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THU, JUL 23, 2015

Correlating Patient Satisfaction and Surgical Quality

The perceived link between quality of care and patient satisfaction scores has been strengthened by two recent studies. Because patient satisfaction is a significant factor in payment policy, it’s worth examining the reality of that link further. In the first of the two studies, published in the January 2015 issue of Annals... Read More

WED, JUL 1, 2015

Examining the Negative Effects of Anesthesia on Young Children

Some studies show that general anesthesia may have a long lasting effect on a child’s brain development, even years after surgery – but do we know for sure? Recent evidence found by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital suggests that children under the age of four undergoing surgery may risk impairment of... Read More

FRI, JUN 12, 2015

Anesthesiologists vs. Robots!

Rising healthcare costs have provoked cost-cutting measures throughout our healthcare system, with few care providers left untouched. Anesthesiologists are among the highest-paid physicians, and other qualified personnel are quite capable of performing selected anesthesia procedures with reduced labor costs, so it is to be expected that anesthesiologists are often a... Read More

THU, MAY 21, 2015

Coding Confusion Exposes the Complexities of Anesthesia and Healthcare Law

A recent agreement between Emblem Health and the Attorney General of the State of New York emphasizes the costs and complexities of both patient care and healthcare law. In the agreement, Emblem Health agreed to reimburse patients who were inappropriately charged anesthesia co-payments for colonoscopies that began as preventative procedures but... Read More

FRI, MAY 1, 2015

Highlights from Somnia's Annual Leadership Conference

Each year, Somnia Anesthesia gathers its anesthesia chiefs and administrators from across the country to discuss ongoing management development, current topics in the field of anesthesiology, and the company’s standards for quality, safety, patient care, and anesthesia practice management. Our annual leadership conference is a chance for corporate executives, vice presidents,... Read More