional video-assisted laparoscopy and a 10 percent rate among patients who underwent minimally invasive robotic surgery, a nonsignificant difference, Farr Nezhat, MD, of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and colleagues reported at the annual American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists annual meeting.
5 keys to successful research collaborations
By Mike Wokasch
Goals, objectives and circumstances often dictate whether competition or collaboration will produce better results, faster. At the same time, academic groups working in the same disease or therapeutic area would benefit from collaboration rather than competition. Funding is competitive process and, obviously, the rewards for success don't have to be shared. On the other hand, many of these types of research programs are trying to figure out the same thing, answer the same questions and develop the same type of products.
Surgeons offer groundbreaking treatment for scoliosis
In the first surgery of its kind in United States, surgeons in San Diego, Calif., implanted magnetic growing rods in two children with severe early onset scoliosis. Tommy Thomas, 5, and 9-year-old Anthony Wainess each underwent surgery for their scoliosis, a rare condition can interfere with lung function and standard treatment usually requires multiple surgeries. Before surgery, Wainess walked with a severe lean. Tommy had to wear a heavy plaster vest.
Newest laser technology used in cataract surgery
Two eye surgeons were the first in New Hampshire to use a LenSx laser for cataract surgery. Dr. Richard Lasonde and his colleague Dr. Vasilios Lazos performed 11 laser cataract surgeries at Northeast Surgical Care in Newington. The patients ranged in age from 40 to 83.
Plastic surgeons gain new patients through social media
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Social media continues to change the lives of those involved with personal and professional reasons, alike. And according to a new study, it's revolutionizing the way people and businesses interact — particularly those involved in the health care industry. A new UCLA study looking at the use of social media among plastic surgeons found that roughly half of these specialists use social media tools.
Healthcare blame game: What hospitals charge vs. what they get paid
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the prices hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. The idea is to provide more information to the public about how much hospitals charge and to highlight that one hospital will charge a wildly different amount than what another nearby hospital charges for the same procedure. But before we go any further, it is imperative the public understands what a hospital charges Medicare/Medicaid is almost completely unrelated to how much Medicare/Medicaid reimburses that hospital for those services.
New tool helps patients recover faster
As technology advances, it's continuing to assist doctors in helping their patients, like the DaVinci. The machine is performing surgeries ranging from gall bladder resection to hysterectomies — in some cases with a single incision. "It allows a surgeon to see in 3D, so they are able to see a lot better than they normally could," says Brian Nealson with Institute Surgical. "If you can see better, it allows a patient to get back on their feet a lot quicker."
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