News You Can Use - May 20, 2013

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Monday, May 20, 2013

Meet "Frotox,” Botox’s allegedly kinder and gentler younger sister
Iovera, or "Frotox” as it is being called, is a procedure involving liquid nitrogen injected into the nerves that control wrinkle-causing muscles. Unlike Botox, the effects can be seen instantly. This procedure is only available in the UK right now but it’s on its way to the US soon …
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Doctors reluctant to expand Nurse Practitioners’ role
Although some policymakers want to fill the physician shortage in the U.S. by expanding the role of nurse practitioners, a new survey reported in the New Englad Journal of Medicine found that the two professions are engaged in a turf war over who can do the job better.
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2013 Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant National Salary Survey 
The Clinical Advisor recently released a national survey of annual salaries paid to nurse practitioners and Physician Assistants across the country and in different practice areas.
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Illinois says "ok” to Groupon for medical services 
After mounting pressure from practitioners to clarify whether the Groupon business model would be considered fee-splitting in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) rules that daily deal vouchers do not constitute fee-splitting … but there are strict conditions for medical practitioners to follow.
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New laser device promises to rid tattoos completely with less side effects
A new FDA approved laser device is promising to significantly decrease the side effects of laser tattoo removal which sometimes causes painful blistering and requires several procedures. The PicoSure laser is the first to capture all of the colors of the tattoo and the procedure takes less than five minutes.
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Missouri bill expands opportunities for Physician Assistants 
Missouri, which currently has the strictest Physician Assistant supervision rules in the country, next to South Carolina, may soon change course, giving PAs more opportunities to practice in the state. Passage of HB315 would significantly cut the amount of onsite supervision time required by doctors, encouraging PAs who train in Missouri to stay and practice in the state.
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