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October 2011

MON, OCT 31, 2011

Final ACO Regulations Revealed Following Negative Feedback

How does that saying go? If at first you don’t succeed, try again? Evidently, that is the prevailing theory in Washington as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the protocol for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) following a backlash from healthcare professionals and providers. In March, the CMS released... Read More

FRI, OCT 28, 2011

CMS Proposes Changes That Eliminate Red Tape

In an effort to eliminate antiquated policies and procedures that are deterrent to a hospital’s success, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently proposed rule changes that will save providers billions of dollars and allow hospitals and healthcare providers to operate with greater transparency and efficiency.  As part of President... Read More

FRI, OCT 21, 2011

Study Reveals Differences in Quality Standards Among US Hospitals

Next time you contemplate which hospital to visit for a procedure, the number one factor to consider may not be insurance coverage or cost, but the facility’s performance on quality standards. And it’s with good reason. According to an independent report released today, the difference in quality between a 5-star rated... Read More

THU, OCT 20, 2011

AQI develops system to improve patient safety

In an effort to effectively report and improve patient care, the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) has implemented the first nationwide methodology designed to track and secure information pertaining to unforeseen events caused by anesthesia, pain management, and perioperative care. The Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (AIRS) will provide an outlet for providers... Read More

MON, OCT 17, 2011

Propofol Myth Debunked

If you were to walk down the streets of Times Square and randomly ask passersby, “What is Propofol?” chances are that an answer may be something like, “Oh! That’s the drug that killed Michael Jackson.” While this is not entirely the case, the sedative drug gained much public attention after... Read More