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New biologic implant codes cause some confusion Image

New biologic implant codes cause some confusion
In 2012, the allograft and xenograft codes were all deleted and replaced by eight "skin substitute graft" codes.
Document what you do – or else it didn’t happen
Documentation is vital to reimbursement
Multiple new CPT codes appear in 2012
The 2012 CPT book has many new codes pertaining to plastic surgery
Face transplant highlights basic coding principles
An amazing case highlights basic principles
So how is modifier 59 supposed to be used?
Clarification on this mystifying code
What are neoplasms of uncertain behavior?
A review of codes
Perforator flap reporting may prove complicated
A review of codes

President's Message

Strengthening the specialty as a whole
A report by the ASPS and The PSF presidents
Support breast cancer patients through BRA Day
A report by the ASPS President
Expanding a self-sustaining PSF research portfolio
A report by the PSF President
What does success look like for The PSF?
A report by the PSF President
Protect patients worldwide by using simple facts
A report by the ASPS President
VIPS and the soul of plastic surgery
A report by the PSF President
5,280 is not just a number - it's an experience
A report by the ASPS President
I'll take 'Obsolete Plastic Surgeons' for $100, Alex
A report by the ASPS President

On Legal Grounds

Debating (and deflating) the large breast implant Image

Debating (and deflating) the large breast implant
The use of high-profile breast implants has sparked a debate about their effectiveness and theoretical problems
When IPL means ‘intense problems (of) legality'
Patient selection is key for Intense Pulsed Light treatment
Scrub your commercial photographs for metadata
Embedded information in photographs can lead to privacy breaches
O.R. fires: Simple to prevent, difficult to defend
O.R. fires can be disastrous, but they can also be prevented
Credit cards can be a practice boon - or a back-door scam
On Legal Grounds looks at practice management topics and professional liability
An end-of-the-year risk management check-up
A challenging economy and tort reform can facilitate difficult patients
There are two sides to every patient - document it
Asymmetries are present in virtually all patients
Avoid being too social when using social media
Social media must be used wisely in your practice
Be wary of 'fee pitfalls' hidden in your practice
A consideration of various practice fees

Editor's Message

Cosmetic cowboys forcing advertising action ‘across the pond' Image

Cosmetic cowboys forcing advertising action ‘across the pond'
PSN editors discuss key topics impacting specialty
Serving surgery with a smile: Must marketing trump medicine?
PSN editors discuss key topics impacting specialty
New Jersey tax reversal advocacy outstanding - but battles remain
PSN editors discuss key topics impacting specialty
Professionalism will be the key to weathering health care storms
Are surgeons held to a different standard than our elected officials?
Lawmakers must meet higher standard of care
Are surgeons held to a different standard than our elected officials?
Life lessons learned in a Russian orphanage
A letter from Dr. Hultman to his pen pal
The ballerina and the doctor - have we lost control of the message?
A discussion on how the message is directly influenced by the medium in which it is presented.

Legislative Update

State Legislation: CSPS scores a victory in state cosmetic tax battle
Round-up of state legislation impacting plastic surgery
State Legislation: Truth-in-advertising proposals for physicians continue to gain momentum
More states seek to battle 'White Coat Deception' by requiring doctors to identify their training
2011 annual federal legislative wrap-up: Prepare for a turbulent year ahead in health care
A round-up of legislative action
ASPS calls on ‘Super Committee' to address medical liability, SGR
ASPS asks 'Super Committee' to provide meaningful liability reform
ASPS joins chorus of opposition to GME cuts
Surgical groups oppose Medicare cuts to graduate medical education payments
ASPS applauds introduction of CARES Act of 2011
Legislation would require insurance companies to provide coverage for treatment of a child's congenital or developmental deformity
ASPS comments on physician payment reforms
SGR slated to result in 25 percent cut

The Higher Ground

A free haircut with every injection? Image

A free haircut with every injection?
A discussion of plastic surgery ethics for real-world situations
A serious breach in office protocol forces a life-changing decision
Real-world ethical problems addressed by a veteran surgeon
Trust your instincts when a deal sounds too good
Real-world ethical problems addressed by a veteran surgeon
Can my meeting presentation get me in trouble?
Real-world ethical problems addressed by a veteran surgeon
Ethical dilemmas: Affair to regret, date to forget
Real-world ethical problems addressed by a veteran surgeon

International News

ASPS, French society monitor developments on PIP silicone gel breast implants controversy Image

ASPS, French society monitor developments on PIP silicone gel breast implants controversy
ASPS and the French Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery keeping track of PIP implants in France
Reconstructive pioneer Jack Mustardé, MD, dies at 94
Jack Mustardé, MD, internationally renowned plastic surgeon and honorary member of ISAPS, died in Tetbury, England, at age 94.
Specialty’s worldwide leaders gather for summit in Toronto
View the international speakers' presentations
Plastic surgeons worldwide share common goals
Message from ISAPS President, Jan Pöell, MD

The Leading Edge

The Leading Edge: Research leads to self-discovery for U. of Michigan plastic surgeon Image

The Leading Edge: Research leads to self-discovery for U. of Michigan plastic surgeon
Research leads to self-discovery for U. of Michigan plastic surgeon
The Leading Edge
Susan Mackinnon, MD breakes gender barriers
Plastic surgeon entrepreneur blends innovation with business
The fourth installment of PSN's “The Leading Edge” column
Multicultural experiences helped shape leadership perspective
The third installment of PSN's “The Leading Edge” column

YPS Perspective

Young surgeons can get ahead early with these practice outreach efforts Image

Young surgeons can get ahead early with these practice outreach efforts
Nine pearls of marketing from a pro
Breaking up with patients is hard to do – so do it right
Topics of interest to plastic surgeons early in their careers
YPS cleans up at children's hospital, Ronald McDonald House
Public service project
Managing staff during their personal crises requires care, communication
Help keep your staff's personal crises from impacting patient care
Young Plastic Surgeons at Plastic Surgery 2011
Three articles, including a story from a youthful-looking surgeon who discusses her approach to tough questions
you.com, Part 2
Managing your ‘webutation’ is worth the time – and important
you.com, Part 1
Managing your 'web presence' will net positive results

Guest Columnist

Why hold a benefit concert at the annual meeting? Image

Why hold a benefit concert at the annual meeting?
Message from ASPS Executive Vice President
Can ‘Maintenance of Licensure’ limit encroachment on the specialty?
Message from ASPS Executive Vice President
Plastic surgeons worldwide share common goals
Message from ISAPS President, Jan Pöell, MD
Specialty's evolution continues to benefit American, Canadian societies
Message from CSAPS President, Wayne Carman, MD

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