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  • Patient Selection and Management of In-Office Balloon Sinus Dilation under Local Anesthesia in Adolescent Patients

    In-office balloon sinus dilation has become a recognized method for treating adults with chronic rhinosinusitis but few published studies exist on the use of balloon sinus dilation in children, especially adolescent patients. As part of a prospective multicenter pediatric balloon sinus dilation study, our office treated 8 adolescent patients (ages 12 to 21) in the office under local anesthesia.

  • The Value of One More Hearing Aid Evaluation Opportunity

    There are many hidden opportunities and tweaks that can improve your practice’s financial standing. One of these opportunities comes from an increase of hearing aid evaluations (HAEs) that can not only improve your revenue but can also do what audiologists set out to do from the onset: help improve quality of life for patients.

  • Smart Growth: Three Ways to Boost Your Ancillary Revenue Generation

    According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies affect nearly 50 million Americans, including 30 percent of adults and about 40 percent of children, making allergic disease the fifth leading chronic disease in the US. On that same note, hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in the US. What can you do to get your practice up to speed to benefit this large portion of the population while boosting your ancillary revenue generation?

  • Medical Technology Education Improves Patient Perception of Sinus Surgery: Results from a Multicenter Survey

    Sinus surgery has evolved over the last 30 years, and so has patient education. Three decades ago, patients made healthcare choices based predominantly on the recommendation of their clinicians; but many of today's patients make surgical decisions based on a wide array of data and information sources. In fact, before an ENT consultation, twice as many patients get information on their treatment options from the internet than from a referring physician.

  • Incorporating Office-based Otolaryngology Procedures into Your Practice

    Lee M. Mandel, MD, FACS
    South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc.
    Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of South Florida, PA

    Otolarynology procedures that traditionally have been performed in the operating room or surgical center are transitioning to the office setting. This trend offers a number of benefits but also requires the establishment of equipment, staffing, and protocols.

  • Using Smartphone Cameras in Medical Practice: Productivity Gain or Privacy Pain?

    As Smartphone Use in Medical Practice Grows…You Need to Know the Rules

    Mobile devices have revolutionized health care by improving access to decision support, expediting specialist consultation, improving communication, and reducing wasted effort. However, the pace of adoption has exceeded the implementation of appropriate security measures and policy. Every physician needs to know the appropriate steps to take to optimize the usage of these devices while mitigating the risk of a privacy breach.

    Mobile devices have revolutionized health care by:

  • Evidence-Based and Value-Based, Benefits in Concert: 7 Qualities Every High-Performing Clinic Needs

    As a general rule every high-performing clinic has a set of qualities that contribute to the outcome of patient care and profitability.  These qualities are based on evidence- and value-based practices. 

    When the best research evidence (evidence-based), clinical expertise (practitioner), and the patient values (value-based) are integrated, then the clinician and patient form a diagnostic and treatment alliance which optimizes clinical outcomes and patient quality of life.

  • Long-Term Patency of Maxillary Sinus Ostia Following Dilation with a Novel Osmotic Expansion Device: A Multi-Center Study of the Vent-Os® Sinus Dilation System

    This white paper presents 12-month results from a multi-center prospective study on the patency of maxillary sinus ostia following dilation with a novel osmotic expansion device. The study was designed to evaluate basic usability and confirm expected safety and effectiveness of the Vent-Os Sinus Dilation System—developed by the SinuSys Corporation—when used to dilate maxillary sinus ostia in patients with CRS.

  • Case Study: Improved Anesthesia Protocol for In-Office Sinonasal Procedures

    The restricted surgical area and the vascularity of the inflamed sinus mucosa can make it challenging during endoscopic sinus surgery to keep the surgical field clear of bleeding, which is critical for patient safety and procedural success.  A surgeon’s clear visualization during procedures limits postoperative complications, leading to faster patient recovery, which in many cases can be influenced by anesthesia techniques.