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Is doc-specific data next?
Modern Healthcare
For decades, the CMS has kept secret its records on Medicare claims payments to individual physicians. But Justice Department statements in a recent lawsuit and the first-ever releases of other provider charge data this year suggest the federal government's position on keeping doctor-specific information secret may be changing. Proponents of releasing the data say it could help identify patterns of waste and fraud and help patients and insurance companies find doctors who deliver the most efficient and highest quality care. But medical groups have successfully fought to keep the payment information secret, saying it would violate physicians' privacy rights to disclose their Medicare claims data.
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How Medtronic uses iPad games to train surgeons
Mobile Health News
New surgeries, tools, and techniques are developed often, and medical device companies say it can be tricky to get surgeons to adopt them sometimes. After all, there are no unimportant patients, and no one wants to be their surgeon’s first attempt at a new procedure. Part of Minneapolis-based Medtronic’s sales team's job is to encourage surgeons who have tried and true procedures to get trained on new procedures. And they've found that iPads — and a specially developed gamified simulator — are an effective way to do that.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
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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Surgical migraine 'cure' triggers doubts
Medpage Today
A plastic surgeon's passionate defense of his pioneering but controversial treatment for migraine failed to win many converts among headache specialists. A show of hands by some 500 attendees at the International Headache Congress, after an hour-long debate between surgeon Bahman Guyuron, M.D., of University Hospitals and Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and a German neurologist who has been a vocal skeptic of Guyuron's procedure, suggested that fewer than 10 believed the evidence supports the intervention's clinical value.
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New guidelines broaden eligibility for bariatric surgery
General Surgery News
In a major shift in policy, three major medical societies have changed their formal guidelines for bariatric surgery and expanded eligibility to include patients with mild to moderate obesity and diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Additionally, the societies—the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Obesity Society—upgraded sleeve gastrectomy from investigational status to a "proven surgical option."
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Report: Use evidence-based research for better, safer surgery
Fierce Healthcare
Applying an evidence-based framework for surgical innovation can improve patient outcomes, according to a new report published in the BMJ. Evidence-based medicine research is lacking in surgery, but Weill Cornell Medical College researchers found they can use available data to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of various surgical techniques, according to the report.
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Device aims to eliminate multiple breast-cancer surgeries
CNET
A prototype device created by John Hopkins University grad students can enable a pathologist to inspect excised breast tissue mid-surgery to determine whether a cancerous tumor has been fully removed. The prototype's ability to dramatically reduce the time to inspect breast tissue -- down to as quickly as 20 minutes -- could ultimately decrease, if not flat out eliminate, the need for a second operation on the same tumor, John Hopkins announced.
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Robotic surgery firm faulted in FDA report
Medscape Today
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has faulted Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, for failing to report measures it took to guard patients from accidental electrical burns, according to an agency inspection report issued May 30.

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Doctor performs 1st Google Glass-equipped surgery
PC Magazine
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, recently performed his first Google surgery with Google Glass in tow. As far as we can tell, it's also the first such Google Glass-equipped surgery in the device's history — complete with a corresponding Google...

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Doctors saved lives, if not legs, in Boston
The New York Times
So many patients arrived at once, with variations of the same gruesome leg injuries. Shattered bones, shredded tissue, nails burrowed deep beneath the flesh. The decision had to be made, over and over, with little time to deliberate. "As an orthopedic surgeon, we see patients...

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Patient-side robotic surgical platform
Today's Medical Developments
TransEnterix engineers have developed a robotic single-site surgical platform that is mobile, provides high-definition 3-D vision, and allows the surgeon to remain at the patient's side. Called SurgiBot, the company's newest system is undergoing testing now, according to Todd M. Pope, president and CEO of TransEnterix. "TransEnterix has 'powered up' laparoscopy to make it easier for surgeons to complete procedures in the most minimally invasive way possible," Pope says. "SurgiBot utilizes robotic technologies and techniques to enhance strength, precision and ergonomic comfort for surgeons."
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Postoperative pain management in anorectal surgery
General Surgery News
Thirty-five million ambulatory surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States. Effective pain control is essential for recovery, improved wound healing and reduced hospital admission rates. In evaluating hospital admission data for 20,817 patients undergoing same-day surgery, 1.5 percent returned to the hospital in the postoperative period. Pain was the most common reason. There has been little progress in addressing this challenge.
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Health economics assessment of antimicrobial copper for infection control
Science Codex
A unique health economics assessment of copper's role in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is being presented this week at the WHO's International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, demonstrating rapid payback on the capital investment. Health economics evaluations are typically applied to medication or surgery costs, but this study from York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) – part of the University of York in the U.K. – investigated the economic benefits of applying an engineering and design approach to infection control, deploying antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in intensive care units (ICUs).
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Surgeons' data to be a milestone in NHS history
Top News US
The first-ever phase of the new enactment data for the individually working surgeons in England is going to be published soon. It is being considered as a historic moment for the NHS. The vascular surgeons have turned into the first of a new group in total of nine specialties to publish the information. These included the death rates. The information will be appearing on the NHS choices website in the upcoming times.
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