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MON, JUL 21, 2014

Your Brain on Anesthesia: The Journey Back to Consciousness

One of anesthesia’s greatest mysteries is how patients wake up with their memories intact, despite being unresponsive for hours. A recent study has attempted to uncover how the brain returns to its normal state after anesthesia. The study, conducted by Dr. Andrew Hudson, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the David Geffen... Read More

MON, JUL 14, 2014

Cut Time and Costs with Regional Anesthesia

Ben Franklin once said that “Time is Money,” and this can certainly be applied to patients under anesthesia. The emergence of improved regional anesthesia techniques is providing practices and patients with critical opportunities to save both time and money. Regional anesthesia differs from general anesthesia because it targets the one... Read More

WED, JUN 11, 2014

Are All Preoperative Procedures Necessary? A New Study Suggests to Cut to Reduce Costs

Preoperative procedures preceding a patient’s surgery require a patient to arrive hours before their surgery. But how effective are pre-anesthetic tests? Routine pre-anesthetic tests cost more than $60 billion every year and studies dating back to 1985 offer evidence that these tests may incur unnecessary costs and that they may... Read More

TUE, MAY 20, 2014

Survey: How Up-to-Par Are Your Anesthesia Operations?

Clinical excellence in anesthesia does not always result in effective anesthesia management. A mismanaged anesthesia operation exposes great financial, performance, and administrative risks to the hospital. After speaking with many of our clients, we have learned that most problems their former anesthesia groups  possessed could be categorized into 5 main... Read More

MON, MAY 5, 2014

Leading Publication Discusses OIG Recommendations on HOPD Medicare Payments

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have been a major focus of our discussions, publications, and presentations in 2014 here at Somnia Anesthesia. Concurrently, they have been in the spotlight of the healthcare world as well. With many changes in regulatory and pay-for-performance programs from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services... Read More