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February 2011

WED, FEB 23, 2011

Weighing in on the Extra Cost of Anesthesia Care

In response to an article recently posted on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Web site titled, “The Extra Cost of Monitored Anesthesia Care,” written by Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen, I find it disconcerting that there remains an obvious economic focus to question the appropriate means by which patients receive comfort... Read More

WED, FEB 23, 2011

CMS Releases Revised Guidelines Following Criticism

In December 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released revised Hospital Conditions of Participation Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services. The guidelines contained significant changes, including modifications that the industry felt required clarification. At the heart of the discussions was the guidelines' distinction between anesthesia and analgesia and the administration... Read More

WED, FEB 16, 2011

Medical Groups Appeal Nurse Anesthetist Ruling

Federal rules allow states an exemption from the required physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), provided the governor of the state follows certain procedures for "opting out." In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger of California exercised that option, along with 15 other states that now have an opt-out status. The California... Read More

MON, FEB 14, 2011

Anesthesia Future Focuses on Quality

Trying to predict what the future holds for anesthesia is not a new endeavor. What is new is the introduction of health reform legislation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) put a spotlight on the changing times for healthcare providers with provisions for the delivery and compensation... Read More

FRI, FEB 4, 2011

Anesthesia Study Teams Neuroscience and Sleep Medicine

Many surgery patients believe anesthesia puts them to sleep. A review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals general anesthesia is a reversible coma, not sleep. Teaming neuroscience and sleep medicine, the article provides a framework for a better understanding of general anesthesia and its relation to sleep... Read More