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Cataract surgery may cut cognitive decline in dementia
Medscape
Cataract surgery may reduce the rate of cognitive decline and improve vision, cognition, and quality of life in dementia patients, new research suggests. Preliminary results from an ongoing prospective study conducted by investigators at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, showed that in a cohort of patients with dementia and clinically significant cataracts, immediate cataract surgery improved visual acuity, visual quality of life, and behavioral symptoms. It also appeared to slow the rate of cognitive decline, decrease neuropsychiatric symptoms, and reduce caregiver stress.

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Register for the new Advanced Practice Providers: Administration, Leadership and Outcomes series featuring one of AASPA's board members!
AASPA board member, Roy Constantine, Ph.D., PA-C, Faculty, will be speaking during one of the SCCM webcasts.

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Developing Formal Orientation and Onboarding for Advanced Practice Providers
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2014 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 23-26, 2014 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA, for our 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 14th 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 Union Square in the heart of incredible San Francisco.

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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Register now for the 2014 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support
Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two-day course — 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.

Course Purpose
  • To better prepare the nonintensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the nonintensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Course will be held before the 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

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Contained morcellation for benign gynecologic surgeries feasible, minimize surgical risk
2 minute medicine
Minimally invasive routes of surgery, such as laparoscopic and robotic, have turned surgeries previously requiring multi-day hospital stays into overnight or even outpatient procedures. But to make minimally invasive surgery safe for use in gynecologic surgeries, such as hysterectomies and myomectomies (removal of the uterus or uterine fibroids), surgeons require the assistance of a morcellator, a tool that cuts the desired tissue into strips small enough to be removed through the laparoscopic port sites, which are often only one-half or one centimeter wide.
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New Medicaid program seeks to foster innovation
By Maria Frisch
On July 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), a group of technical assistance tools. The aim of this program is to improve the health of Medicaid beneficiaries, thereby supporting the Triple Aim, and reducing overall costs for the Medicaid program.
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Audit: Face-down positioning for macular hole repair unnecessary
Healio
Face-down posturing made no difference in recovery after macular hole surgery, according to a speaker here. Using data from the first 400 cases entered in prospective registry-style audit database of patients undergoing macular hole repair in Australia, Alex Hunyor, M.D., and colleagues determined that no posturing was noninferior to face-down posturing with regard to outcomes.
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Is this the next big leap for organ transplants?
The Boston Globe
When the revelation came, it came in the middle of the night. Waleed Hassanein was a first-year surgical resident at Georgetown University School of Medicine, on the path to becoming a cardiac surgeon. He had worked toward that career for years — in Egypt, in London, and now at a prestigious American hospital.

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More than 200 teeth removed from teen with rare condition
KWTX-TV
Dental surgeons in Mumbai, India said they were surprised by the number of teeth they had to remove from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare condition. In all the surgeons removed 232 teeth. The 17-year-old boy has odontoma, in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles.

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Patients remain in danger from preventable errors
FierceHealthcare
Patients today are no safer from harm caused by preventable errors than they were 15 years ago, a leading healthcare expert testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Thursday. In terms of error reduction and quality improvement, "[w]e have not moved the needle in any meaningful. demonstrable way overall," testified Ashish Jha, M.D., a professor at Harvard School of Public Health.

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The bottom-line benefits of using EMRs
Outpatient Surgery
Besides improving the accuracy and thoroughness of your op reports and claim forms, electronic medical records can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your surgical facility, driving more volume and revenue to your ORs. Just ask Robert Foglia, M.D., the division chief of pediatric surgery and the surgeon-in-chief at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 2006, Dr. Foglia spearheaded EMR implementation at UTSMC. At the time, 14 percent of cases were cancelled on the day of surgery, just 12 percent of first cases started on time and surgeons used only 47 percent of allocated block times. “Obviously, not good numbers,” he says.
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Readmission risk after THA increases with growing preoperative comorbidity burden
Healio
Growing preoperative comorbidity burden increased the risk for readmission following total hip arthroplasty, according to study results. Researchers identified 9,441 patients from the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data using the Current Procedural Terminology code for primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) and stratified the population into readmitted and non-readmitted cohorts. Using univariate and multivariate logistic regression models, the researchers compared demographic variables, preoperative comorbidities, laboratory values, operative characteristics and surgical outcomes between the groups.
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Study finds new nerve repair technique promising
Counsel & Heal
Researchers at University of Kentucky have found that a new nerve repair technique yields better results and has fewer side effects than other existing techniques. Traumatic nerve injuries are common. When nerves are severed, they do not heal on their own and the only way to repair them is through surgery. Further, the injuries that are not clean-cut, i.e., saw injuries, farm equipment injuries and gunshot wounds, may result in a gap in the nerve.
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Is this the next big leap for organ transplants?
The Boston Globe
When the revelation came, it came in the middle of the night. Waleed Hassanein was a first-year surgical resident at Georgetown University School of Medicine, on the path to becoming a cardiac surgeon. He had worked toward that career for years — in Egypt, in London, and now at a prestigious American hospital. His family, having produced its share of doctors, would proudly add him to the list. On this night in 1994, Hassanein drove with a team from Georgetown University Hospital to a nearby medical center in Northern Virginia.
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Patients seeking cheaper care are soliciting bids from doctors online
Kaiser Health News via The Washington Post
Francisco Velazco couldn't wait any longer. For several years, the 35-year-old Seattle handyman had searched for an orthopedic surgeon who would reconstruct the torn ligament in his knee for a price he could afford. Out of work because of the pain and unable to scrape together $15,000 – the cheapest option he could find in Seattle – Velazco turned to an unconventional and controversial option: an online medical auction site called Medibid, which largely operates outside the confines of traditional health insurance.
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