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From the Editor: This week in Medical Travel Today, Laura Carabello

News in Review

Government to Launch Single Window Portal for Medical Tourism

Medstar Opens Day-Surgery Center in Dubai

Four Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World

Growth Seen In Health Tourism, Despite Economic Slowdown – Subramaniam

Spotlight Interview

Lee Eisenberg, M.D., M.P.H., FACS

Perspectives

Medical Travel - How Healthy is your Hospital?

Industry News

Novaseek Research and Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Partner to Help Hospitals and Patients Contribute to Biomedical Research

U.S. Will Remain Hernia Repair Market Leader by 2021 Thanks to Higher Treatment Rates, Says GlobalData

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 8, Issue 22

Dear Colleagues:

I had the pleasure of connecting with Lee Eisenberg, M.D., a practicing otolaryngology head and neck surgeon in New Jersey. Dr. Eisenberg details his trip to the Dominican Republic with the not-for-profit organization Healing the Children New Jersey where he performed roughly 125 surgeries, including adenoidectomies, partial tonsillectomies, tympanostomy tube placement, mastoidectomies and removal of neck masses.

Healing the Children New Jersey consists of three different components, including outbound, inbound and support programs - all offered at no cost for children in need.

The medical travel industry learned that Satori World Medical, Inc. has filed for bankruptcy. There may be some lessons here that we can all learn from - and build a business model that generates confidence. I have been receiving emails from many stakeholders in the medical travel community, and while they are reticent to be identified, their comments are worth repeating:

"It is a mess and a shame. They had made some headway, but the ghosts of prior
employees and overspending got the better of them..."

"The former CEO and founder of Satori was a convicted felon who served time for fraud.
His 'patents' -- which he seems to have filed while in prison -- have perhaps done the
most harm to our medical travel industry, on the corporate side. People, and
organizations, founded on lies and deceit eventually get their due, but it sometimes takes
time for the market to heal the wounds."

We're starting to hear from many hospitals, independent surgi-centers and provider groups that want to be better positioned to serve self-funded employers offering medical/surgical travel options. If you have a good story to tell us, please be in touch! We want to boost opportunities for Centers of Excellence nationwide.

Tell us:

What distinguishes your service offering in terms of cost, patient experience and satisfaction, outcomes, or other quality indicators.

Send us your descriptor, including photos or charts, and we will evaluate for publication in this newsletter.

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Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Lee Eisenberg, M.D., M.P.H., FACS

About Dr. Eisenberg
Dr. Lee Eisenberg graduated from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, in 1971. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1977. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he is a member of the AMA, Bergen County Medical Society, American Rhinological Society and Society of University Otolaryngologists.

He is an associate clinical professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York, and The University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. He was recently elected Coordinator of Government Relations for the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Eisenberg practices at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center where he is chief of Otolaryngology, and Hackensack Medical Center. His areas of expertise include Pediatric Otolaryngology, Thyroid Surgery, Otology, Sinus Disease, as well as Snoring and Sleep Apnea. He works closely with our expert Audiology staff to provide the most appropriate hearing rehabilitation for hearing loss.

Dr. Eisenberg has received the Special Service Award from the Board of Governors of the AAO-HNS and a Presidential Citation from the Academy for his nationally recognized work in practice management. In 2011 and 2012 he was presented with the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award is given to members in recognition of their contributions to the Academy and its Foundation beyond the level of an Honor Award.

In 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2008, New York magazine listed Dr. Eisenberg as one of the Best Doctors in New York. He earned his master's in Health Service Management from the Mailman School of Public Health from Columbia University in October of 2005. Dr. Eisenberg was also the 2008 recipient of the Institute for Nursing APPLE Award.

About ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP
ENT and Allergy has over 170 physicians in 40+ office locations in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties, New York City and northern/central New Jersey. The practice sees over 70,000 patients per month. Each ENT and Allergy Associates clinical location provides access to a full complement of services, including General Adult and Pediatric ENT, Voice and Swallowing, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Disorders of the Inner Ear and Dizziness, Asthma, Clinical Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid dispensing, Sleep and CT Services. ENTA has a clinical alliance with The Mount Sinai Hospital for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck and esophageal cancer, a clinical alliance with the Montefiore Medical Center for the tertiary treatment of pediatric patients in New York City and the Hudson Valley, a clinical alliance with Northwell Health System for the tertiary treatment of pediatric patients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and a partnership with the American Cancer Society to educate and treat patients with smoking disorders and cancer. The Practice has also expanded its clinical capabilities to include advanced Immunodeficiency trials. ENT and Allergy Associates Management and Marketing teams have been recognized numerous times with awards and accolades including Health Leaders Media 2011 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare, Top Doctor awards, ACS recognition award, AHAA Audiologist awards, The Westchester County Association Big W Awards and the Healthcare Marketing Report Healthcare Advertising Awards. Visit www.entandallergy.com for more information.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Give our readers some background on your professional experience.

Dr. Lee Eisenberg (LE): I practice otolaryngology head and neck surgery in Englewood, New Jersey, as founding partner with ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP. Additionally, I am an associate clinical professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In 1977, I completed my residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and in 2005, I received my M.P.H. in Health Care Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

I am a member of the Health and Payment Policy committee, a consultant to the Patient Safety and Quality Committee and a representative of the Academy at the Surgical Quality Alliance of the American College of Surgeons.

Currently, I also serve as the coordinator for Development for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

I received two Distinguished Service Awards and a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, as well as the Apple Award from the NJ State Nurses Association.

MTT: Can you tell us about Healing the Children New Jersey (HTCNJ)?

LE:Healing the Children New Jersey is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for almost 30 years.

It consists of three different programs, including:

  1. Outbound program: Two to four times per year the organization will travel overseas to different countries, i.e.: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, and depending upon the need of local residents, the specialty providers that participate in the program can include ENT, EYE, Urology, Plastics, Orthopedics or Dental. Occasionally, two different specialty providers will go on the same trip as we just did in the Dominican Republic (ENT/EYE).
  2. Inbound program: Children from other countries travel to the U.S. for surgical procedures that are not available to them locally. The children stay with a host family and receive their care at no cost through the generosity of the physicians and hospitals.
  3. NJ support: This program is for children who "fall through the cracks," or who need care that is not typically covered, i.e.: swimming therapy/dance therapy, day camps, etc. These children are generally special needs. Occasionally these children need medical care for a specific problem that is not covered by their state sponsored plan.

MTT: How did Healing the Children New Jersey get involved with the International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI?)

LE: To my understanding, a student involved with the International Surgical Health Initiative knew an individual involved with Healing the Children New Jersey. ISHI called upon HTCNJ to present, and so we did!

MTT: During your recent trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, what procedures were performed?

LE: While in the Dominican Republic, the team of providers I traveled with evaluated more than 700 children between the ENT and EYE clinics and performed approximately 125 surgeries, including adenoidectomies, partial tonsillectomies, tympanostomy tube placement, mastoidectomies and removal of neck masses.

Many of the eye procedures included those for strabismus, lacrimal duct dilation and eyelid repairs.

MTT: Are patients directed to follow-up care?

LE: Most of the children do not need follow-up care immediately after surgery, and those that do need follow-up care are operated on earlier in the week. This way, if follow-up care is needed, there is a general surgeon we work with who can treat the patients.

All patients regardless of procedure are seen a year following treatment.

MTT: Who fronts the cost of care?

LE: Since service is provided free of charge to the patients, HTCNJ relies solely on donations for our expenses, although we do receive grants occasionally.

Ninety percent of the money we receive goes towards treatment programs.

Every individual who travels on a medical mission pays their own airline expenses and gives up one week's vacation time.

MTT: What can our readers expect from Healing the Children New Jersey in the future?

LE: We hope to expand the amount of trips we take each year and increase the New Jersey state care. This, of course, all depends upon our ability to raise more funds.

Perspectives

Medical Travel - How Healthy is your Hospital?
by Moni Milchman, Founder and CEO of ARCHIMEDICX.com

Medical care is the most searched area on the internet. With over 50 million unique healthcare searchers every day, people around the world are desperately seeking medical care that meets their needs. Given the sheer amount of information, biased hospital selection methods and geographical limitations, most individuals struggle with the results of their search.

This was also my private experience when I needed to have an elective surgery. Searching the internet, I found out that reliable search and booking tools already exist in other markets, such as travel, hotels, financial services, retail and more, but until now not in healthcare, which is far more crucial.

When people want to get somewhere in the city, they can use Uber or Gettaxi to go on vacation or use other travel tools like AirBNB, Booking.com and Expedia for picking a restaurant, Open Table for making reservations. Many comparative engines rate the best consumer goods for us, from books and shoes to cars and cell phones, like, Ebay, Amazon, Alibaba and others.

But what happens if we search for medical care for our kids, our parents, for ourselves? How do we really know where to go? The need for a source of trusted, unbiased information allowing a convenient comparison is acute. ARCHIMEDICX decided to fix that, with the first ever free, objective, scientific and certified source for patients searching for medical care abroad. People all over the world now have an online global service to locate the best hospitals for their medical treatment.

The market is as huge as the global need. Over 50 million patients go abroad annually, seeking better, faster and cheaper medical care treatment, and the market is booming with 15-20 percent annual growth, and over $120 billion spent per year on medical travel. However, choosing a hospital until now has not been based on a knowledgeable decision, and choice is so basic.

Modern health consumers in the digital age want more control of their health information and data. The digital revolution has finally arrived to the healthcare market, changing the balance of power, which has shifted away from the physician to the patient. The modern patient, enjoying the user experience and choice in other fields, expects the same experience in healthcare. Modern physicians have realized the new situation and are already leading the "patient to consumer' revolution, like Dr. Eric Topol, author of "The Patient will see you now," or Dr. Pamela Hartzband and Dr. Jerome Groopman from Harvard Medical School and co-authors of "Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You." Deciding what's right for each one of us is exactly what it's all about. ARCHIMEDICX's mission is to empower patients everywhere on the globe with easy access to safe, high-quality medical care, by guiding and connecting patients worldwide, to the best hospitals for their specific medical condition. How does it work? How to compare a hospital in India to others in Europe, Australia or the U.S.?

Methodology and Ranking Algorithm

The first phase was building a methodology with global standards and indicators that are comparable. It was built by using multiple indicators, which have a direct or indirect impact on a hospital's quality of performance with respect to the patient's specific condition and medical procedure, regardless of the country or the hospital analyzed, creating a unified and global worldwide comparison standard. The indicators are divided into five main groups: Process, Structure, Outcome, Activity Volume, Research and Academy. Each one of these groups contains dozens of different parameters.

A ranking algorithm was built based on ARCHIMEDICX unique methodology, aggregating all of the millions of data points and indicators, assigning to each their respective weight, and generating a quality score for each procedure, in each analyzed hospital, everywhere in the world.

The scientific methodology and algorithm, as well as the ARCHIMEDICX comprehensive hospital database, were certified by HIMSS, worldwide largest non-for-profit organization improving healthcare over IT.

Independent Data Collection

Hospital data is being collected in an independent manner by Quomeda, a U.K. healthcare BI & Research Company, acquired by ARCHIMEDICX and now based in Antwerp, to ensure that the data remains non-biased and that potential competitors do not get a hold of this information, as well. Quomeda collects the data through multiple sources, cross-references the data from each source and against the ARCHIMEDICX database. Quomeda constantly updates the existing data, adding more medical facilities, and more procedures.

Hospitals do not pay in order to be ranked

In fact, ARCHIMEDICX takes each and every one of the hospitals' data, analyzes it, and makes sure it has a fit with the standards set by the methodology, certified by HIMSS. So, hospitals cannot affect the ranking of their own facility in any of the procedures they are being ranked for. The algorithm is a closed system, which is how we maintain users' trust.

Our main revenue model is referral fees from hospitals, which we get only after checks of the patients medical file and the approval of the diagnosis and needed treatment/ procedure by the hospital, in order to make sure patients do not make this whole trip for nothing.

Additional revenue models to be implemented in the near future are travel, flights, accommodation, transportation, facilitation, post-treatment services, insurance, funding and more. Until now, 250 hospitals have signed and counting, most of them prior to the launch of the ARCHIMEDICX website.

Partnering with Innovation

As an innovative solution, ARCHIMEDICX strives to extend its network looking to work closely with doctors, hospitals, healthcare facilitators and any person or organization that may help create awareness towards its free service, and refer patients to its website. The company looks for partners who would like to enlarge their scope of business, as well as better serve their customers.

For facilitators, Archimedicx has created an affiliation program within its portal that allows secure communication with hospitals, supports the affiliation process and allows each affiliate to create multiple patient accounts and communicate with hospitals on behalf of the patient.

About Moni Milchman

Founder of ARCHIMEDICX, Moni has a long-standing history in planning and establishing innovative projects and healthcare facilities. He has been involved in developing private hospitals and health insurance programs in Europe. Previously, he founded a large insurance sales organization and later acquired a private insurance company. Moni studied Economics and Business Administration.

Affiliates or facilitators who wish to partner with the company should get in touch with Ms. Ricki Lavi, director of Market Development.

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Industry News

Novaseek Research and Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Partner to Help Hospitals and Patients Contribute to Biomedical Research

Novaseekresearch.com - Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and Novaseek Research today announced a novel collaboration that will enable Massachusetts-based hospitals and patients to contribute broadly to the advancement of biomedical research. Through this collaboration, MHA member hospitals will leverage Novaseek's state-of-the art platform to provide researchers in industry and academia with biospecimens and associated clinical data from consenting patients, accelerating research into the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Breakthroughs in medicine require the support of patients and healthcare organizations of all sizes. However, many institutions struggle to balance research engagement with their core mission of providing patient care. The Novaseek platform makes contributing to biomedical research easier than ever before by plugging into health information systems at hospitals and labs, and matching data and specimens from consenting patients directly to research needs.

Getting access to clinical data and biospecimens is a chronic problem that continues to delay or derail vital research projects. Novaseek integrates clinical data from multiple healthcare organizations, ensuring that the data is HIPAA-compliant and easy to use in R&D. Novaseek's platform realizes the potential of the electronic medical record (EMR) by accessing streams of data on thousands of specimens from consenting patients that flow through hospital laboratories each day and that would otherwise be discarded.

It provides researchers with powerful analytics, based on real-world, real-time data, and supports project planning and biospecimen accrual projections. Furthermore, the platform enables researchers to specify criteria such as lab values, gender, diagnosis and medication history, and then match these search criteria to biospecimens in the hospitals. Novaseek and its healthcare partners use IRB-approved protocols and patient consents to ensure the ethical conduct of research and respect for all participants.

"We are excited to collaborate with the Massachusetts Hospital Association," said Dr. Kate Torchilin, CEO, Novaseek Research. "Novaseek was born from the need to bridge the world of life sciences research and the hospital world. Our collaboration with MHA is also strategically aligned with the objectives of the NIH's Precision Medicine Initiative announced earlier this year."

"Novaseek Research is a key technology leader that will enable more patients at more hospitals to participate in vital biomedical research," said Lynn Nicholas, president and CEO of MHA. "As the first hospitals in Massachusetts begin to adopt Novaseek's platform, we are proud to promote getting consented patient data and samples into the hands of researchers who are developing new treatments and cures, and further strengthening Massachusetts' preeminent position in life sciences research."

About MHA
The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the good health of the people of the Commonwealth. Through leadership in public advocacy, education, and information, MHA represents and advocates for the collective interests of its members and supports their efforts to provide high quality, cost effective and accessible care. While Massachusetts hospitals and other care providers are facing an era of unprecedented change, MHA members remain committed to their most basic mission: caring for people. To continue to fulfill this mission, the hospitals and health systems of Massachusetts support a set of fundamental values. We believe that the health care system must:

  • focus on the needs of patients and the health status of the community;
  • provide access to care for all members of society;
  • use resources wisely and support incentives for high quality, cost-effective care;
  • work continuously to improve the quality of care;
  • be accountable for its performance to the community;
  • fulfill healthcare needs through collaboration and partnerships;
  • support innovation and leadership in advancing the clinical process, new delivery models, and ways to lower cost and reconfigure capacity

About Novaseek
Novaseek connects researchers from industry and academia with healthcare organizations, and enables broad patient participation in medical advances. The Novaseek Clinical Data Network for Research (CDNR) is the industry's first HIPAA compliant comprehensive platform that enables researchers to access real-world, real-time clinical data and large quantities of high quality biospecimens. Incorporating Novaseek's CDNR platform across all phases of research and development helps to generate powerful new insights, increases R&D productivity, and decreases risk in the pursuit of new cures. The CDNR platform was developed by experts in drug development, hospital operations and health IT to create a win-win for industry, academia, healthcare providers and patients. For more information, please visit www.novaseekresearch.com.

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Industry News

U.S. Will Remain Hernia Repair Market Leader by 2021 Thanks to Higher Treatment Rates, Says GlobalData

  • U.S. set to hold on to its domination of hernia repair market through to 2021, as treatment rates in the country continue to rise
  • However, various smaller markets, such as Brazil, will expand more rapidly than the U.S. during the forecast period, says analyst

Although there will be substantial changes across the global hernia repair space by 2021 as the Global Stem Cells Group announced the opening of a new core new laparoscopic technique grows in popularity, the U.S. will sustain its steady domination of the market due to its superior treatment rates, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

According to the company's report,* the overall U.S. hernia repair market was valued at approximately $875 million in 2014, and is expected to rise to approximately $1.2 billion by 2021, at a moderate Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of four percent.

Yizhe Xu, GlobalData's analyst covering Medical Devices, says that while developing economies are growing rapidly across the incisional, umbilical, femoral and inguinal hernia repair markets due to their large population bases, it may take some time for these countries to catch up with the U.S. in treatment rates.

Xu explains: "The U.S. has a higher adoption of expensive meshes in general, and procedure volume will go up by one percent annually. For example, the majority of umbilical hernia repairs are performed with composite meshes, which contribute to a higher market valuation.

"The usage levels of this mesh type will remain constant throughout the forecast period, so the rising market valuation will be driven solely by increases in procedure volume as the population grows."

While hernia repair markets in some other countries are much more modest in size, they will expand more rapidly than the U.S. during the forecast period.

GlobalData states that the U.K. hernia repair market was valued at $85 million in 2014, and will increase to $124 million by 2021, representing a CAGR of 5.5 percent. Furthermore, Brazil's overall hernia repair market was valued at $46 million in 2014, and will increase to $71 million by 2021, with a high CAGR of 6.5 percent.

Xu explains: "The increase in the Brazilian market value is being driven by the immense growth in the incisional hernia market and the increased use of 3D, composite, and biologic meshes will also play a part."

- NOTES TO EDITORS -

This report provides analysis of the hernia repair space across the 10 major markets of the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., Japan, Brazil, China and India, including annualized market data from 2014 and forecast until 2021. It discusses current and future trends towards different mesh types, procedure volumes for different hernia indications, and how the laparoscopic approach will grow in coming years.

This report was built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research, and in-house analysis conducted by GlobalData's team of industry experts.

For guidelines on how to cite GlobalData, please see: www.globaldata.com/QuotingGlobalData.aspx

- ABOUT GLOBALDATA -

GlobalData is a leading global research and consulting firm offering advanced analytics to help clients make better, more informed decisions every day. Our research and analysis is based on the expert knowledge of over 700 qualified business analysts and 25,000 interviews conducted with industry insiders every year, enabling us to offer the most relevant, reliable and actionable strategic business intelligence available for a wide range of industries.

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Joint Commission Offers New Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

The Joint Commission is offering a new Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

The advanced certification program addresses transitions of care for patients undergoing total hip and total knee replacement surgeries. The on-site review and advanced certification requirements include procedures associated with the orthopedic consultation, pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

The Joint Commission developed this program due to growth in the number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgeries, and the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues faced by patients in need of joint replacement, functional limitations in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

An organization must have achieved Joint Commission Hospital, Critical Access Hospital or Ambulatory Care Accreditation in order to be eligible for this certification program. Organizations must also meet the general eligibility requirements of Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification.

"Achieving Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement recognizes an organization's commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for their patients," said Wendi Roberts, R.N., B.A., M.S., CLNC, executive director of certification, The Joint Commission. "The advanced certification will give providers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to providing coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement."

The advanced certification focuses on:

  • The continuum of care and all transitions that occur within each phase of care beginning with the orthopedic consultation through the postoperative phase and follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon.
  • Education of the total hip and total knee replacement patient in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases. Education should address comorbid assessments, risk factors, postoperative rehabilitation and discharge planning.
  • Shared decision-making that includes the patient throughout the continuum of care.
  • Consistent communication and collaboration between all healthcare providers involved in the care of the patients throughout the continuum of care.
  • In accordance with The Joint Commission's standards development process, Joint Commission staff convened a technical advisory panel of multidisciplinary clinical experts to discuss how to evaluate programs seeking advanced total hip and total knee replacement certification. Staff also conducted a field review and pilot surveys to assess the current state of total hip and total knee replacement care services and the operational challenges in addressing the continuum of care.

In accordance with The Joint Commission's standards development process, Joint Commission staff convened a technical advisory panel of multidisciplinary clinical experts to discuss how to evaluate programs seeking advanced total hip and total knee replacement certification. Staff also conducted a field review and pilot surveys to assess the current state of total hip and total knee replacement care services and the operational challenges in addressing the continuum of care.

Organizations interested in Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement can request an application. For more information, please email certification@jointcommission.org or call (630) 792-5291.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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2016 Annual FMMA Conference

August 18-20, 2016 - The Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK
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Destination Health - Canadian Medical Tourism Trade Show

September 9-11, 2016 - Shaw Center, Ottawa, Canada
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Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making

Medical Travel Today - the authoritative newsletter for the worldwide medical travel industry - is pleased to announce publication of a new book, "Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making."

Featuring 40 of the newsletter's most compelling interviews from the first five years of publication, the volume chronicles the explosive growth of international medical tourism as witnessed and experienced by some of the key stakeholders and players. A must-read for anyone interested or involved in the industry.


News in Review

Government to Launch Single Window Portal for Medical Tourism

Hindubusinessline.com - The Government plans to launch a single window portal in order to promote medical and wellness tourism in the country, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Wednesday.

Medstar Opens Day-Surgery Center in Dubai

Khaleejtimes.com - UAE residents can now avail surgical treatment and get discharged the same day as Medstar Day Surgery Centre opens in Dubai and claims to provide customers the convenience of receiving world-class surgical care and discharge, all within a day.

Four Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World

Internationalliving.com - As healthcare costs in the U.S. continue to spiral upward, one of the main questions any aspiring expat asks is, "Can I get great healthcare when I move overseas?" The simple answer is yes…and without breaking the bank, either.

Growth Seen In Health Tourism, Despite Economic Slowdown - Subramaniam

Malyasiandigest.com - The economic slowdown does not affect the arrival of health tourist to Malaysia, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniamin.

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