December 2015 Briefing - Otolaryngology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for December 2015. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

AMA: Burnout Is Top Issue for Physicians in 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physician burnout is the top issue for physicians in 2015, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Higher Hospital Prices in U.S. 'Monopoly Markets'

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prices at hospitals in monopoly markets are 15 percent higher than those at hospitals in areas with at least four providers, according to research published recently at the Health Care Pricing Project website.

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Specific, Consistent ICD-10 Coding Key to Timely Payments

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In order to prevent denials, it is important to code correctly within the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), with specificity matching documentation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Meta-Analysis Confirms miR-21 Expression, Laryngeal CA Link

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Expression of miR-21 is associated with laryngeal carcinoma, with high expression related to increased laryngeal cancer risk, according to a meta-analysis published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine.

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Affordable Care Act Has Improved Access to Care, Affordability

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has improved access to care and affordability of care for many adults, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs.

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Many Patients With Diagnosed OSA Not Receiving Treatment

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are not being treated, with only 42 percent reporting adherence to positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment, according to research published in the November issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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Industry Outpacing NIH in Funding Research

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a sharp rise in the number of industry-funded clinical trials and a significant decline in those financed by the U.S. government in recent years, according to findings published in the Dec. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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New Model of Inpatient Care Can Improve Outcomes

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a new model of care can improve outcomes of care in medical and surgical units, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Rhinoplasty Effective Treatment for Nasal Valve Insufficiency

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with nasal valve insufficiency, functional and aesthetic-functional rhinoplasty, involving reconstruction of the lateral nasal wall achieved with use of spreader and alar grafts, are associated with improvement in nasal obstruction symptoms, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Seven Behaviors Suggested to Improve 'Art of Medicine'

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seven behaviors should be implemented to improve the art of medicine, which can help improve relationships with patients, according to an article published in Family Practice Management.

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Percentage of Graduates Entering GME Stable Over Past Decade

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite an increase in the number of U.S. medical school graduates, over the past decade the percentage entering graduate medical education (GME) training has remained stable, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Depression Not Uncommon Among Resident Physicians

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in four doctors-in-training may be depressed, which could put their patients at risk, according to a study published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Med Ed Can Be Improved for High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of effective transmission of knowledge, facilitation of reflective practice, and a supportive environment can educate physicians to deliver high-value, cost-conscious care, according to a review published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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CDC: Fewer Americans Struggling With Medical Bills

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer American families are struggling to pay medical bills, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis Linked to Oxidative Stress

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is associated with increased total oxidative status and oxidative stress index values, according to a study published online Dec. 1 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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U.S. Health Care Spending Increased in 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The expansion of insurance coverage and increases in retail prescription drug spending contributed to an increase in total national health care expenditures in 2014, according to a report published online Dec. 2 in Health Affairs.

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Glove-Related Hand Urticaria May Be Rising in Health Care Workers

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health care workers are at high risk of glove-related hand urticaria, an occupational issue that may be increasing, according to a research letter published online Nov. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Time to Tx Initiation Impacts Survival in Head, Neck Cancer

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, time to treatment initiation (TTI) impacts overall survival, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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AMA: Case Before Supreme Court Threatens Patient Privacy

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A case before the Supreme Court is potentially threatening patient confidentiality, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Social Impact for Untreated Infantile Hemangiomas

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For preteen children, involuted, untreated facial infantile hemangiomas (IHs) have a social impact, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Significant Lowering of Alar Rim With Cartilage Repositioning

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who undergo lateral crural repositioning have significant lowering of the alar rim, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Burnout Rates on the Rise for Physicians

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout is a growing problem among American doctors, according to research published in the December issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Benefits for Intra-, Extracapsular Tonsillectomy in Peds OSA

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For children with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), both extracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (ETA) and intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (ITA) are effective, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Recovery Pattern Is Useful Tool After CPA Tumor Resection

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients who develop facial paralysis after cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumor resection, the recovery pattern in the early postoperative period is useful for selecting patients for facial reanimation surgery, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Factors ID'd for Fine Needle Aspiration Diagnostic Accuracy

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Factors that can independently predict fine needle aspiration (FNA) diagnosis for follicular variant papillary thyroid carcinoma (FVPTC) as suspicious malignancy or malignant have been identified, according to research published online Nov. 18 in Head & Neck.

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FACE-Q Scales Can Assess Patient Perspective of Rhinoplasty

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The FACE-Q rhinoplasty scales can be used to assess patient perspective of rhinoplasty outcome, according to research published online Nov. 25 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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